The Stratocracy of Scythia is a military nation nestled in the craggy mountains that cover the southeast reaches of Norn. The name of Scythia is synonymous with its ruthless Dragon Knights, a group of elite mercenary soldiers who ride powerful wyverns into combat. The Dragon Knights were initially a group of Liberation Army soldiers who purchased their steeds from wyvern-tamers living in the mountains in the years after the fall of the Du’un Empire.
Though the Dragon Knights are vital to the defense of their mountainous home, they are known across the continent as the finest mercenaries in Norn. Wyverns are native to the Scythian mountains, and few warriors west of Santenne know how to properly combat a flying foe. The nation is ruled by General Kulshedra, supreme commander of all military operations in Scythia. As a stratocracy, all political leaders are also military leaders, and their political and military stations are approximately equal.
Scythia’s peaks are not tall and receive very little snowfall due to their warm climate, but they make unassisted pedestrian navigation all but impossible. Wild beasts and barbaric humanoids and goblinoids take advantage of the labyrinthine canyons that dominate the nation and often plan ambushes on caravans and travelers. Scythian weather is tropical and wet in the oceanic south and dry and arid in the north where the mountains meet the Kurtulmak Desert. During the imperial age, people of all different kinds fled to the Scythian mountains. Today, Scythia is one of the most diverse nations on Norn, especially given its geographical and climatic uniformity. There is a large population of mountain dwarves who live in halls carved out of the rocky mountain faces. Dwarves from Scythia are more tolerant of high elves than their kin in other nations. The two kinds often live in the same mountainous vaults. Some wood elves live in Scythia’s sparse forests and others work in unity with humans as terrace farmers on the fertile mountainsides. Few dragonborn live in Scythia, for they consider the Dragon Knights’ use of wyverns as mere mounts as an insult to their draconic heritage.