The Saga of House Riordan
Politics of Ufrain
House Corvo currently rules the north, lead by King Gregor Corvo from the capital of Snowsilver. The south (Braga) is ruled by House Galetto, lead by Lord Flavio Galetto from the capital of Krinfast. The east (Khudora) is ruled by House Najjar, lead by Lord Adisa Najjar from the capital of Akhari Ekhon.
Both the north and south are in a state of wary peace with the east, having only recently become acquainted. Some trade happens between the powers, but dangerous routes make it difficult. Neither group knows too much about the other, and not much is being done to remedy the situation.
While there have been many altercations and wars between houses and groups of houses throughout history, the entirety of the northern and southern kingdoms had never gone to war before the War of the Frosts. For many minor houses, political affiliation was simply a matter of where they were situated; a house in the north was a part of the northern kingdom whether they liked it or not, but there was little responsibility to actively honour this allegiance. North and south had always been somewhat tense, always working to outdo the other and prove their worth, but both knew that full scale war would cost them greatly. This changed when Gregor Corvo took the throne of the north from his father and began to realise his ambition to create a united Northern Kingdom.
Gregor began asking allegiance of the houses of the north, taking banner houses and ensuring that every house was part of a hierarchical system leading back to Corvo at the top. Naturally, being a part of this new Northern Kingdom came with a level of separation from the south, and full allegiance to House Corvo. This did not sit well with many of the northern houses, who had become prosperous through freedom and arrangements with the south. As houses began to break away from Gregor’s new kingdom, a state of war was declared – the Northern Kingdom against anybody who was opposed to it. Seeing his opportunity to amass more loyal houses, Lord Flavio of the south rallied the “Free Houses” of the Southern Kingdom to him, promising aid to any who opposed Corvo and freedom for all of the south.
This quickly created numerous small wars between nearby houses who had a split in their allegiance. Many northern houses rebelled against Corvo’s new kingdom, while some southern houses idealised it and worked to become a part of it. Naturally, the chaos was a ripe opportunity for ambitious houses to make a move and claim more land or power. Most of these minor house hostilities have now been resolved, leaving many houses destroyed or scattered in the wake of more powerful neighbours. The Riordans’ invasion of House Grundtvig is one of the last such attacks in the north.
Now that the internal struggles have been mostly ironed out, the north and south are in a state of escalating open war. While it is currently limited to border skirmishes and raids, the ambitions and ideals of Corvo and Galetto are unlikely to simmer down any time soon. Being situated within 500 miles of the “no man’s land” between the kingdoms, House Riordan stands to gain, or lose, a lot from this war.