The Kingdom of Lewea

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The Kingdom of Lewea

Post by Gorvoslov » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:19 pm

The Kingdom of Lewea first emerged as a tenuous alliance of lords and nobles about 150 years ago in the eastern part of the continent of Studonia out of the rubble of the destroyed Falkeen Empire. Tired of the constant issues with bandits, orcs and tribute demands from the Drekeen Empire to the West, and under the guidance of the Luminarian Church, the squabbling well-to-do were able to come to a reasonably acceptable agreement that would allow them less time fighting bandits and more time drinking and partying. After a few generations of marriages and treaties and drunken hookups, the Kingdom was solidified into a solid force, and the Luminarian Church benefited immensely from this.

About forty years ago, the Drekeen Empire decided that this other power was not going to just burn itself out after all and that they needed to take direction action to ensure it’s fall. Early on in the war, the Drekeen saw a string of major victories, including killing the old Lewean King, leading to his twenty eight year old son ascending to the throne. The new king found effective ways of countering the Drekeen’s dragons, at least when the dragons had to travel large distances. Eventually, the Lewean forces were able to crush the Drekeen Empire, wiping out the entire Royal Family and crushing the Empire. Even then, they did not dare move on Dragon’s Roost itself as that would have been a suicide march. Instead, they contented themselves to also kill off the Orc War Chief, and in the chaos that caused, the orcs have also mostly fought amongst themselves instead of causing trouble for Lewea. But the losses of this massive war broke the new king’s desire and willingness for war and he adopted a “peace at all costs” approach, much to the dismay of his subjects with more violent urges. The war also led to a general mistrust of mages in Lewean society. Still, the king had enough power that nobody dared try to remove him by force or political maneuvering. He died peacefully and comfortably in his bed at an old age, like a coward.

With the death of the king, the line of succession was clear: His eldest son was to be crowned. However, there was a complication with this. Legally, the Luminarian Church crowns the king. And the eldest son had run afoul of the Luminarian Church due to his involvement with the Cult of Soohraj who have recently challenged the Luminarian Church as the dominant religious power. The Cult of Soohraj has such radical ideas as “our planet revolves around the sun… which is a multi-billion year old massive fireball that gives all life to this planet so we might as well worship it, and also magical research holds back scientific and technological research so we should burn the witches”, or even wilder: These sun worshippers insist on scheduling their worship services to start shortly before dawn to “Welcome the blessings of Suraja upon the day”. This scheduling has been the primary cause of tension between the Luminarian Church and the Cult of Soohraj. This led to a disputed coronation where the Cult of Soohraj crowned the eldest son as the line of succession dictates, and the Luminarian Church crowned the second son as is their right under the law.

After the disputed coronation, the Luminarian Church and the Kingdom of Lewea have gone through a high tension split, causing many of the famed Luminarian forces to head north to the center of power for the Church, leaving far less of a presence in the southern part of the Kingdom of Lewea with the capital. Many of the nobles have backed the Luminarian Church over the Kingdom of Lewea as a result. The third son of the recently deceased king appears to have run off into the woods to live with wolves, so it’s probably safe to say he will never be of any significance in any way whatsoever if he’s even still alive.


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Kingdom Forces

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Spearmen (4 x 6)

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During the Drekeen-Lewean war, Lewean spearmen were a decisive force against the Drekeen cavalry. As such, spearmen are the backbone of the army, and it is quite quick to train a peasant in the use of a pointy thing on the end of a stick. Spearmen are commonly used for town watches.


Halberdiers (1 x 6)

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Typically the personal guards of nobles and the rich, Lewean Halberdiers are a very effective, albeit more expensive force, on the battlefield. The two most common arrangements for halberdiers is either as the personal retainer for a noble, or as mercenaries in larger campaigns.


Longbowmen (5 x 6) and Greatbowmen (1 x 3)

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During the Drekeen-Lewean war, the bow proved an effective deterrent against the Drekeen’s dragons. Since then, peasants are highly encouraged to practice archery if they don’t want to be used as cannon fodder conscripts during the next inevitable engagement. This means the Leweans can always field a large number of archers in an engagement. Longbowmen are commonly used for town watches. Due to the emphasis on training with the bow, there is an annual national archery competition in Lewea, along with smaller local tournaments throughout the year. These competitions are never used as a method to dispute tax collection methodologies. The best of these archers are sometimes good enough to use famed Elven Greatbows, much to the shock of any elf who witnesses a human using one.


Swordsmen (1 x 6)

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While it is expected that even the wealthy fight, they are not expected to die like the peasants are. As such, those who can afford it have actually half-decent armour and fancy swords.


Knights (1 x 6)

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The Lewean nobility remembers the Drekeen cavalry all to well and had but one feeling about it: Jealousy. As such, some of the swordsmen have started training as armoured knights.


Standardbearers (1 x 3)

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One of the most bizarre things that the Lewean army is known for is it’s organization on a larger scale. They do this through some complicated system of waving flags that can also be used to impale someone in a pinch.


Royalguard (1 x 3)

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Skilled noble swordsmen are carefully selected as the personal guards of the royal family. It brings great prestige to a noble household that has a member selected for the Royalguard. Naturally, this has led to some selections being more about politics than actual skill, so some have quiet doubts about the actual effectiveness of the Royalguard. Worst of all is that officially, the head of the Royalguard is the crown prince that the Royalguard is supposed to be protecting.


