Empire of Vecna
|Occluded Empire of Vecna|
|Region||Sheldomar Valley, Old Ferrond|
|Government||Unknown, possibly an autocracy|
|Established||Unknown, possibly centuries before -358 CY|
|Major Towns||Ykrath, Tycheron|
|Races||Human (Flan), undead|
|Enemies||Mara, Fleeth, others|
Geography and climate
Vecna's empire ranged from the Sheldomar Valley to the northwest shores of the Nyr Dyv, although his immediate reach was only the land near his stronghold [Dragon #348, page 20), the Rotted Tower (also called the Black Tower) in the Rushmoors. There, Vecna built his capital city of Ykrath, a stone fortress city described in Vecna Reborn as "miles and miles of towers, castles, and cathedrals all dedicated to him." [page 50]
Although Vecna was the supreme ruler, his empire also featured a Council presided over by Kas. See Vecna Lives, page seven.
The exact heraldry used by Vecna's Empire is unknown, but there are a number of possibilities:
- Vecna's armies are depicted in Vecna: Hand of the Revenat bearing shields with a skull motif (pp. 7, 23, 26, 30, 31, 33, 41). Also depicted are a number of standards which seem to be illuminated skulls (2-3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 30).
- Die Vecna Die! mentions "a red snake wrapped around a golden starburst" upon a blue banner as being "one of the most ancient symbols used by Vecna" (p. 112). This symbol is also said to represent the Serpent and is currently used only "on the highest of holy days" (DVD, 94).
- Die Vecna Die! also mentions that the coins of Vecna's realm bore images such as "skulls, spiders, snakes, and magical devices" (p. 48).
Thanks to examples found in Citadel Cavitius, coins minted in the Empire of Vecna are known to have been manufactured from copper, silver, electrum, gold, and platinum (DVD, 94, 112, 118), though it is unlikely that such coins would have fit the same standard established by the Great Kingdom centuries later (LGG, 19). Regardless, the coinage of Vecna's Empire is said to be highly valued by collectors and sages. The names of each denomination are unknown, but the coins bear images of magical devices, spiders, skulls, and snakes (DVD, 48).
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