Vesimä

Vesima

Introduction

The ancient elvish nation of Vesimä was founded in the late third Age. The natural deepwater harbor known as Urossan Bay (the Bay of Drakes) was the location of the city of Vesimä during the time just after the War of the Chains. Vesimä is one of the most important elvish kingdoms; it serves as a nexus of the Silver Road and the kingdom bears a tree grown from Asca-Irminsul. Besides Tailimisiä, Vesimä is the oldest continually inhabited elvish kingdom in the North. It is a repository of culture, learning, and wealth.

To know Vesimä is to know the elves.

Antomen syn Balikova

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History

Vesimä was founded in the Third Age; it’s first mention is as the homeland of the Seafarer King Aisiten Merivenë. Kavalson writes,

Until the year III.1075 ruled the Seafarer, well into the dark times of the Empire and the elves of his kindred caused to be chosen as Hierophant his own sister’s daughter, Aasentameri, the Flower of the Waters. Under her rule the ships of the Nouriso were made into vast fleets and Vesimä and Sidabrina became the greatest harbors of the north, and the elvish ships ranged over all the seas.

The ancient civilization of Vesimä dates to before the raising of the Pillar itself. It’s role in the War of the Moon of the 7th Age was pivotal. Unlike the kingdoms of men, who’s history can be measured in chapters, Vesimä’s would take entire books to tell. Instead, I shall focus on its recent 10th Age history.

During the ravages of the Bleeding Plague, Vesimä was devastated by sickness. Fully one third of its entire population was killed by the Plague, and bodies were stacked like cordwood in the streets. The great Principalities were essentially independent kingdoms. It was not until the mid-ninth age that the kingdom was unified again under the banner of Alosaryn Esimerë. The Esimerë kings ruled Vesimä throughout the Ninth Age.

However, shortly after the beginning of the Shield Age King Eloden Esimerë led the Vesimän army in a war against the Golnian Tetrarchs. He was slain on the field with all of his progeny. The regency council of Vesimä elevated a noble family that had been of great service to the Esimerë: the Sarvinen, who had been in the past Age the royal breeders of Vesimän war-beasts. The Sarvinen took as their symbol the unicorn, an ageless beast of the wilds. They raise unicorn-stock horses, the infamous Vesimän hevonen, the elf-horses of the great princes.

The Sarvinen kings have ruled the kingdom of Vesimä since X55. Laiterys Sarvinen is the King of Vesimä.

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The Seafarers

The elves of Vesimä are often called the Seafarers. Their ships range up and down the Sturm Coast and they are rivaled in their maritime prowess only by the elves of Sidabrìnä. The high-prowed wavestriders (with prows fashioned to look like leaping horses, great drakes, kraken) are the well known sigil of Vesimä. Every Vesimän king since the Seafarer himself has born the ship device on their flags somewhere amongst their heraldry.

The people of Vesimä are a proud race of elves. They consider themselves at least the equals if not superior to the elvish homeland of Tailimisiä. The great houses of Vesimä hold estates that are smaller in size, but no less so in dignity. A cadre of one hundred Blade Dancers, masters of the elvish arts of war, attend the Vesimän king. A further five hundred Sea Knights (Ritármeren) guard the great palace in Vesimä City. There too, one can find the ancient Seagate standing in the harbor—it’s stones date from the Third Age.

Many of the great elf-tutors and grammarians were Vesimäns. The great cities of Vesimä are ancient in glory; they stood against the Wyrms in the Elf-Dragon wars, and they have weathered the storms of time.

The Seafarers tend to be somewhat darker of skin than their other elvish cousins (though not to the point where one would call them dark) and their hair colors also tend towards darker hues. It is not uncommon for them to have brown, copper, red, or auburn hair, marking them out amongst their fellow elves.

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Life in Vesimä

The folk of Vesimä are fishers, foresters, and farmers. Vesimä maintains a large fleet of ships that serve as coastal patrols to discourage piracy and to hunt down the Refuser reavers that plague the Sturm Sea. Much of Vesimän prosperity goes towards supporting the fleet, known as the laivamerin or the Seafleet.

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Geography

Principality of Alonor

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Vesimä

Abridged History of the 10th Age Idabrius