The nation of Mul Debbon has deep roots in the world of Alteris. Its origin stretches into prehistory as the first independent human nation, and the first fortress against their gods during the Second Dragon War. Some texts suggest the name is derived from the names of their first king and queen, Mul and Debbani respectively. And while there are some records of an actual queen named Debbani, it is more likely the name is derived from the ancient language of man, with mul meaning “mountains,” and debbon meaning “many.”
According to legend, when the dragon god Sherrphoght waged the First Dragon War across Alteris, the race of man drove the scargs eastward into Secuba, what is now Udai. When Sherrphoght decided he wanted to conquer Dolceca as well, his human followers rebelled against him, and established the camp of their resistance in the mountains of the region of Heroc, central Alteris. Heroc was a cold and unforgiving landscape, and no other beings had chosen to call it home prior to the human uprising. The dragon gods attempted to end the rebellion quickly, but their human children, strong in the ways of earth magic, enchanted the skies and lands around them to ward off their creators. Those enchantments can still be seen in the night skies above Mul Debbon.
In the prehistories of the Dawn Era, Mul Debbon was mostly governed by kings and queens. The monarchy of those days worshipped the dark gods, and the nation was under constant threat of chaotic conflict and misinformation. There were countless civil wars in those days, with many of the cities being burned to the ground again and again. Experts disagree on the exact time table, but the general consensus is that 800 years before the first year of the Fall Era, the monarchy finally ended worship practices to the dark gods, and outlawed the speaking of their names. Over the thousands of years before that period, however, the human species deiminated themselves all throughout Alteris, filling every possible land that could support their intrepid species. Despite any animosity held toward Mul Debbon by their surrounding kingdoms, the land of many mountains is the primary origin point of all human life across Alteris.
The Fall Era is marked by a number of changes across all of Alteris. In the year 1 FE, a Debbonese lord claimed to have had communion with an ancient god, named Elken. In his account, while he was out hunting boar, the god approached him and demanded an accounting of his service as lord of Oakenhome. The story indicates that this lord, who is known as Anthropol, was chastised by Elken for not supporting the people of his city. He returned from his hunt that day, cast off his title, and established the first church of Elken. Over the next hundred years, that became the Order of Elken and fundamentally altered the government of Mul Debbon. Elken worship became the primary religion at that point, with a greater focus on personal freedom, and government for the people.
The nation today has six city states: the captial of Alterwood, Oakenhome, Sunlanding (also called Posadka), Lyonhall, Boarshrine, and Redfall (also called Krasnaya). The nation is governed by elected officials, called Yilieths on the local level, and Boroeths on the higher level. A key distinction among Debbonese culture is the absence of patriarchal or matriarchal rule. People are not forced into particular career paths or societal expectations based on their gender. There are male and female Elkenhammers, Yilieths, and Boroeths.
But the road to what is modern Mul Debbon was not an easy one. The trend toward freedom of the citizens did not find footing until after the year 200 Modern Era. As Elken worship grew, the ruling elite found it harder to assert their dominion over their subjects. The people rebelled frequently, resulting in over seventy-five civil wars in the region from 50 FE to 800 FE. These wars have left permanent scars on the cities of Mul Debbon, with structures being built atop the rubble of countless generations lost in conflict. The frequency of in fighting lead to the foundation of the Order of Elken’s warrior monks, the Elkenhammers. Their devotion to the natural balance and freedom of all beings put them in place as the ballast of peace in the region, keeping the lords and kings from abusing their power as often as they could.
Things changed drastically in the year 150 Modern Era, however. A civil war forced the Order to dispatch their warriors with the then queen’s military, in an effort to ensure prevention of war crimes. But the queen issued an extermination order, which lead to the annihilation of the Elkenhammers on Friday the 27th of June, 150 ME. Only a few escaped her order. The civil war petered out over the next year, with the queen being assassinated on the throne. She was then followed by her daughter, who attempted to rebuild Mul Debbon once more.
After a fifty year period, the Elkenhammers returned. In 200 ME, the rebellions had been settled, and peace was returning to the land. However, a heavy tax remained on the people as instituted by the previous queen. An Elkenhammer called Anthropol the Second allowed himself to be captured so he could hold audience with the queen. There, he taught her the fundamental truths of Elken, and inspired her to lay down her crown and free the people from the yoke of lords and ladies. Since that time, Mul Debbon has been an egalitarian theocracy.