Vael'Aser (lit. "Shadow Land") is the country of the dark elven race, set in the eastern zone of the Demian Wastelands, roughly in the east of The Continent. It was founded during the enlightment era by a group of desperate dark elves leaded by Máiréad Doneraile and Liuna. The country was made to unify the Dark elves in one location and gather them in the Crystal Forest, where magical barriers and traps are set to protect innocent persecuted elves from their common enemies.
The country is mostly a giant forest with a mountain at its center called the Soaring Dragon Mountain. Access is forbidden to all male humans that dare venture into elvish domain and are typically killed on sight by the Guard unless is a human army, in that case trade agreements are achieved.
They also have a tomb dedicated to all the former Elven queens, where some of the spirits from the former queens still roam.
The Enlightenment Edit
Isri the Defiant and Miual the Uniter were deified by the Dark Elves, and they would eventually be joined by a third, the most revered of the Dark Elf idols and the first and last to come only from the Vael'Yun: Liuna the Enlightener. Under her firm hand, the scattered children of the shadows were united under one government, in one empire, with her as their first Queen. That empire was called Vael'Aser, and it promised to become the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. But to achieve that goal, measures must be put into place to ensure that the Dark Elves never become blinded again.
Liuna was a visionary, and beyond that, the most powerful sorceress Elvenkind has ever known. She asserted that the source of all her peoples' suffering came from a single fundamental flaw in their biology: their voracious sexual need. When satisfied, their bodies would be crippled with paralyzing pleasure, their minds turning to fog as all that became important was sustaining such ecstasy. And when deprived, their bodies would physically ache in need, the space between their legs throbbing in a verbal cry for coupling, their conscious thoughts becoming secondary to finding an outlet to satisfy themselves with.
Liuana asserted that it was this powerful drive that the parasites used to enslave their ancestors for centuries, giving them what their bodies craved without concern for their well-being, like giving candy to a child whenever they beg. Her solution to this flaw was the construction of the Reso'Lithi'Mal (lit. "Resolution through Perimeter of Negation"), a massive magical obelisk that projects a suppression field about the perimeter of Vael'Aser. This suppression field negates all sexual cravings of those caught within its bounds, freeing the Vael'Yun from the self-destructive cycle of paralyzing sexual need and crippling sexual satisfaction. With their minds clear and their legs closed, they were able to focus on their own society, and through magic and technology they were able to construct a utopia unrivaled by the modern world.
There was, however, a side-effect of Liuna's plan, and one completely by design. With the suppression field in place, the ability to conceive is neutralized, and so Dark Elves cannot reproduce biologically. Liuna solved this by using her powers to invent a new spell, easily learned by even the most novice of magic-potent individuals, referred to as Unixua, or simply Unity. Unity is an artificial conception, cast by two consenting Elves to merge their bloodlines and bypass the suppression field.
Unity was only engineered to allow the conception of female offspring, however. This, too, was intended: Liuna posited that men were the propagators of Elvish suffering. Elvish sexuality may have enabled it, but it was men who exploited that sexuality for their own gain at Elvish expense. Even Elvish men were to blame, hedonistically indulging in their cravings and clouding Elvish minds with pleasure. There was dissention with this opinion, but Liuna was not only the Queen, but unrivalled in her power, and so her opinion became law. Within three generations, the last of the Elvish men died out, and Vael'Aser became an empire of only women, liberated from their sexual chains and free to live their lives without fear of judgment or sexual violence.
It is because of the suppression field that the Dark Elves have risen to such great heights, and it is for the great strides of progress Liuna brought them that she has joined Isra and Miual. These three great women became known as the Watchers, those who saw over the Elvish Enlightenment in their lives and forever look over their well-being in the future.
Vael'Aser government was headed by the queen, elected by the Acolytes of the Watchers. When the Watchers deem that a new queen must take the throne, they speak to the Acolytes, who in turn host a public divination in front of the current queen (if not deceased) and advised by a senate composed of appointed magistrates from the aristocracy.
As Elvish society was very hierarchical by modern standards, the evolution of the government was heavily influenced by the struggle between the patricians, Elvish's land-holding aristocracy, who traced their ancestry to the founding of the empire, and the plebeians, the far more numerous citizen-commoners. The leaders of the empire developed a strong tradition and morality requiring public service and patronage in peace and war, making military and political success inextricably linked.
The Queen Edit
The Queen is the ultimate authority in policy and decision making, but in the early empire she was expected to be accessible to individuals from all walks of life, and to deal personally with official business and petitions. A bureaucracy formed around her only gradually.
The Queen relied on an informal body of advisors that included not only senators and nobles, but trusted slaves and freedmen. The Empress's council (consilium) became subject to official appointment for the sake of greater transparency. She served for a lifetime period. She had supreme power in both civil and military matters. She would preside over the senate and the aristocracy. While abroad, the queen would command an army. Her authority abroad would be nearly absolute.
The Senate Edit
The senate's ultimate authority derived from the esteem and prestige of the senators. This esteem and prestige was based on both precedent and custom, as well as the caliber and reputation of the senators. The senate passed decrees, which were called senatus consulta. These were officially "advice" from the senate to an acolyte. In practice, however, they were usually followed by the Acolytes.
