|Government Type||National-Syndicalism (UNITY PARTY)|
|Ruler||Chancellor Kaspar Strauss|
|Allies||Protectorate of Yniam (PUPPET STATE)|
|Enemies||Antioch, Torm, Nurval|
Tonovi has only relatively recently come into its independence, and that has not been peacefully achieved. Some time after the formation of the kingdom of Thorm (Torm), the Duchy was given to Tonovi, a loyal cousin of king Ketilbjorn at some point around -120SG. Prosperous and loyal to the throne for many hundred years following, it arose to prosperity in the midst of the fertile Yniam plain, taking only brief harm during the Godswar. The formerly friendly ties to Torm fell apart in recent times, with the decline of the kingdom's royal line, and the rise of the worship of Xvim within Tonovi itself. Eventually, Tonovi seceded from the kingdom in 644SG under the belief that they too would bear their curse, and the Duchy has held unfriendly relationships with its closest neighbour ever since.
Tonovi has a history of persecutions and slavery particularly of elves, but also of several other demihuman races (dwarves, gnomes). They have been involved in hostilities with Daggerdale (primarily Selune's temple, before its destruction) and Torm (during the invasion with Shadow in 657SG), and so they tend to be at odds with all of their neighbours. Their control once extended beyond the city gates to all of the Yniam plains and most of the roads surrounding their lands, including their hold on the main trade route, by which they gathered a pretty income from tax upon anyone that travels by it. Following its civil war in 682SG, however, with the involvement of a group of players, control of the roadways was restored to Torm with patrols from Yuki Takeda's clan.
In 752 SG, a slave revolt erupted outside of the city, led by a mysterious elven figure named Minienal. The slaves overthrew their masters and laid siege to the city, much to the horror of the Tonovi citizens. As if on cue, an undead invasion of the Dagger region erupted from Nurval, and the undead horde, led by a Nightwalker, descended upon the revolting slaves, who were now trapped between the undead and the walls of the city. Mysteriously, the gates of the city opened for the Nightwalker and the horde poured into the city causing a great deal of slaughter. In the end, the Nightwalker, and its horde was destroyed by a team of stalwart heroes.
In the wake of this calamity, the city had been going through a period of transformation and turmoil. Three major groups all wish to take the city in a new direction. The nobility pushes for the city to return to its status quo. The merchant class, who suffered the most destruction from the revolt, wish for the abolition of slavery, seeing it as a crutch. The common people, filled with new resolve, push for a more powerful and unified city, looking outward, to prevent any future calamity from happening again.
All of this unrest came to a head, finally, in 760 SG, when the common people revolted against the nobility, storming the assembly hall as it was in session, and eliminating almost the entire nobility in one fell swoop. A charismatic and passionate individual, named Kaspar Strauss, took leadership of the rebels and formed a new government, called the Unity. Shortly afterwards, the slaves were freed, though many enemies of the state took their place in the prisons, cages and cells of the city.
Recent Duchess of Tonovi. The Langenberg clan is one of several Aesatri families with a distant claim to ancestry from the original Tonovi who established the city around -120SG. Chosen as the new Duchess following Lusell's step-down from ruling the city after the civil war of 682SG. Her family was selected over several other contenders for their strong loyalty and ties to the Banite church - Since the Silence, the city has been split between the followers of Nilith and the Faceless One, and there remains a question as to which one Aesa follows. Widowed wife of Agnar Langenberg (a knightly champion of Bane who died in battle), with two sons Sigmund (antipaladin following his father's footsteps) and Jokul, and a daughter Vaetild.
Though she has long been a very adept political maneuverer, it has been whispered that in her old age, Aesa is losing her edge. Some say she has turned to darker powers, who promise longer life and stability for her rule.
Aesa Langenberg dies in 757 SG, from unknown causes. Some suspect she was assassinated.
Current Chancellor of Tonovi. Formerly a tanner in the city proper, Strauss led a popular revolution against the nobility in 760 SG in an attack on the assembly. The previous nobility were purged, and their retainers and followers imprisoned as enemies of the state.
Not much is known about Kaspar, but he is fiery and passionate in his speech. He prefers to wear plain tanners clothing, or business attire, and frames himself as a leader among equals. His followers are incredibly loyal, almost zealous in their dedication to the Unity party. Some say his speech and prose bears a certain amount of religious possession, and he easily stirs the passions of his consituents.
READ and HEED!!
All citizens and visitors are expected to obey the laws of this city and are expected to heed the orders of any city authority. All laws and decrees are to be enforced by the guards and appointed officials only.
Weapons will not be wielded in Tonovi except by designated officials. If a
weapon is visible, it will be considered wielded. All mage books and bags
are considered weapons, therefore they will not be wielded or visible at
any time. If they are, they will be considered unsheathed weapons and are
subject to the penalties listed below. The only exception is in the study
room which is located within the Tonovi Inn. No magic will be cast at any
time while within the city of Tonovi except by designated officials.
Punishments for having weapons out of sheaths:
1st Offense 100000 gold fine
2nd Offense 100000 gold fine and tortured publicly
3rd Offense Executed publicly
The killing of any person within the city of Tonovi by anyone other than proper authorities will result in the guilty being immediately liquidated.
Enemies of the state will be hunted to the ends of the earth, their property confiscated to public ownership and their person sent to rehabilitation or liquidation centers. All records of their existence will be destroyed. Their name shall never be spoken again.
All items sold in stores have been taxed at an appropriate level by the Unity Party. All items sold outside of proper stores will require the buyer to pay a 10% tax to the nearest guard or city authority. Failure to do so will result in immediate seizure of the items in question and the public torture of the buyer.
Any attempt to overthrow the government will be seen as an act of war and will be treated as such. If all parties involved are captured, they will be liquidated or sent to forced labor for the remainder of their lives.
Any person found to have escaped justice for any crime listed herein will be considered a wanted criminal. Upon capture by proper Tonovi authorities, liquidation or imprisonment will occur.
The officials of Tonovi reserve the right to punish any other act they deem a crime against the government, the city, or a Tonovi citizen in any means and to any extent they see fit.
Malingerers, dissidents and enemies of the state all weaken our society as a whole. We cannot allow these bad apples to spoil the great and glorious destiny we have just begun to build for ourselves.
Long Live the Unity! Long Live the Chancellor!