|Leader(s)||the Ranga Nui|
Background[edit | edit source]
A powerful kingdom established by conquest centuries ago, Rauatai is a major naval power on the shores of the north-eastern continent. Despite frequent storms, the aumaua managed to settle most of the Gulf through perseverance and cooperation, and recently expanded its reach by investing in trading colonies along the coast. Currently, the Great Kingdom the most prosperous of the Old Empires, Rauatai has expanded aggressively into the Deadfire Archipelago to secure natural resources that are scarce in their native, storm-torn land.
The powerful naval kingdom of Rauatai is dominated by coastal aumaua and ruled by a ranga nui. Though folk, dwarves, and orlans can be found in Rauatai, most are merchants or remnants of the old kingdoms Rauatai conquered when they seized power centuries ago. Legends say that the Rauataians came to their lands from the Deadfire Archipelago in the wake of a terrible cataclysm, but the details of that event have been lost to time and the imagination of storytellers.
Society[edit | edit source]
The lore college of Rauatai is central to its culture, its chanters responsible for maintaining history and traditions alive. All students answer to the Keeper of the college, who is responsible for weaving their stories into the chant that serves as a record of Rauatai knowledge and lore. Furthermore, it is one of the greatest libraries in existence... According to its chanters at least.
Government and politics[edit | edit source]
The nation is ruled by a ranga nui from the royal city of Tâkowa. The famously cooperative and open nation started shifting towards isolationism and traditionalism in recent years. Supported by the ranga nui's son, the traditionalists coalesced into a movement called the Pahari, promoting a fundamentalist interpretation of the Tanvii ora Toha, the sacred text of the aumaua, coupled with a form of aumanuan exceptionalism. Advocating a ban on foreign presence, they are slowly gaining momentum in Rauatai society.
Provinces of the Kingdom include:
- Rahuoka, a small province of inland Rauatai.
Military[edit | edit source]
Rauatai is a power to be reckoned with, equal to the Aedyr Empire. Emphasizing speed and firepower over resilience, Rauatai ketches can fight with even Vailian carracks on even footing, exploiting their bulk and lack of speed. Artillery is the key asset, however: Rauatai is at the forefront of artillery, firearm, and explosives research. One of their top artillery masters advised Dyrwood on the Godhammer Bomb during the Saint's War, in fact, but efforts are more modest on the home front, focusing on bombards, cannons, and mortars.
Its large military includes numerous units, including:
- The Ruquapa: An elite group of specially-trained warriors who personally carry out the ranga nui's will. Most of them are barbarians, transmutation wizards, and chanters who specialize in overcoming larger forces. They are most often sent with the vanguard to soften new territories for conquest or to quell rebellion in troublesome provinces. As barbarians and wizards, they use their abilities to transform the battlefield to their advantage and then overwhelm their opponents. The wizards open great rifts in the earth to destroy entrenched defenses, turn the air to poison to divide and route enemy units, and boil rivers to block retreats. Meanwhile, barbarians wear down enemy forces, and lore college chanters strengthen allies and intimidate foes with songs of the unit's valor. In their tactical prowess, their mastery of warfighting techniques, and their tactical foresight, they exemplify many of Rauatai's key virtues.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- The language spoken in Rauatai is non-Indo-Euro in inspiration.