The Paths of the Damned
Bretonnia is a kingdom located in the Old World, west of the Grey Mountains and the Empire. Its current king is Louen Leoncoeur. Second only the Empire, it is a land of chivalry and honour. However this must be balanced against the poverty and oppression of its peasantry.
Society & culture
The society of Bretonnia is formed by two classes.
- The nobility is ruled by the king and is composed by dukes, marquises, earls, barons, and knights. Bretonnian society is patriarchal but noble women seem to be respected. All fit male nobles are knights and follow a code of chivalry, holding noblesse oblige and honour in high regard. While using bows to hunt during peacetime, they refuse to use any distance weaponry in war, considering it dishonourable.
- The peasants have nearly no rights at all, and are illiterate and uneducated. They are considered property, and must surrender nine-tenths of their crops to their feudal lord. As a result most of them will remain extremely poor throughout their entire lives. They may also not leave their home province unless allowed; as a result a certain degree of inbreeding is quite common. Many peasants are afflicted by clubfeet, extra fingers, lazy eyes, or similar defects.
Bretonnian justice is very harsh and any peasant who is caught stealing or poaching is usually hanged. An even harsher punishment is dealt to a peasant who attacks a noble. He and his family will be tortured and slowly dismembered, while all his friends and acquaintances will be crippled. Such is the price of rebellion.
The nobles largely worship the Lady of the Lake, considered the national patron deity of chivalry. However the other deities of the Old World are respected and presumably worshipped on occasion.
The main priestess of the Lady of Lake is the Fay Enchantress who is respected throughout Bretonnia. Other ‘minor’ Prophetesses and Damsels roam the kingdom, advising noble families, and occasionally aid Bretonnian armies in battle through their magical abilities.
The peasants are not considered worthy enough to worship the Lady of the Lake directly. While they certainly respect and fear her, they usually worship the other deities of the Old World.