Justiciars (1 x 2)

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The Kingdom of Lewea loves their spectacle trials. And nothing is better than having the judge declare execution and simply getting up and chopping a head off. Surprisingly, despite the public spectacle, you’ve got a decent chance of being found not guilty if legitimately innocent, even without bribing. The years of chopping heads of criminals has led to these guys being semi-competent at whacking people with an axe.



Cult of Soohraj Forces

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The Cult of Soohraj never would have become so influential if they didn’t have something to offer in the "Smacking and burning away our enemies" department.


Cultists (3 x 6)

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Any peasant if suitably enraged can be taught to effectively smack things. This is exactly what the cultists are: Peasants whipped into a frenzy, handed a smacky thing, and then pointed roughly in the direction of the things you want smacked.


Clerics (1 x 6)

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These really shouldn’t be a surprise. Healers with a bit of holy fire abilities.


Inquisitors (1 x 4)

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Sometimes problems need to be dealt with with that dreaded “subtlety”. At those times, Inquisitors are used.


Purifiers (1 x 2)

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Heretics who do such terrible things like saying that the sun is tiny or that mornings are awful risk being purged by fire. And a fancy axe.


Pyromaniacs (1 x 4)

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Surprisingly, the group of people who have taken to this whole “Sun and fire” worship the best are The Fools. Mostly because it allowed them to turn one of their favourite props into an instrument of “divine justice”. Really they just have an extreme case of pyromania.


Priestesses (1 x 3)

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While women cannot hold high ranks within the Cult of Soohraj, due to the higher ups being convinced they would spread their cooties to much, they are still allowed to have some of the lower ranking positions. Mostly because they kept bringing explosives to the theological debates about whether or not they should be allowed in the clergy, and well, fire worshippers love that stuff.


High Priests (1 x 2)

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Naturally there must be a hierarchy since the other thing the Cult of Soohraj loves is paperwork (It is quite flammable after all).


Fire Elemental (1 - But 3 anticipated)

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What kind of self-respecting fire worshipper can’t shape fire itself into an ally that burns your enemies for you? Sometimes, you just want to watch peasants try to run from sentient fire you know?


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Heroes


General Dianisa D’Orange - Cliche: Overly successful prankster

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It’s said that when she was a child, she swallowed seventeen four-leaf clovers, four horseshoes and three rabbit’s feet. She’s always been a bit of a prankster. Originally starting a military career as a joke to see how long it would take them to notice she was a woman like that one story, she found it hilariously easy to climb the ranks to the point that nobody dared question her. Apparently there was an opening for “General” and nobody noticed so she got it because she was the only applicant.


Chief Priest Fuego Varana - Cliche: Pyromaniac Chief Priest

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The founder of the Cult of Soohraj, before that he spent lots of time with a telescope studying the night sky up in the mountains. Somewhere up there, he found what he calls “Fire made solid falling from the heavens, a blessing from Soohraj” with some strange blade that seems to be out-of-this-world powerful.


Duke Gnan D’Artagna

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The Lewean nobility love their drinking and partying. They say the Duke hasn’t been sober since three months before his wedding, he doesn’t even know who he married or if it was who he was supposed to. He just has a habit of showing up wherever violence is happening and showing that even drunk, he still knows how to use a rapier.


Queen Nancy Lewea, the divine, her excellency, esquire, ruler of all the realms, may her righteous and glorious beauty, grace, kindness, wit, piety, benevolence, humility, valour and mighty hips live on forever - Cliche: Useless narcissist

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Queen Nancy is to be kind, completely empty headed and useless at best. But she does love fancy titles. She was purely a political marriage.


Princess Priscilla Lewea - Cliche: Austin Powers style spy

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Princess Priscilla loves the public life and all the attention with it. She plays the empty-headed fool to seem like her mother, but there’s actually a brain in there. Her foolishness is a fantastic way of lowering people’s guard to collect vital information.


Princess Morgan Lewea - Cliche: Secret witch

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Princess Morgan mostly keeps to herself, which has naturally led to rumours of being a witch. Definitely no substance to those at all. Everyone who crosses her just happens to turn up dead of mysterious circumstances.


Prince Quix Lewea - Cliche: Don Quixote but sometimes successful

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The young Prince is without a doubt an idealist, raised on to many books about knights and chivalry. He’s an extreme do-gooder who is convinced he will single-handedly rid the world of evil-doers. If only he was actually good at identifying who the evil-doers are instead of being so impressionable.


King Enrique Lewea - Cliche: Know-it-all King with a knack for science

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The first born son of the recently deceased King Thomas Lewea, Enrique has fully embraced this crazy notion of “heliocentricity” and the Cult of Soohraj around it. He was always the more scholarly of the late king’s children.

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Re: The Kingdom of Lewea

Post by BrickSyd » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:40 pm

Rich lore, great theme and style, multiple generic units, well crafted minfigs... very well done sir!

Do you have plans for buildings or vehicles?

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Re: The Kingdom of Lewea

Post by Gorvoslov » Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:40 pm

Thanks! Some of my factions will be getting vehicles (These guys are mostly getting small boats, a little boring on the vehicle/creature front compared to some of the other factions in the works). Right now I'm in the process of sorting through all my minifigs so all my posts for a bit are going to be minifig heavy until that's done, then I'll be adding the vehicles afterwards.

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Re: The Kingdom of Lewea

Post by Red_SPAMbot » Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:49 pm

I always love me some Castle theme factions. Nice backstory and cohesive style on the units.
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