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Inner Circle Gaz 5: Kingdom of Ursi

by Giulio Caroletti

Area: 21,030 sq km

Population: 89,300 (95% humans, 5% rakastas )

Government Type: Ursi is a monarchy. It is ruled by a king, controlled by a Council that is made of 60 representatives, who have the right to depose a king if they manage to collect 45 votes. If this happens, they must choose a member of the royal family, anyway. Twelve representatives are elected by the cities of Sasarru and Calgaris, thirty are nobles, and eighteen come from the druids and clerics of the Bear.

Important Figures: Karkhangiu III, King of Ursi

Description: The easternmost kingdom of the Inner Circle is settled mostly by the human race of the Ursinians. Rakastas are very rare, and not many are the Nentsunian humans. The Ursinians are proud of their culture and ancestry. They worship the Spirit of the Bear, and their druids and clerics possess shapeshifting abilities. The Ursinians are watched with suspicion outside the Inner Circle, and weird stories of werebeasts are told in the Outer Circle nations that border the kingdom.
However, Ursi is a peaceful land, whose eastern borders are occupied by forests where hunters and woodcutters live. In the western area, influenced by one of the ten Devices, are most farmlands, and a couple of big cities.

Sasarru (pop. 11,400) is not the capital of the land, although it hosts the Palace of Consumption, where one of the Devices is kept. The city is built on the shores of the Sea of Simurgh, at the confluence of the River Rusu; the absence of dangerous cliffs and maelstroms near the sea has allowed the Ursinians, only ones in Nentsun, to have a consistent and popular fishing industry. A lot of cod is salted and desiccated, and then exported for good prices to the southern kingdoms.

Calgaris (pop. 27,000) is the capital. It is a city of artisans and merchants, where religion plays a very important role. During the year, several festivities in the name of the Bear are held; the city also hosts an University of Theology, and a College of Herbalism.