Sembia

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A country of merchants to the east of Cormyr and south of the Dalelands.

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04/17/24

Sembia is a wealthy merchant kingdom situated east of Cormyr on the western edge of the Sea of Fallen Stars. It is a land of rolling farms and rich plains dominated by a handful of large, wealthy cities. It is a well-run, organized nation that may in time rival the old kingdoms of the South and East. It is already one of the dominant powers in the region, something which makes its neighbours (particularly the Dalelands) very nervous.

The wealthy merchant kingdom of Sembia is a land of good farms, busy ports, skilled textile makers, and prosperity, with a vigilant army to keep it that way. The arms of Sembia are the Raven and Silver. The raven represents Rauthauvyr the Raven, long-ago founder of the realm, who never ruled Sembia but instead commanded its armies for a succession of merchant rulers. The silver coins represent Sembia’s trading wealth.

Sembia today is a strong kingdom, quick to defend threats to its sovereignty (such as the rise of Scardale), and first in financial wealth of all the western Inner Sea lands. Its ruler is called the Overmaster and is elected to a seven-year term by a council of merchants.

This merchant council is presently based in Ordulin and is 22 strong. The incumbent ruler, Elduth Yarmmaster, is just beginning his third term of office. Although there are always those ambitious for the Overmaster’s chair or dissatisfied with its present occupant, Elduth has proven to be an mature and wise man of kindness and humor, though quite frail and elderly now and reportedly sustained by potions of longevity.

Some in Sembia have urged Elduth to take advantage of the recent disappearance of the elves to take over the lands from Hillsfar to the Dragon Reach to Mistledale and the Thunder Peaks, but so far Elduth has refused. He is eloquent in council, arguing that “swords speak, but they do not listen”, and that the neighbouring lands of Cormyr, the Dales, and the Moonsea would like as not reach for their own swords should they make such a claim. Instead, Elduth argues that Sembia should stand ready to support, and if necessary, usurp control in, those troubled regions quietly, as Cormyr did with Tilverton. Those who agree with Elduth speak of his sage nature in playing a patient waiting game. Those who disagree note that the great statesmen of Sembia is old and will likely not live out his term, magical enhancements or not. Then there will be a new day for Sembia.

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