Based on chess, Serdium's culture is heavily geared towards its Court system, comprised of the five primary Courts (White, Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) who rule over their nations as supreme, divine leaders, and direct their lower court in all areas of life. Choked with Harmonics and Chaotics, Serdium's magical atmosphere is rather unstable, even after the murder of the previous core H/C at the hands of the Black & White Courts. The years of magical war that followed worsened the issue, which was "fixed" by sealing as much excess magic under the oceanfloor as possible.
However, in recent years, three newer Courts (C, M, Y) have cropped up, threatening the lifestyle and unsteady armistace that the B/W have created for themselves. Peace threatens to collapse as political and trade pressure begins to press harder and harder on all five nations.
The White Court, along with the Black Court, were the original two kingdoms after the assassination of the leader Harmonics. The White Court is quiet and reclusive in modern times, having settled its border with its neighboring Court and becoming more concerned with new overseas threats rather than their own continent. Kept well-hidden is the state of their King, O'Brien, mentally unwell and sickly, for fear of attack from other courts.
This is where the Pawns, Barons, Earls, Vassals, and peasants of the White Court are stored. They serve their Upper Court with dedication and fierce loyalty, primarily due to believing in religious divinity.
The Black Court, along with the Wite Court, were the original two kingdoms after the assassination of the leader Harmonics. The Black Court is rowdy and energetic in modern times, still occasionally letting their denizens squabble with its border and putting pressure on the other Court to hand over more land or resources in return for peace. Their dedication is wholly towards their ingroup, and they protect their vassals with all their military might.
This is where the Pawns, Barons, Earls, Vassals, and peasants of the Black Court are stored. They serve their Upper Court with dedication and fierce loyalty, primarily due to believing in religious divinity.
Formed on a continent far enough away that only in modern times was travel possible, the Cyan Court is a trading metropolis. Wealthy beyond belief and acting patrons of the arts, the Cyan leaders were once mortals who ascended with the help of access to pure, unfiltered magic from underneath the seafloor. This secret is highly guarded by the Court, instead being touted that the Upper Court was ascended through merithood and being chosen by the gods.
This is where the Pawns, Barons, Earls, Vassals, and peasants of the Cyan Court are stored. They serve their Upper Court with dedication and fierce loyalty, primarily due to the care taken to protect their way of life and wealth.
The Magenta Court shares its borders with the Cyan, and has kept those secure through excessive shows of military force. Mandatory drafts, service, and weaponry in every home has made the nation a gleaming machine of trained killers, although the focus on the need for protection has let mental health and culture fall to the wayside. In recent years they have laxed, allowing immigration and more free trade of the arts and goods through their borders - notably after watching the Yellow Court nearly collapse on itself.
The Yellow Court sits across a massive bay from the Magenta and Cyan, isolated on an island with limited space and resources. It quickly became clear to anyone that the economy struggled to sustain itself, often having to pay high prices to import necessities from its neighboring courts. The Upper Court attempted to cover this up with propaganda and festivals, but an anonymous whistleblower from within the Court government made the entire farce crash down, and the amount of bubbling civil unrest in the nation is akin to a lid on a boiling pot.
Individuals who either no longer belong to a Court or never belonged to a Court go here. They may be of various origins and do not necessarily know each other just because they're in this folder together.