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Geography and Politics of Upper Papimic
According to the chronology accepted by the nobles and clergy of Papsin, most of the dwarves left the Jungle of Neldar and climbed up into Upper Papimic within a few years of the emergence of the first Aanians on the coast of Shremfal (the Aanians are generally accepted to have been the first exiles to reach Quarelis, and the year they are believed to have arrived is Year 1 of the New Era reckoning).
A dwarf named Daeron, the leader of a small (stories often say the smallest) clan group of dwarves, led his people boldly westward in advance of the other clans. In later legend he was said to have been gifted with divine inspiration by Sammas. In any case, he marched them along the Doran and Niallin Rivers all the way to the Hallowed Peaks. Leaving the caravan outside, he took his eldest surviving son Parcelsus and climbed into the Valley of Papsin where he saw a vision of Sammas in the form of a mighty golden dragon.
Daeron’s people settled in Papsin under the guidance of Sammas in the person of Daeron himself and Parcelsus. At first the new nation had but one king, Daeron, and one priest, Parcelsus. Beneath the stone of Papsin were silver, gold, copper, and zinc in abundance, and as the other clans of dwarves fanned out across Upper Papimic seeking places where there was adequate water to grow food, many chose to join Daeron and Parcelsus’ people in the protective shadow of the Hallowed Peaks. West of them was a well-watered valley (by Papimican standards) where clouds rolling up the side of the mountains laid down rain and snow. As dwarves found the passes over the North Quar Mountains and other places rich in ore, Papsin, by virtue of its central location and its wise leadership, organized the creation of roads and trade agreements. Establishing branches of the priesthood of Sammas in all the communities they could find, the descendants of Parcelsus were able to convince all the dwarves of Upper Papimic to participate in one worship and one government.
The fundamental political philosophy of the dwarves of Upper Papimic is that the “natural” state of dwarven civilization is for all dwarves to recognize their heritage as a single nation, with a single faith (in Sammas) and a single king (in Papsin). From the beginning, the Old Dwarves of Upper Papimic have regarded the New Dwarves of Salina, in particular, as implicit rebels against the natural order of things. (Dwarves of Upper Papimic tend to assume that the dwarves of the other realms of Lower Papimic are their long-lost brethren; these Lower Papimican dwarves, for their part, often find Upper Papimican dwarves overly pious, naive, and annoying.)
This very sentiment that all dwarves are one family has made the Kings in Papsin ever reluctant to intervene with armies in the affairs of Lower Papimic. Only two such campaigns have ever been mounted, each limited in scale, one ending in an ignominious stalemate, one a failure and tragedy.
Papsin is ruled by a King, who serves for life, and who is chosen from among the descendants of Parcelsus. At one time, the kingship passed father to son and only in the male line, but this is no longer the legally binding means of selection. A Grand Assembly of Electors (the ranking noblemen of Nial, Doran, Sargon, Skarne, Steingold, Northmarch, Southmarch, and Quishold) in consultation with the High Priest in Papsin choose the king from the eligible descendants, who now all have at least one connection to Parcelsus through a woman since Doracin died with no sons in exile in 709 NE. The High Priest retains the right to convoke the Electors if he judges the King to have committed some great crime or to be incapacitated.
Brief History of Upper Papimic / Papsin
The dwarves use the New Era reckoning, especially the dwarves of Papsin. Salina attempted to start its own system of reckoning, but it did not catch on.
10 NE - Sammas appears to Daeron and Parcelsus.
[Daeron’s age = 50 ; Parcelsus’ age = 17 ]
91 NE - Parcelsus’ son Cetus succeeds to the throne; beginning of the Cetan dynasty
402 NE - Anthor is crowned king by the High Priest of Sammas, ending the Troubles
and beginning the Lysimichan dynasty
616 NE - Odovallin, a priest in western Papsin, in response to the ongoing famine and scandal
begins preaching that the Lysimichan dynasty has lost Sammas’ favor
681 NE - Residual tension against the dynasty flares up again in response to the military
misadventure against the grimlocks of the Slopes
689 NE - King Odorin dies, leaving his fraternal twin sons to dispute the throne between them
694 NE - At the Battle of Lucin, Drerin defeats his brother Doracin, but is struck down by a stray
bolt; partisans of Drerin refuse to accept Doracin as king
700 NE - The Grand Assembly exiles Doracin and calls on the High Priest to provide a list of
(226 IR) acceptable successors from the heirs of Parcelsus, beginning the elective monarchy
906 NE - King Dori is accused by the High Priest of misrule. Against the King’s wishes, the High
Priest convinces most of the Grand Assembly to gather in Papsin.
907 NE - The Grand Assembly declares King Dori to have lost the Mandate of Sammas
(433 IR) (sometimes called the Mandate of Heaven), harkening back to Odovallin’s sermons
three centuries before, and elects Aloin of the Northmarch as new king
996 NE - King Aloin II and the High Priest formally rebuke Salina for invading Anawadi, but
(522 IR) the unwillingness of the nobles to commit troops to not only fight dwarves, but to
contest Salina, a fight they would likely lose, dissuades the King from intervening
1148 NE - For the first time the Quaran Empire openly assists Salina in the invasion and
(674 IR) destruction of States; King Anthor III declares an embargo on Quaran trade that lasts
almost 50 years, and Quarans are forced to either pay a tax to supply a fund for
refugees or leave Upper Papimic; in response the Empire threatens to restrict worship
of Sammas and take other measures against Papsin nationals
1195 NE - Quaran Empire and Papsin negotiate a settlement and drop measures against each
(721 IR) other, coincident with a cooling of relations between Quar and Salina