Society Name Jyvelik World Placement
Lands south of the Pelou River to the Ruviat Hills, and the Susurrou River valley from the northern Tuente Hills to the lower Denevrosaleza River.
Society Concept Semi-feudal Aristocracy ruled by five Princes.  Wealthy and somewhat expansionistic, but culturally stagnant.
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Society Age Age Value 7 Society Scope 6
Years 608 Society Location Jyvelik
Founding Date AV 126 Geographic Size Medium Country / Region
Population 336,000
Maps Region: Riverlands Environment: Jyvelik
Related Narrative Environments
Major Heritage Groups Jyvelan (Jalani Human), Merochasan (Jalani Human), Belaquini (Jalani Human), Daenji (Jalani Human)
Minor Heritage Groups Staka (Cheyhro Human), Pelosi (Haseni Human), Drushae (Drushae), Itasu (Itasu Human)

Orientation Conquest Passive Isolation Value 15
Aspects Acquisition (Power) Jyvelik's borders with Daenj, Pelos, Belaquin, and Merochas are easily travelled.   The southern border is less passable, limiting travel through the Wyldlands or Zur.   Jyvelik is most easily reached via the Denevrosaleza or Pelou rivers, although travel into the Ruviat Hills is more arduous, requiring lengthy overland treks.
Stagnation (Cultural)
Technology Value 18 Interaction Value 14
Areas of Emphasis Technological development in Jyvelik has slowed greatly.  New methods are not regarded favorably - whether developed within Jyvelik or imported from another society.  Advances are rarely adapted for use in related applications. Jyvelik interacts with all surrounding societies.  Trade is the greatest contributor to interaction, but infrequent military conflicts also occur.  Jyvelik normally does not initiate contact outside of its immediate neighbors, but some trade contacts exist with other lands.  Of all the surrounding lands, Jyvelik has the least contact with Zur, although overland smuggling through the Tuente Hills is increasing.
Rate of Advancement 8
Rate of Assimilation 9 Subsistance
Major Fully Agricultural
Innovation Minor Fully Agricultural
Dominant Material 18
Power / Manufacturing 17 Societal Mobility Sedentary
Agriculture / Environment 16 Subclassification Semi-nomadic (Staka tribes)
Building / Architecture 16
Transport / Communication 17 Kinship
Ascendant Non-dominant
Military 17
Miscellaneous 16 Lineage Determinant Cognatic
Cultural 16 Inheritance Pattern Impartible (Other)

Political Infrastructure Advanced Divided Economic Infrastructure
Aristocracy Exchange System Buying & Selling
Power 8 Economy Type Currency
Authority 7 Jyvelik mints silver and gold coinage.  Complex export laws prevent the export of gold in any form other than jewelry.  For this reason, Jyvelan gold coins are rare outside of Jyvelik, and may not be readily accepted.  Similar laws forbid the use of foreign coinage within Jyvelik, leading to an intricate system of exchange.
Consent 6
Constitutional Support 7
Legal Complexity 7
Military Infrastructure Resource Value 15
Primary Force Feudal


Jyvelik possesses great natural resources, including gold and silver; iron, copper, and lead, coal, carborundum gems, and extensive forests.
Agricultural resources include well-developed vineyards and orchards, excellent cropland, and expertly bred herds and flocks.
54,000 Feudal cavalry, infantry, crossbowmen, and specialists.
Supplementary Forces (Mercenary) Exploitation 14 70%
Free Companies are often employed by the Jyvelan aristocracy to subdue civil unrest or for military actions for which feudal levies are unsuitable. Jyvelik exploits a considerable amount of its available resources - those resources that remain unexploited are typically either undiscovered or under-utilized due to political constraints.
Relations 5 Trade 14
Jyvelik has neutral relations overall - its trade is welcome, but its orientation toward conquest, however passive, is a source of tension.  Jyvelik's political and military power are a significant force in the region. Jyvelik has well-established trading relationships with all of its neighbors, but doesn't engage in as much trade as it could.  In part this is due to a cultural tendency to regard imported products as inferior to Jyvelan products.

Religion Scholastics
Tolerance 14 Tolerance 16
Prevalence 13 Prevalence 9
Diversity 9 Diversity 8
The Jalani pantheon is supreme.  While foreign gods are not unknown in Jyvelik, their worship is discouraged.  Jyvelik regards its scholars as pre-eminent among all others (regardless of how true that may be).  The low prevalence and diversity are more reflective of reality - Jyvelik currently produces little original scholarship of note.
Arts Magic
Tolerance 17 Tolerance 13
Prevalence 15 Prevalence 13
Diversity 9 Diversity 14
The Arts are primarily supported through noble patronage, which is wide-spread and generous. Jyvelik prides itself on its artistic accomplishments, and Jyvelan artisans are renowned throughout the region for their fine work.  Jyvelan art is highly structured and formal, however, and little original work is produced (hence the low diversity). Mana and Alchemy are avidly pursued by a variety of professional adepts.  Runes and Sorcery are gaining prominence, but remain secondary.
Spirit Magic is practiced by a small minority, but is not favorably regarded.  Most Jyvelans think of Spirit Magic as being primitive and unsophisticated (and therefore uncouth)

Primary Foundation Tradition Kinship Custom of Status 8
Rigidity of Status 8
Jyvelik is a highly ceremonial culture, with a complex web of social requirements based on the relative status of the participants.  At high levels of status, the complexity of social etiquette is so extreme as to require highly trained professionals to manage all interactions between the aristocracy.
Change in birth status is not unheard-of, but is extremely rare.
Secondary Foundation Tradition Cultural
Other Foundations Tradition Authority

Personal Freedom
Vertical Aspects Horizontal Aspects