Darkon

Darkon is a feudal hereditary monarchy though its only ruler for the past 160 years has been the grim wizard-king Azalin Rex who rules from his throne at Castle Avernus. Unknown to the citizens of Darkon, King Azalin was once the king of the Great Kingdom of Oerth (World of Greyhawk) back in the days when the Great Kingdom was much more powerful than it is today. It is because of this fact that Darkon is very much like the Flanaess (World of Greyhawk) and a large percentage of the population consists of demihumans. Oddly enough however, many of the humanoid races such as orcs and ogres are completely non-existent (though goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds and jermlaine are present) as are giants and many of the creatures typically found in a fantasy world.

The cultural and technological level of the kingdom ranges from the more advanced Chavalric level in the western portions to the more primitive Dark Age level in the Mountains of Misery in the southeastern corner of the land. As for religion, “Darkonian spirituality is deeply rooted in a myriad of folktales and traditions surrounding < something known as > the Gray Realm and Darkon’s mythic origins”, which are a bit involved to go into detail here. Many of the deities typically worshiped by demihumans on other worlds have been long forgotten about in Ravenloft, though in the more remote areas a number of these ‘pagan’ deities are still worshiped. However, the “official” religion, or the state religion which was basically created by King Azalin is known as the Eternal Order, and is a more rigid version of the pre-existing folklore of the people. Another religion which has recently been gaining popularity though, particularly in Nevuchar Springs.

The population of Darkon varies depending on the city, and though there are always at least some members of every race in each city they have a majority in one race as follows:
Nevuchar Springs – elves
Maykle – humans
Delagia – halflings
Sidnar – elves
Karg – humans
Tempe Falls – dwarves
Mayvin – gnomes
Corvia – dwarves
Viaki – humans
Neblus – elves
Martira Bay – humans
Nartok – humans
Rivalis – halflings
Il Aluk (by far the largest city) – mixed (no majority)

Darkon

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