(part of the lands of Marak)
The Mixed Lands
Home to the bronze-skinned Jaguar People. It borders Santana along the Brave River, the Lofty Mountains, and the Golden Coast to the north, and the Umbral Jungles to the south. East is the Carob Gulf, and west is the Peaceful Ocean.
The Jaguar People speak an unusual dialect of the tongue. They speak what I call fustian - a word meaning 'inflated, turgid, or inappropriately lofty language.' To the normal ear, they kind of speak like someone went a bit too happy with a thesaurus, using big and obscure words. Their names also sound that way.
The north part of the Mixed Lands are almost all desert. A chain of smaller mountains extends south from the Lofty Mountains, then turning east towards the Carob Gulf - nearly bifurcating the Realm. South, below those mountains, are tropical plains, almost savannas of sorts. Nestled between these mountains and the plains is Lake Moon. On an island in the middle of the lake is the Floating Garden, the seat of the Realm's government, and its largest and most majestic city. South of those plains is a rain forest, the northern tip of the Umbral Jungles.
The Mixed Lands are ruled by a theandric named Procellous, who is a deity made flesh. Below him are Bishops, then Prelates, and then Deacons, each of which has authority over a significant portion of the population and the lands. His knights are called paladins. Each of these ranks have particular divine investitures, granted by Procellous. None of these ranks are hereditary. Many of the Jaguar People are devout believers in Procellous, and call him Lord. There are many men in the Mixed Lands named after him.
In past years, the Jaguar People and the Red Men had a close relationship, trading in the Realms of Santana and the Lofty Mountains. Since the declaration of August Coldstone, naming himself Archduke of Santana, that relationship has soured. Procellous believes Santana is his, and will countenance no defiance.
Twenty-five generations ago, a god manifested in the Mixed Lands. He descended upon a woman named Orarian, who gave birth to the theandric Procellous - who inherited his father's divinity. Later, Procellous walked the lands, gathering followers. Later, Procellous built the Floating Garden in the middle of Lake Moon, and had pyramids erected in his honor and for worship, and in honor of his father. Since then, the Mixed Lands have belonged to Procellous, and have been filled with duomos (houses of worship) bearing his symbol and staffed by Priors.
The Jaguar People have mostly pushed north from Lake Moon, settling the Lofty Mountains, Santana, and the Golden Coast - they've gone south far enough to touch the Umbral Jungles, and have recoiled from those strange lands - and still speak in hushed, frightened tones about that mysterious Realm.