Sion

Sion

At the other edge of civilization stands Sion. It is located in the great forests of Vestfold, at the base of the only known pass of a great mountain range behind which no civilization exists. It started as a chegaran colony whose chief role was to mine salt and process timber, but repeated barbarian incursions coming from both the west and the east made the ancient city lose contact with it. Faced with abandonment and enemies on all sides, Sion and its' people was forced to increasingly militarize. Its' wooden walls were turned to stone and every able bodied male, from boys of 14 to the elderly, were expected to know how to fight. This rugged regime and rugged terrain led to a rugged people who survived untold sieges and assaults and who reached the peak of their power upon defeating the warlord Brennus, who had conquered even Chegara, and effectively neutralized the rampaging barbarian clans.

This led to a population and recognition of independence, but the incurssions were not ended, and Sion retained their military affinity and policies. Indeed, it was because of this that they formed the backbone of the Man-Dwarf alliance, with even their eternal enemy of Rod recognizing their ability to wage war.

Skantarios' ascension suited this warlike people and their king declared undying loyalty to the dragon and converted his entire people immediately after he was reborn, turning away from the old chegaran faith. They tore down their statues of Aurabo and replaced them with the newly born war god, who chose his humanoid form to be that of a horned, armored warrior with four arms, and they painted red dragons on their banners and shields. Pleased with this, Skantarios last act before leaving the mortal world was to give Sion a one of a kind two-handed sword with a red blade that could melt through any armor and shield. Sionites devised trials and duels to see who would wield it, and over time these became the basis of the elective monarchy of the city-state where every man could become king if he proved himself worthy of both leading and wielding the sword. Ruxs, as they called it, was last wielded by King Scorilo when he fell at Krak and it has been lost to Sion.

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