The Realm of Eros
The Realm of Eros is one of the mightiest empires in the entire known world. For more than 200 years they have been the dominant power in southern Aurea with their combination of a strong government and powerful army. The equally named capitol is the grand golden city of Eros which lies in the south-eastern corner of the Realm itself. Other great cities in the Realm are: Nemis, Cadma, Aganium, Naxios, Megapion and Port Karission.
Although most of the Realm of Eros is located on the continent of Aurea, colonies have also been established on the southern continent of Ebodos.
The Realm of Eros has prospered in recent years thanks to the cultural and scientific progress achieved after the emperorship of Aeson IV. His great-grandson, Lysander II, now wears the Golden Crown.
The myths say that the golden city of Eros was found by the golden god Aur himself. But it is more likely that the city was founded by refugees from the southern continent. The city itself has been continuously inhabited for about 500 years but has had its heyday for the past 200 years. After years of being a republic, Aeson I changed the form of government of the Realm of Eros into an absolute imperial state. The era has been adjusted accordingly. The year of Aeson’s coronation would from now on be known as year 1 of the new Erosian era.
Allies of the Realm of Eros include some of the Valish Kingdoms of the north. The eternal rival of Eros is the eastern Jagradian Empire. After the conquest of Cadma from the Empire of Jagrad by the Realm of Eros, there has always been tension between the two great powers. Nevertheless, there have been no notable battles in the last 50 years.
There is also a great disapproval of the Nikta in the Tellaria peninsula. After years of mutual assaults, Emperor Aeson III decided to attack the Nikta. But the forests of Tellaria were empty territory for the heroic soldiers of Eros. Instead of conquering the land and exterminating the Nikta, Aeson decided to lock them up on their own peninsula. After years of unsuccessful raids, he decided to separate the peninsula from the rest of the empire by a large wooden wall. The wall became known as the Great Wooden Wall.
The Realm of Eros is located on the southern coastlines of the continent of Aurea. It is a mountainous country with some very large cities but also smaller hidden mountain villages. In addition, there are also several islands or archipelagos off the Aurian coast.
The Realm of Eros runs from the city of Cadma in the east to the town of Pelanium in the west.
The Realm of Eros is adjacent to the Empire of Jagrad in the east. In addition, Eros borders several Valish kingdoms and lands in the North. In the south-west is the Tellaria peninsula which is separated by the Great Wooden Wall.
Governance is not uniform throughout the Realm, which is something you would expect. For example, several cities are led by a magistrate, but the city of Nemis, for example, has its own lord, Lord Solon.
However, all individual provinces and cities fall under the authority of the emperor, in this case Emperor Lysander II.
In addition, all parts of the Realm and important cities also have one or more emissaries in the Senate of Eros. It is therefore also mandatory for all these areas to have a constant physical representation in the city of Eros.
The Senate is currently made up of 100 different senators. The current Senate leader is Septus Tulius, who belongs to the conservative faction.
A dictator in the Realm of Eros is one of the four highest-ranking generals in the country. There are currently only four Dictators, named the Dictatorii. These leaders have only the emperor himself above them and they have control on a partion of the total Erosian army. The Dictators are: Alexos “The Wolf”, of the Southern Erosian Army, Myrina “The Fierce”, of the Western Erosian Army, Ketimnon “The Wind of the East”, of the Eastern Erosian Army, Varikanos “Longspear”, of the Northern army.
After the Dictatorii come the Strategii. A strategos is just one rank lower than a dictator. Most dictators have more than one strategos to help them with their daily tasks. Most dictators themselves started out as strategos in their careers and then progressed to the position of Dictator. A strategos generally has a broader knowledge of a certain field with which he supports his dictator. For example, Alaster from Megapion is known as an excellent planner in the field of logistics.
The Erosian fleet is called the Silver Fleet and they are being led by the Navarchs of Eros. A Navarch is one of the highest admirals of the Erosian Silver fleet. The difference with the Dictatorii is that there are more Navarchs and that the ships of the Navarchs are private possession. This also creates a completely different dynamic than with the ordinary land army, which is directly under the control of the emperor and the senate. The Navarchs are also indirectly under the Emperor’s control in emergencies, but most of the time they offer their ships and fleet to the highest bidder.