The Summer Heroes
Great Elven Society
In Arah Tammuz of -1484 BR, Fyranil began to implement what he called The Great Elven Society. The remnants of the great families were rounded up and executed, and control of the army and the mages consolidated under his rule. Fyranil then began to reorganize elven society from the ground up, and the peoples of the entire kingdom were placed into castes, according to their professions. The crown of Hassunai was abolished, and governance was instead placed into the hands of the Elven Council, a body composed of the leader of each of the seven castes. The supreme head of Hassuna was given veto power over the Council’s decisions, though not a vote on the Council itself, except in the case of a tie.
(All dates here are given in Brightwater Reckoning format, though the Hassunai calendar was also reformed by Fyranil during the reorganization into the Great Elven Society. The year of -1484 BR is counted as the First Year of the Unified Elven People, and the style is 1 UEP.)
Fyranil kept his title of Leader of the Elven People, a title which persists. The Leader is a non-hereditary position, and each Leader may nominate three potential successors. The Council votes on these nominations and may reject one of the nominees; the remaining two (or three, if none are rejected) are ranked into a succession.
The Perpetual Edict and the Pillars of Fyranil
The vast document that implemented these changes—the reorganization of the government and society, as well as the de facto constitution of the new realm—is known as the Perpetual Edict. Fyranil insisted that this document would “govern the elven people in harmony forever” and the name “Perpetual Edict” was intended to reflect the eternal nature of his government. The Perpetual Edict cannot be modified, and all—even the Leader of the Elven People—are considered subordinate to it. Any and all laws passed by the Elven Council since the establishment of the Great Elven Society have had to carefully and clearly delineate two things: First, that the law represents no contravention of the Perpetual Edict and therefore represents no change to it, and second, that the law is subordinate to the Edict and is passed solely on the authority given to the Council by the Edict itself.
In order to promulgate the Perpetual Edict and the new Great Elven Society, Fyranil ordered the erection of a vast number of Eternal Pillars of the Society (usually now simply called the “Pillars of Fyranil”) in every city, town, and village across the land. The Pillars are nearly all identical: they stand fifty feet tall and have the entire text of the Perpetual Edict carved into them. The sole exception to this is the Pillar of Bel’Sammara, which is similar to the other Pillars except that it stands a hundred feet tall (the carvings are proportionally larger as well, and so the text is twice as large as the text on the other pillars) and the letters carved into the pillar are filled with gold. The Pillars still stand to this day, and all new settlements across the realm—regardless of size—must have one in the community’s center.
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