The focus of the senate was usually directed towards foreign policy, though it technically had no official role in the management of military conflict, the senate ultimately was the force that oversaw such affairs. The senate took a greater role in ordinary law-making. Its members were usually appointed by the nobility, who ordinarily selected newly elected magistrates for membership in the senate, making the senate a partially elected body.
The true power is in the hands of the Queen and the Gentry. Currently the title of senator is more a symbolic than really something what gain power to any aristocrat and they must find it other way.
The Acolytes Edit
They are a religious body whose members were the highest-ranking priests of the state religion which are commonly known as the acolytes of the watchers. It has many moral teachings, It frowns on gambling, preaches against bastardy, and curses things like incest and kinslaying.
The ruler was looking for a symbol which would unite the realm better and more permanently than only the ruling aristocracy. By skillfully managing with cash and giving priests his monarchic favor, she made the cult begin to gain a new crowd of followers throughout the whole Empire. In exchange, the Queen demanded absolute support for her policies from the clergy, practically making priesthood another form of civil service.
Being a priest of the Watchers is just another career path in the Empire. Finishing a theological college and passing the exams guarantees gaining an official title of "priest". Subsequently, depending on education, the fledgling priest can get to one of the minor temples or directly to the local bureau. Then everything depends on his involvement in fulfilling the duties and his political sense. The Clerics of the cult demonstrate fanaticism and almost complete devotion. The religion is hostile toward any form of otherness, including humans.
The new Queen reached the throne with their help since the ritual of sucession was manipulated by an external force from an unknown origin.
Women are free to have sex with females of lower status without a perceived loss of feminity. Those who took the receiving role in sex acts, sometimes referred to as the "passive" or "submissive" role, were disparaged as weak. Mastery of one's own body was an aspect of the citizen's political liberty. The use of one's body to give pleasure to others was servile.
Females who were socially marked as "nobles" did not confine their same-sex penetration of female prostitutes or slaves to those who were "girls" under the age of 50.
Sexuality was a "core feature" of slavery because slaves were regarded as property under the common law, an owner could use them for sex or hire them out to service other people. The matriarch of the family was an absolute master, she exercised a power outside any control of society and the state. In this situation why on earth should she refrain from sodomising her house girls but this form of sexual release thus held little erotic cachet: to use one's own slaves was "one step up from masturbation." In describing the ideal partner in pederasty,
A Noble could exploit her own slaves for sex, but was not entitled to compel any enslaved person she chose to have sex, since the owner had the right to control her own property. In the pursuit of sex with a slave who belonged to someone else, persuasion or threats might be employed. A charge of rape could not be brought against a free woman who forced a slave to have sex, since a slave lacked the legal standing that protected a citizen's body, but the owner could prosecute the rapist under a law pertaining to property damage.
A slave's sexuality was closely controlled. Slaves had no right to legal marriage, though they could live together as husband and wife. An owner usually restricted the lesbian activities of her female slaves to females she also owned; any children born from these unions added to her wealth.
If an owner found that her female slave was having a sexual relationship with a free woman, the law required that he warn the couple three times to break it off. If the affair continued, she had the right to take ownership of the woman.
Freeborn citizens who fell into slavery were supposed to be protected from sexual exploitation. Before the abolition of debt bondage, free citizens were sometimes driven to sell themselves or their children into slavery when they were overwhelmed by debt.
Some sexual protections could be extended to slaves. The conduct of slaves reflected generally on the respectability of the household, and the matriarch in particular was judged by her female slaves' sexual behavior, which was expected to be moral or at least discreet. This decorum may have limited the exploitation of female slaves that were part of the familia.
Social division Edit
Social class in Vael'Aser was hierarchical, but there were multiple and overlapping social hierarchies, and an individual's relative position in one might be higher or lower than in another. The status of freeborn Elves during the empires was established by Ancestry (patrician or plebeian).
Under Elvish law, slaves were considered property and had no rights as such. However, some laws regulated slavery and offered slaves protections not extended to other forms of property such as animals.
Elvish society was matriarchal in the purest sense; the female head of household held special legal powers and privileges that gave her jurisdiction over all the members of his familia, a more encompassing term than its modern derivative "family" that included adult daughters and concubines, and various relatives as well as slaves.
Patricians and plebeians Edit
In the Vael'Aser the most important division in common society was between the patricians, a small elite who monopolised political power, whose ancestry was traced to the first assembly established by the triarchy, and the plebeians, who comprised the majority of elvish citizens.
The common assumptions that the patricians and the elite were one and the same throughout the history of ancient Vael'Aser, and that all plebeians were of non-elite status throughout the history of ancient Vael'Aser,. From the Late era onwards many members of the elite, including an increasing proportion of senators, came from the gentry. By the Late Empire, few members of the Senate were from the original patrician families, most of which had died out or mixed with lesser nobles. Vael'Aser continued to have a hierarchical class system, all public offices were open only to patricians, and the classes could not intermarry. Plebeians and Patricians were always at odds due to the fact that Plebeians wanted to increase their power.