Atop the Shoulders of Giants
Lying west of Sef across an ever shrinking expanse of unclaimed and uncontrolled territory, Brok’Tad is an alliance of cities formed after the model pioneered by Leiln. Brok’Tad formed at first as an alliance between the cities of Dreld and Waerd’s Pass in the early 14th century and was eventually turned into what it is today – and given its current name – more than two hundred years later. It has expanded now to include 8 noteworthy cities along with more than six dozen small towns and villages. The country now covers more than half of the Cerik Wilds, and is swiftly becoming a major exporter of grain products to Sef and the Nada’Fan.
Brok’Tad was formed after nearly two centuries (from late 1100’s to early 1300’s) of fighting between the several independent city states of the area coupled with the occasional village or peasant revolt. The movement to form a coalition started in response to the uprising of a community called Faen in the southern reaches of Dreld’s lands, lead by Lord Adrian Havek of Ackerly and the dragon Minirnatranoskktan. When the uprising was won Lord Havek took up the title of Baron. Slowly, one-by-one, other communities around Dreld and Waerd’s Pass began attempting such uprisings. Some were successful, often with the support of Faen, some were not. Never-the-less, it became apparent by the year 1301 that something had to be done, and the rulers of Dreld and Waerd’s Pass signed an alliance.
More than ten human generations passed with continued conflicts, but no futher attempts at true uprising, before representatives of Faen enticed Dreld and Waerd’s Pass to accept a modified alliance in which Faen would join and act as a political and military ally – primarily in the person of it’s baroness Minirnatranoskktan – in exchange for recognition of Faen as an equal partner in the alliance and the formation of a ruling council in similar fashion to that of Leiln. The offer was called a “Brok’Tad” in the draconic language – a “New Breath”. The agreement was accepted, the name stuck, and over the following century the country slowly grew and prospered, though political progress remained ever slow – occasionally to the frustration of its primarily human rulers whose perspective of time has been necessarily more limited than that of Minirna.
The members of the ruling council of Brok’Tad are either the ruler of each of the members, or a representative of those rulers (as some of the cities have solitary rulers and some maintain councils or oligarchies of various sorts). The ruling council primarily deals with matters of foreign relation and has little to no control over local laws and edicts – depending on your interpretation of the laws. Generally its smaller communities tend to interpret that the council has local as well as national jurisdiction, where as the larger communities – those who traditionally collected taxes from their broad surroundings – do not.