The first ships bound for Emeriaa were those of Lord Festus Devan, a devout follower of the Church of the Conqueror, a form of Kadian Monotheism based around the idea that the first Emperor Kadius the Conqueror, ascended to the heavens and became the Emperor of the Divines, ruling over all other deities. Festus and his men left Holy Kadia of their own free will aboard great ships setting sale to conquer the land as a holy crusade. Along the journey Lord Festus’ ship capsized. Many of the his men were killed and Lord Festus himself was wounded, his left side crippled. The rest of the ships survived the journey and formed the northern-most Kadian colony in Emeriaa, Devania. Despite his injury Festus was integral in the establishment of the young colony. The first settlement in Devania, Devanshire was burned 5 times by the Icewalker clan, the natives who called the land home, before the settlers’ arrival. Clashes with this clan lasted years and many lost their lives on both sides. Yet Festus and his men were strong, and possessed many magical divine relics heirlooms of the Devan family from Holy Kadia. It is said Festus strode the field in a blessed set of plate mail armor that allowed him to move despite his crippling injuries. 15 years after the original landing, Festus had eradicated the Icewalker clan and claimed the land for Holy Kadia. Since those days nearly an age ago a Devan has been Lord or Lady of Devania from the Castle at Lordwatch in the walled capital of Devanshire.
Today Devania is the least populated of the colonies. The devout members of Devania’s house of Lords lead by Lord Governor Leviticus Devan II uphold a very old set of laws. One of which is a very controlled birthing right, keeping the population of holy original bloodlines. The Knights of Devania, who proudly fought the clanbound in the Emeriaan Wars, now spend their days in the myriad of Keeps that dot the dense pine forests of Devania’s western edge, near the border of the Wintercap mountains. Most of Devania is made up of pine barrens, The name “pine barrens” refers to the area’s sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil, to which the crops originally imported by Kadian settlers didn’t take well. These uncommon conditions enable a unique and diverse spectrum of plant life, including orchids and carnivorous plants. The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand. The people of Devania are devout Kadians. They work 6 days a week in the lumberyards and mills for the Lords and Knights of the realm. The 7th day of their week is spent in the church of the Conqueror, the colonies official church of which there is one in each settlement. Devania did not take to the idea of swelling their dwindling numbers with exiles and blasphemers they shut their ports and stopped trading with other colonies. Devania has been shut away from other colonies for nearly 10 years. It is said Leviticus Devan II is mad…