Conquest of the New World
In the middle of Euros lies Eisen, a land torn apart by war and left a tattered, muddy mess. For decades its people have known nothing but violence, horror, and sacrifice. Entire generations have been raised to hate and kill in the name of religion, while forgotten terrors again stalk from the shadows, thriving on all the misery and suffering. It is a land in turmoil, but it hasn’t given up.
That’s not the way things are done in Eisen. Through the years, the nation has made up for its pain by mining and forging dracheneisen, a metal remarkable for its strength and lightness. While the wealth and power brought to the nation by this unique resource helps to prevent total collapse, many would argue that without it, Eisen would be a more peaceful land. But like the metal, the Eisen spirit will never be broken.
Eisen has re-evaluated its culture over the last few years. Many of the old ways have been purposefully lost for more modern and practical traditions, but some remain as a way to guarantee a united Eisen in spirit if not in fact. Dracheneisen has made the Eisen people very proud of their past and possession of such items denotes nobility and status amongst the Eisen. In the wake of the War of the Cross, dracheneisen weapons have come to represent Eisen itself.
The landscape and social climate has a profound effect on every Eisen’s psyche. Art is very sparse, drab, and usually has some religious significance. Most depict the world as serene and peaceful, as Eisen would wish it to be. War has become the chief commodity for the nation, as more and more soldiers sell their expertise to other nations. Science has made sparse advances outside the battlefield, but those few have helped change the world. The printing press, in particular, has changed religion and politics across Euros. Metallurgy is the one field that Eisen excels in, and Eisen smiths are considered the undisputed masters of their craft. Anyone wanting to build something, no matter how impossible, comes to Eisen.
Religion in Eisen remains violently split between Objectionists and Vaticines. Though neither faith has a home in the agnostic Freiburg, the other königreichen still argue over interpretations of the Prophets’ words.