Fiction: The Conquests of Jov

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This is just another bit of lore for the fictional universe I’m working on.

The Terraverse

Your universe; the universe of space, is just that: Space. It is an almost infinitely wide span of empty, matter-less space, with a scattering of matter across it, in suns and planets, in galaxies and meteors. And it is on these floating stones or ice balls or gas balls that life has evolved. Our world is otherwise. It is opposite. Ours is an unmeasured span of matter; dirt, stone, ice, whatever, there is almost always substance. Except, for the scattering of spaces. These spaces, these caverns, much like your stellar objects, vary in size and form, and it is here, in these cracks between the fill, that life thrives.

The History of Jovia

Part One: The Conquests of Jov.

Jovia is a nation within the Core, a vast spherical cavern, where people dwelt on it's outer surface, as the pull of gravity (or downing) is anomalous in the Core. It's vast amount of inhabitable surface allowed for a great population to thrive within the Core, which in later days came to be regarded as a cradle of human civilization.
The traditional founder of Jovia is called Jov, son of Ov. Ov was a lord of the Tupplanders, an uncultured people, whose lifestyle was defined by the mountainous region they resided. They were tough, and often the Tuppland tribes were at war with one another, but by the time of Ov, the tribes had largely settled down and had largely set boundaries having, by all accounts, been at peace for many decades before the rise of Jov. Ov had fortified himself, as most of the Tuppland lords had, in a castle by a dale, which would supply the crops and space for his people, while his castle (Uvinia, the foundation for the modern city of the same name) was built atop a high, but smooth hill at the foothills of the mountains about.

When Jov ascended the Lordship of Uvinia, he began establishing himself as the dominant power in the hills and dales about Uvinia. He did this by raiding and conquering neighbouring tribes, and having their lords to swear fealty to him, or be made dethroned. Eventually, Jov had become the dominant lord of the Tupplanders, and many of the other Tuppland lords gathered to him, swearing fealty freely, for they saw his rule as a guarantee of their own power in their own lands. And Jov saw that this unity of the Tupplanders was good, and an inevitable result of the previous years of peace and war. But soon rule over the mountains and dales of Tuppland was not enough, while they had food and space to quench themselves, the Tupplanders felt that they should be rewarded for their unity, and Jov agreed with his people. And he saw the Underians, the people of the steppes below, saw that they lived in plenty with their vast fields and fruitful yields, and saw that they lived in peace. “Lo,” Said Jov,”These people below the mountains, they no nothing of the avalanche, of the storm, of war. They would be better under my rule, as I, and the people of Tupp, can protect them from without.” So Jov justified the Tupp invasion of Undera. From the mountainous land of Tupp his armies rode, down into the grasslands, and across the farms and fields, defeating the unprepared forces of the Underians. And they rode on, from the foot of the mountains to the end of the grasses, where the land met the sea. Looking back, Jov saw that from Uvinia deep in the mountain lands, to here, at a cape at the sea, he had formed a mighty kingdom. While the Tupplanders had long called him their king, and he did not correct them, he had not claimed the title before, not feeling worth to the ancient title, but now. Now he saw a Kingdom, a kingdom he forged himself, not following any old boundaries, straddling the lines of many tribes and old borders. Therefore, he declared, that his Kingdom, which was birthed by him, should be named from him, and thus the Kingdom of Jovia was founded.

During his rule, King Jov had twin sons: Lov and Yov. Lov took after Jov in his fighting spirit and his valor, while Yov inherited his father's wish to protect the people. Jov saw that both his sons would make good Kings in their time, and rather than pick one or the other, he decreed that upon his death, the kingdom would be split, and the coasts and cities would go to Lov, while the mountains, dales and fields would go to Yov. This he hoped would force his sons to adapt, Yov would have to fight to protect his people from the peoples beyond the mountains, and Lov would have to rule benevolently in peace. After a reign of many years, Jov finally died, and Jovia was split in two, Lovia and Yovia.

For a time, these kingdoms existed in peace. Yovia, never having a large population, instead had a greater quality of life and so was able to commission cultural endeavors, and eventually scientific ones, with many discoveries and inventions being made by the Yovians to make their lives upon the mountains easier, and to increase the yield of their crops. Yovia exported its inventions to both it's sister nation of Lovia, and even further afield to the great cities of Old Asyppia, and the machines of Yovia, including the steam engine, lighting systems, and other whimsical machines spread and proliferated across the Core nations. Lovia, for it's early years, was also at peace, but life was rough on the cold and harsh coasts. After the time of Lov, the Lovians would often take to their boats and participate in great raids and naval wars against the pirates of Normosa, and occasionally even conquered a Normosan Isle or Assypian coastal town. These raids, which never led to true territorial changes, were later seen as a harsh but necessary time in Jovian history, where the Lovians had to fulfill the blood-lust of two peoples, their own, and that of the peace-loving Yovians who had forsaken the old ways of battle and glory.