Veluna, properly known as the Archclericy of Veluna, is a theocratic political state of the Flanaess.
The Archclericy of Voll, originally a vassal to the Viceroyalty of Ferrond, became known as Veluna and claimed independence from the Great Kingdom of Aerdy in 254 CY. The Kingdom of Keoland began a series of occupations of Veluna in 350 CY, only to be ultimately driven out in 438 CY by the forces of Furyondy. In 446 CY, in an agreement known as the Concordat of Eademer, the Velunese College of Bishops voted overwhelmingly to break from the kingdom of Furyondy, establishing the current state known as the Archclericy of Veluna.
Because the moon of Luna held special significance for the original Flan tribes in the area, the region is also sometimes known as the “Vale of Luna,” or more simply, “The Vale.”
Modern Veluna is generally located in the western-central portion of the Flanaess. It is bordered by the Velverdyva River to the north and east; by the Fals River to the north and west; and by the Lortmil Mountains and the Kron Hills to the south. Most of the original forests in the Vale have been clear cut to make way for farmland, or to supply lumber for building projects. The only remaining woodlands of any note are the Ironwood, the Dapple Wood and the Asnath Copse.
As of 591 CY, the population of Veluna totaled 668,800 persons, the vast majority (almost 80%) being humans of mainly Oeridian descent. Elves make up another 10% (mostly of the high elf variety), while the remainder of the population consists of gnomes, halflings, dwarves, half-elves, and half-orcs. The most populous towns are Mitrik (pop. 16,200), Veluna City (pop. 11,100), and Devarnish (pop. 7,900).
The most popular deities among Velunans are Rao, Saint Cuthbert, Heironeous, the Oeridian agricultural gods, Fharlanghn, Zilchus, and the Seldarine.
The most widely-spoken languages in Veluna include Common, Velondi, Flan, Elven, Halfling, and Gnome.
The Archclericy of Veluna is a theocracy devoted to the worship of Rao, and ruled by the Canon of Veluna, a powerful Raoan cleric advised by the College of Bishops and the Celestial Order of the Moons. The Canon is selected by the College of Bishops and approved by the Celestial Order when the old Canon steps down or passes on. Power to remove the Canon is shared between the College and the Celestial Order. The national capital is Mitrik.
Veluna is divided into eight dioceses for the purpose of administering both church and secular functions. Seven of the dioceses are jointly ruled, half of the governing power being held by a bishop of Rao (appointed by the Canon), and the remaining power given to the most powerful secular noble family in each diocese. The eighth diocese, that of Veluna City, is governed by the Canon himself, though an archbishop is appointed to administer it.
As of 591 CY, Veluna’s chief of state is Canon Hazen.
Veluna’s coat of arms is blazoned thus: Sable, quarterly a crescent or, over all a mullet of four points argent.
Veluna is noted for its foodstuffs, and mining operations to produce copper, silver, and gold.
The Veluna standard coinage consists of the platinum brilliant (pp), gold crook (gp), electrum staff (ep), silver tower (sp), and copper hand (cp).
Velunan coins have been minted on and off for hundreds of years. After declaring independence from Furyondy, coins were stamped out by many of the baronies. In the common year of 512, the Archclericy proclaimed that only they could mint coins. Since then all coins are made only with the Archclericy’s blessing. As far as size and weight, the coins are made to fit the specific standards set down long ago by the Great Kingdom. The common names given to the coins were nicknames of the earlier minting which may or may not bear any resemblance to the current version.
Coins are common currency only in civilized areas of Veluna, where they are used to purchase everything from boarding and meal at the inn, to rewards from the nobles. Peasants only need coinage when in town for celebrations and fests, far from their hard toil. The goods produced for sale by the farmers, herders, ranchers and fishermen are usually gathered together and transported to the major towns by the Noble’s bailiff. Much of the money earned is traded for supplies for the Noble’s house and the tools and goods needed by the poor and the humble. Thus, the remaining coinage is taken to the Noble’s keep for safety. In rural areas, bartering is still a common way of gaining goods and services. Normally, taxes and tithings are also paid with goods rather than coinage. So coins offered to a farmer for food or an animal may not be traded for their full value, since his family cannot eat coins and they can easily be taken from them.