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Kjerag is a Terran country which borders Columbia, Kazimierz, and Victoria. It is a theocratic country based on the worship of Kjeragandr, a goddess who protects the land. Kjerag is known for its strong religious influence with the Karlan Saintess acting as the spiritual leader and political figurehead,[1] with the Vine-Bear Court acts as highest authority while the Tri-Clan Council deals with secular issues.

The Kjeragians highly venerates Kjeragandr through various festivals and religious rituals, particularly the annual Grand Ceremony held to commemmorate Kjeragandr's appearance and acts as a national holiday whilst the three noble clans of Kjerag organize the Holy Hunt where the Saintess hunts down the legendary Tschäggättäs to bring good fortune.[2]

Kjerag is nicknamed the Snow Realm due to its rugged, snowbound mountainous landscape that protects Kjerag from Catastrophes and foreign invasions. Its geographical features allow the inhabitants to live in sedentary settlements.

Background

A bird's eye-view of Kjerag's mountain basins

A few thousand years ago, Kjerag was founded by the eponymous goddess who led Her people to settle in the rugged mountains. For the next three centuries, Kjeragandr would rule the nation until She decided to ascend into the heavens. Before Her departure, Kjeragandr appointed the three greatest noble families as Kjerag's leaders.[3]

Kjerag is formerly divided into three regions ruled by the aforementioned noble clans that made up the Tri-Clan Council, with each clan representing a symbol in the Kjeragandr cult:[4][5]

  • Silverash: Govering the southern regions, the Silverashes represent the bones of Kjerag and control Kjerag's industry and mining activities on their territory. Through Karlan Trade, the Silverashes also act as Kjerag's only gateway to the outside world. They are also the most progressive of the three clans.
  • Browntail: Governing the western regions, the Browntails represent the hair of Kjerag. The Browntail territory have abundant forests as the backbone of their economy and profited from K.T.'s activities. However, the Browntails tend to be selfish, only thinking about their own interests, and are the most moderate of the three clans.
  • Paleroche: Governing the fertile northern regions with vast lakes and making up half of Kjerag's population, the Paleroches represent the flesh of Kjerag. The Paleroches also control much of Kjerag's standing military and are the most religious and conservative of the three clans.

Above the Council are the elders of the Vine-Bear Court, but no one in Kjerag is higher than the Karlan Saintess, who acted as Kjeragandr's messenger. Elected from a selection of candidates by the Court after the previous Saintess passed away, the candidates have to go through series of harsh trials, such as walking along the rugged pass to a secret shrine at the summit of Mount Karlan.[1] Legend has it that the Saintess was meant to appease Kjeragandr when the Kjeragians accidentally offended Her and delivers a harsh winter upon them. For several centuries, the maidens chosen to become the Saintess would ascend to Mt. Karlan to spend their lives there. At one point a particular Saintess' family had enough of the futile ceremony and attacked the Mt. Karlan sanctuary, burning down the temples along with many of the Vine-Bear Court's ancient religious texts. It was at this moment that Kjeragandr intervenes by answering to the Saintess' prayer and brought a miraculous event which ends the conflict. The Kjeragians continue to carry on the tradition of Karlan Saintess ever since, but due to the loss of records over time, later generations have different views regarding the aforementioned incident.[2]

The annual Tri-Clan Council with the representaives from the three families of Kjerag under the supervision of the Great Elder.

Due to its geographical features and the long period of peace, Kjerag is not particularly interested to the outside world and preferred to focus on internal affairs. As the geopolitcs around Kjerag grows tenuous, especially since the rise of Columbia and the fall of Gaul, change is inevitable. Tensions already rose between the Silverashes who intend on reforming Kjerag for the better and the Paleroches, Browntails, and the Vine-Bear Court who wishes to maintain the status quo. The matter became worse when Olafur, the Silverashes' patriarch, died with his wife Elizabeth in a train accident, giving the opportunity for the other two clans to oust the Silverashes from the Tri-Clan Council through political schemes.[6] For the next few years, the Paleroches and Browntails dominate Kjerag's politics until Olafur's firstborn son Enciodes returned from Victoria and founded K.T. seven years before the events of Arknights, restoring the Silverashes' position in the Council by allowing the other two clans to benefit from K.T.'s activites.

Despite this, the Silverashes grow impatient with the slow progress and plans to "accelerate" Kjerag's modernization while the Paleroches, Browntails, and Vine-Bear Court worry that the Silverashes' methods would bring an end to peace in the Snow Realm and desecrate the Kjeragandr cult's tradition and faith. This come to head in a brief conflict dubbed the Snowcap Incident that leads to Kjerag ending its centuries-long isolationism and changes itself for the better.

Branches

Karlan Trade

Government

  • Tri-Clan Council: The annual convention between the three noble clans of Kjerag (Silverashes, Browntails, and Paleroches) where they discuss Kjerag's secular affairs. Before the Snowcap Incident, the Council acts as Kjerag's nominal leader.[3] Also known as Three House Parliament.
  • Vine-Bear Court: A conclave of the Kjeragandr cult's elders led by a Great Elder which is responsible for electing the Saintesses as well as maintaining Kjerag's traditions in Kjeragandr's name. The Court stubbornly refuses any change to Kjerag to maintain their faith to Kjeragandr. However, it is recently revealed that the Court made up the Karlan Saintess in order to keep Kjerag united.[7]

Following the Snowcap Incident, the Karlan Saintess is made as Kjerag's head of state while the Tri-Clan Council is to be replaced by a parliament with Gnosis Edelweiss as the first speaker[8] and the Vine-Bear Court's executive powers are to be abolished.

Notable people

Native
Operators
  • Elizabeth Silverash: The mother of Enciodes, Enya, and Ensia who died alongside Olafur in a train accident.
  • Luca Browntail: The former patriarch of the Browntail clan and the grandfather of Ratatos and Sciurus.
  • Olafur Silverash: The former patriarch of the Silverash clan and father of Enciodes, Enya, and Ensia. He intended to industrialize Kjerag, but was opposed by the Browntails and Paleroches who plotted to assassinate him as part of their scheme to oust the Silverashes from the Tri-Clan Council. Before they could, Olafur and Elizabeth dies in a train accident with the Edelweisses being framed for their death by the Browntails.[6]

Enemies

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Location

Landmarks

  • Mount Karlan: The most sacred mountain in the Kjeragandr cult, located between the Silverashes and Paleroches' territory, and said to be Kjeragandr's abode. The Karlan Square where the Kjeragandr cult's festivals are held is located on Mt. Karlan's foothills, while a sanctuary complex where the Vine-Bear Court is based on and the Karlan Saintess' residence is located on the summit.
  • Mount Jungfrau: Named after the 3rd Karlan Saintess, Mt. Jungfrau is said to be made from Kjeragandr's tears. Hiking or climbing Mt. Jungfrau is forbidden without permission from the Paleroches.[9]
  • Mount Matterhorn: The tallest mountain in Kjerag which Matterhorn is named after.[9]

Settlements

  • Turicum: The capital of the Silverashes' territory. It is Kjerag's only industrial area and gateway to the outside world through K.T.'s activities.

References

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