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Arelon

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Arelon
Arelon Map.jpg
by Isaac Stewart
Capital Elantris, Kae (following the Reod)
Region Opelon
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Arelon was the westernmost known nation on the planet Sel.

Capital

Before the Reod the capital city of Arelon was Elantris, the magical shining city home to the Elantrians who ruled the nation. After the fall of Elantris the nearby city of Kae became the capital for a short period of ten years and then after the invasion of Arelon, and the reconstruction of Elantris, New Elantris became the new capital.

Government

Before the Reod, Arelon was ruled as a theocratic nation, ruled by the Elantrians[1], who were worshipped as deities by virtue of their magical abilities. Although the Elantrians were regarded as gods by many of the citizenry other religions existed and were not contested by the Elantrians.[2]

After the collapse of Elantris due to the Reod, the merchant class rose up as the most powerful and wealthy citizens, and overthrew the former government.[3] The merchants then became the new nobility, the capital city moved from Elantris to one of the surrounding towns, Kae, and the head of the merchants guild Iadon was crowned as king, the new government ruled that someones nobility was directly tied to their wealth, which lead to the reinstatement of a form of slavery of the peasant class as all the nobles struggled to gain more wealth and so rise in rank.[4] This system of government was incredibly unstable and it is believed that even without the invasion of Arelon the government would soon have collapsed.

Magic

Some people of Aonic heritage, residing in Arelon would be struck by a phenomenon known as the Shaod and would gain the ability to draw Aons symbols which when drawn correctly could produce a magical effect, these symbols were strongest when used close to the city of Elantris and inside of Arelons borders. Each Aon also resembled some of the landscape of Arelon. The central Aon that was required to draw all others was a basic map of Arelon itself.[2]

Plantations

After the Reod and the Fall of Elantris, King Iadon established a plantation system in order to control Arelon. Peasants were bound to a Plantation in a practice similar to serfdom. Each Plantation was named for a different Aon. Due to the competitive nature of Arelish noble status, the peasants were often poorly treated as the nobles were anxious to retain their titles.[5]

  • Aha Plantation
  • Aor Plantation: The plantation Diren worked on before being taken by the Reod.[6]
  • Are Plantation
  • Daa Plantation
  • Deo Plantation
  • Edo Plantation
  • Ehe Plantation
  • Ena Plantation
  • Eno Plantation
  • Eon Plantation: Operated by Count Eondel.[5]
  • Eshe Plantation
  • Iad Plantation
  • Ial Plantation: Operated by Duke Roial.[5]
  • Ido Plantation
  • Ien Plantation
  • Kaa Plantation
  • Kai Plantation
  • Kie Plantation: Operated by Lord Waren's father.[7]
  • Mai Plantation
  • Nae Plantation
  • Opa Plantation
  • Ore Plantation
  • Rii Plantation
  • Sao Plantation
  • Seo Plantation
  • Tii Plantation: Operated by Baron Edan.[5]

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