Heroes of Nirmathas
A struggling country only recently escaped from the grasp of an imperialistic master, Nirmathas (pronounced NEAR-math-ehs) finds itself trapped in a constant war with the nation that seeks to reclaim it. Its people, proud of their newly gained freedom, try to maintain normal lives while still being ever ready to fight off the imperial advances of their southern neighbor.
The government of Nirmathas is more informal than most as there is no over ruling civil government: all government is handled at local level on a small scale. How each area is run and who runs it varies from village to village, town to town, creating a chaotic patchwork of local government. All these local governments are united by one common factor: their universal dislike of regimented bureaucracy of the sort that characterized the rule of Cheliax and then later Molthune. Nirmathas’s only ruler is Forest Marshal Weslen Gavirk. Though he has little influence over civil matters, he is the undisputed commander of Nirmathas’ military.
The history of Nirmathas begins just over sixty years ago in 4655 AR with a bloody war of independence. Before this Nirmathas was just seen as a resource heavy province ripe for harvesting. The grip of their first masters, Imperial Cheliax, loosened in 4606 AR with the death of Aroden and the ensuing civil war offering a brief hope of respite, when in 4632 AR Molthune (of which Nirmathas was a part at the time) declared independence. It didn’t take long for the people of Nirmathas to realize that they had only traded one distant, imperious master for another. It soon became clear to the people living in the northern Fangwood that nothing was going to change. The excitement soon faded to disappointment which gave way to a deep, festering resentment. The embers of rebellion were lit. It began as small, petty acts of sabotage, little more than vented frustration. Soon this petty resentment was stocked into the fire of full blown rebellion.
In the early years (starting in 4648 AR) this rebellion was a chaotic series of separate, ineffective skirmishes, until Irgal Nirmath, a half-elf trapper, managed to achieve victory after victory as a leader of a small group of woodsmen. As his victories mounted his reputation – and his army – grew and within seven years, in 4655 AR, Nirmath had lead his forces to victory. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see the fruits of his labor, for he was felled by an assassin’s blade on the night of his victory. The new country was named in his honor and since that day Nirmathas has been a free nation.
Nirmathas lies on the western shores of Lake Encarthan, one of Avistan’s largest bodies of fresh water. As a nation Nirmathas is surrounded by enemies: to its south lies Molthune, its parent nation and the country that Nirmathas has unofficially been at war with since its creation. To its west, along with Varisia, lies Nidal, the home of fell shadow beast and the foul aristocracy that commands them. To the north lies the orc-infested Hold of Belkzen; it inhabitants’ warlike ways are a constant threat to lasting peace.
Nirmathas does have one friendly neighbor: the kingdom of Lastwall at its northern border. Both countries share a respect for each other, and though they do not give each other direct military aid (as Lastwall is also an ally of Molthune), they both share a common enemy in the orcs of Belkzen.
Kraggodan (dwarf Sky Citadel)
Map courtesy of the Pathfinder Society, Cartography Division, Second Gnome Squad.