Dark Days in Sion
Chivalan men and women have fair skin with hair and eyes of many colors. Men stand about 5’10” on average, with no particular preference for growing a beard or not. Women are fond of jewelry. It is tradition in Chival for married couples to wear matching rings on their right hand.
A proud, well-spoken people, Chivalan nobles are known for chivalry and courtesy. Chivalans are also known for being a devoutly religious people. Their patron deity, Pentos, maybe the most widely worshiped in the world.
Common; Verbal and Written. Old Chivalan; Verbal and Written. Learned Chivalans often converse in Old Chivalan, a tongue rarely used in modern days except by clergy in church mass.
Age of Khimera – 3,000 years ago
Located at the center of the island of Chival, the Kingdom of Khimera was established 3,000 years ago in by a devout demon worshipper named Khimera who made an evil pact with the demon god Herod to become king. Herod is the demon god of Magic, Pride and Treachery. Khimera was his first and greatest devotee on Sion. Khimeras kingdom was located in central Chival ruling the surrounding provinces of Mordhel, Ateria, Chatel, Vorkosigan and Aurig.
Age of Pentos – 2,000 years ago
Large towns with stone walls appear in five different areas of Chival. [[Estremadura]was built in the Mordhel region, Hacilar was built in the Ateria region, Corcea Mors was built in the Chatel region, Drakhous was built in the Vorkosigan region, and Sauveterre was built in the Aurig region. The walls were built primarily to defend against foreign invaders such as the Morg
Common Chivalans had been beholden to the kings of Khimera for a thousand years before their prayers for a savior were finally answered. Five saints appeared and worked to establish the Church of Pentos.Pentos is the patron deity of Civilization, Humanity and Judgement. These saints claimed the god Pentos appeared to them, independently but simultaneously with five commandments. Saint Vespasian was responsible for the Church of Pentos in the settlement of Hacilar.
Saint Vespasian was the first of the saints to take up arms against the Khimeran followers of Herod, known as the Cult of Herod. Not long after that, a Khimeran army surrounded the settlement of Hacilar and laid siege. The settlement was sacked in short order, and Saint Vespasian himself was captured and publicly executed as an example to the others.
The other saints called for the first holy crusade against the Cult of Herod and the great majority of Chivalans joined forces against them. The next few years were known as “The Great Cleansing”, as cultists of Herod were exterminated wherever they could be found.
This crusade accomplished more than the fall of the Cult of Herod and the Kingdom of Khimera. It also joined the Chivalan people together in a way that had never been done before. Shortly after they chose their first king, and the saints elected the first patriarch for the church, which has become the largest in western Sion and arguably the world.