The Green Nation of Singing

Summer, The Summer Nation,

Ruled by the Gwaranaccii


Most historians, Peter Shields included, believe that the Gwaranaccii brought about their own sour fate. They were the second of the Nations to suffer from the "gold disease" or the lust for goods made in Zelosia. Although they had always suffered from a sense of entitlement and a desire for personal goods that exceeded the greed of most noble houses, the Gwaranaccii fell victims to their own lust for control of all trade with Zelosia. The queens tried to control it, but Sceta came two generations too late to do enough good for her people. By her election, most of the Green Nation were starving or working as slaves for merchants controlled by Zelosia.

In both versions of the Invasion, the Green Nation played a prominent role. In Peter Shields version, Niall Aveldonacc was elected to the Briar Throne and died in 376. Marsyas gained control of Belva through Niall's desire to impress his queen and set up an invasion over the Slevrana Lia down the Trader's Road to wipe out the Holly and Oak who were embroiled in a civil war. In Lucia Shield's version of the Invasion, Raol Aveldonacc was elected to the Briar Throne and set about forming the Veldonaccii Alliance, when Veldonaccii kings controlled most of the Nations on the Anieth border. They repelled the Zelosian advance into the Trader's Road. Marsyas, not to be gainsaid, married Sceta Gwaranacca in the hopes of controlling the Nation through her. Drise turned the Nation against her daughter and defied Marsyas. At Sceta's death, Marsyas moved south to easier pickings in the Red and Black Nations.


You can see from this map how Belva's position at the confluence of three rivers is that allowed her so much trade. The Belva and the Zelos and the North Zelos were major trade routes into the human lands. However much the Yellow and Red Nations may have wanted to control the trade of herds and metals into Zelosia, the Avena and Snatha were not to be navigated with any craft and flowed west into Anieth and the Sea. Not only did Belva get all the rich goods from Dumona up the Trader's Road, but they controlled the fur and lumber trade from the northern Nations. The powerful Colleges also played a part in this; we cannot blame the Gwaranaccii for it all, in that their patron Queens were rich and the Colleges attracted the best of the eolas. The observatory at Taranhai was the best in the Nations, perhaps in the Western World, and the schools of diplomacy and law were famous through the Plain. If the Gwaranaccii thought like merchants and ruled their people through privilege, not example, was a matter of geography, not some inherent weakness in the family. Their Serpent Patrons were of this ilk, being a Lesser Clan and known only through their part with the humans; but the Thorn were powerful in their own right and controlled two Nations through their kings, magi of many gifts.


An unexpected effect of Raol winning the Briar Throne was the birth of Nathartha's second child, Teig Angwaranacc. It was due to Teig that the shapeshifter, Luaith (Fann) was sent to live with the Druaccii when she was rescued from the slave markets by Teig and his friends, Cuadhe Inveldonacca and Duvan Adruacc. It was also because of Teig that Colloch Angwaranacc was uncovered as a shapeshifter and Yseula Ingwaranacca was thwarted in her attempt to gain the Serpent Throne through her birth of a half-breed son who would control the Gwaranaccii forces.

It was often said that the Gwaranaccii were a nest of serpents or a briar patch. Intrigue and games of power were their meat and bread. Their endless appetites for gaming and feasting also drove them deep into debt and robbed their people. Drise had levied heavy taxes to pay for the Gwaranaccii excesses and Queen Nathartha was never able to get out from under her mother's influence. A weak woman, she feared her husband because she could not read his mind and began to see conspiracies everywhere. She disowned her son when Raol got the brilliant boy into college and disowned her daughter and denounced her granddaughter when Sceta married Marsyas in an attempt to make peace with the aggressive Zelosians. Sceta was also obsessed with a vision that she thought was true and acted to ally herself with Zelosia for the sake of her brother. When Raol vanished in 373, the Nation fell into civil war as the people revolted, sickened by the excesses of their noble family and frightened by the loss of their king sacrifice that would cleanse the land and bring back good luck. Sceta, fearing that Teig would become the sacrifice, being the closest male relative of Nathartha, acted also to protect her brother as well as her people from the Gwaranaccii.

The Gwaranaccii were very distant from their Wood patrons. The Thorn King played a large part in trying to influence the queens, but they were of little magical power and had the worst of human frailties. Even Sceta, with such potential for greatness, ended her life as a victim of pride despite the Thorn King's attempts to help her.

© 2014, A.R. Stone

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