Off the Edge
When Choral the Conqueror began his bloody conquest in 4499, certain families of the Aldori swordlords fled south into the River Kingdoms and watched their homeland burn. They thought they
were in the vanguard of their people. Instead, they were first in flight, as many of their compatriots remained behind to fight the invaders. Though 200 years have passed, the Aldori of Mivon still worry at the memory of their ignominious retreat, and rather than admit the cowardice of their ancestors, have turned the existence of Brevoy itself into an insult to their honor. “Coward” and “Brevoy bird” have become among the gravest insults one can bestow on the Mivoni Aldori, and those who lived here before the exodus have picked it up as well.
In the 200 years since, they have turned the River Kingdom of Mivon into a place where one’s fortunes rise and fall based on the outcome of duels. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 60 may duel and the rules are fairly straightforward. Governmental positions are won through duels, although only Aldori are allowed in these competitions.
Mivon has no unified army. Each Aldori House fields its own militia, swearing fealty to their lords rather than to the state. Houses compete over the right to provide security and what ought to be peaceful transfers of such duties sometimes end in blood.