– PART II –
The Dyonuxiot Empire was made up of nine states – of which Methum was one of the most prominent. The other states were: Machias, Xenobia, Ino, Theoc, Romnei, Medeseld, Kriptom and Ideais.
The people of Methum were mainly fair-skinned, called the Methists, but minority factions also existed throughout the state and these factions usually belonged to one of the other states, or they were Morhuns [the Dyonuxiot equivalent of nomadic Gypsies] or were mixed-race. The ruler of Methum, Queen Lesra, was married to the King of Xenobia; and, in time, their only child, Principessa Medisna, would inherit both states.
Geographically, Methum was very diverse – it had dense forests, flat plains, fertile land, rivers, and a mountain range named the Deoroc – though wildlife appeared to be limited. The state was famous for its production of textiles, meat and cheap Methumeze wine; but fish was a delicacy that the natives liked to keep to themselves. Weather tended to fluctuate – if the elements were feeling mischievous, Methum could experience all four seasons happening in one day.
Methum’s capital city was Escarr.
Another point worth mentioning about Methum – it was very behind. When you walked through the streets, it was like wading through the Tudor Dynasty of Ancient England. There were horses and carriages; women in flamboyantly flared dresses, men in puffed pants and tights, funny hats with feathers, bards and minstrels at every street corner, and a very polite and hospitable population. It was bizarre, really, that such an under-developed state should also own force fields, guns, and other amazingly dangerous military equipment.
“Some of the Human captives were forced to explain how our weapons worked,” Roderigo had explained, “So the Dyonuxiots learned.”
When Proxima argued about it, Roderigo would only say, “You’re lucky they haven’t learnt about RPGs, rocket launchers, and tanks. The best they can do on that scale is cannons!”
Lastly, Methum had the greatest army out of all the Dyonuxiot states, called the Fyddin, and was the greatest threat to the Emperor Iago Comneus for this reason as well as Methum being in such close range to the Human Empire.