Amber: Dynasty

Not quite the Wars of the Roses…

The Kingdom of Rebma

Rebma is often referred to as the first reflection of Amber. It lies beneath the ocean and can be accessed by the great stair, faielle-bionin, which wends downwards from the beach to the south of Amber city.

  • Motto: “সম্মানিত পূর্বপুরুষগণ এর পদাঙ্ক” (Rebmanic) “In the Footsteps of Honourable Ancestry”
  • Capital: Palace Mount, Blaenau District
  • Official Languages: Rembanic. Thari
  • Demonym: Rebman (একটিঅ্যাম্বারনা)
  • Government: Matrilineal Monarchy
  • Formation:
    Unification by King Gwaelod — 1DE
    Statute of Angharad — 420DE
    Act of Succession — 854INT
  • Dating System: Llewelwyn Calendar – Tidal Lunar Calendar
  • Area: 20 km2
  • Population: 200,003 (2210HE Census)
  • Currency: Rebman Wye
  • Religion: Polytheistic Trinity

Background

Rebma (/rɛb-mah/; Rebmanic: নাঅ্যাম্বার )  is a City State submerged approximately 200ft off the coastal city of Amber. It does not form part of The Golden Circle and exists as an Independent Sovereign Nation subject to matrilineal primogeniture, where the eldest female child is entitled to the hereditary succession. It is bordered by Amber to the west, the Kelp fields of Nedra to the east, Outremer Abyssal to the North and the Caerphilly Trench to the South . It has an approximate population of 200,000 and has a total liveable area of 20 km2. Rebma has over 500km of trench-line, most of it beyond the Veil, and is partially mountainous. The dormant Seamount lies to the North of the Outremer Abyssal.

The kingdom lies within the North Temperate Zone, however the changeable maritime climate on the surface does not reach down to the borders. Travel to Rebma is via faiella-bionin, a stairway marked at the top by an eight-foot cairn of grey stones. The faiella-bionin is artificially lit from 50 feet below the surface, alternately on the left and right side of the stairway. Travel to Rebma is regulated through passport control; however, citizens of Amber do not require a visa unless they are planning to settle or conduct business in Rebma. During times of crisis, travel is restricted to essential services only.

Rebman national identity is believed to have emerged among the nomadic abyssal tribes after the Talshan Rapture in the prehistoric era. Throughout the early Dragon Era, The First Kingdom was established, led by King Gwaelod, but his reign was a tumultuous one. His death in 340DE sparked a dynastic war, the Dying Throes that was only brought to a close with the Statute of Angharad, securing an Interregnum government in the wake of the Seamount Eruption and subsequent desolation of northern Rebma. The later Restoration of Rebman society also saw the re-establishment of the monarchy. The Act of Succession, pertaining to the establishment of a matrilineal succession, was passed as the last act of the Interregnum government.  At the dawn of the Industrial Renaissance, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the Kingdom from a predominantly agricultural society into an industrial nation; the Rift Valley magma-field’s exploitation caused a rapid expansion of the population.  Following the Divergence, Isolation of the Temple Mount and subsequent Withdrawal of the Veil, the Kingdom’s traditional extractive and heavy industries fell in to decline, and Rebma’s economy evolved to depend on the public sector, education, light and service industries and tourism once contact with modern Amber was established.

Although modern Rebma shares some of its political and social history with Amber over the last 1600 years, and the majority of the population speaks Thari, the Kingdom has retained a distinct cultural identity and is officially bilingual. Over 150,000 Rebmanic language speakers live in Rebma.

Etymology

The words “Rebma” and “Rebman” derive from the same linguistic root (singular Rabh, plural Rabhn), which was itself derived from the name of the abyssal tribe known to be the progenitors of Gwaelod’s line, and which came to refer indiscriminately to all of his descendants and, later, to all inhabitants of Rebma itself.

The early High Thari-speaking settlers of Amber came to use the term Ræhm when referring to the Rebmans in particular, and Rēahmas when referring to their lands.

History

The Palace Mount

Noble Houses of Rebma

Llewelwyn Calendar

Claddu Môr – Death & Burial in Rebma

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