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.
Spearmen (4 x 6)
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)
Longbowmen (5 x 6) and Greatbowmen (1 x 3)
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)
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)
Standardbearers (1 x 3)
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)
Justiciars (1 x 2)
Cult of Soohraj Forces
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)
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)
These really shouldn’t be a surprise. Healers with a bit of holy fire abilities.
Inquisitors (1 x 4)
Sometimes problems need to be dealt with with that dreaded “subtlety”. At those times, Inquisitors are used.
Purifiers (1 x 2)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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?
General Dianisa D’Orange - Cliche: Overly successful prankster
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
Duke Gnan D’Artagna
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
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
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
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
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