I will continue were i ended the last time.
So these twelve nations struggled to survive in this unpopulated, but not empty world. They build their first cities (which later became their capitals) and expanded
their influence over the nearby lands. Eventually they applied more settlements surrounding their first cities. And from now on they expanded with every passing year.
But it was a harsh struggle, and the later century could bring someone to belief life was easy these early days. It was not. Many didn't survive. Food was a constant problem and so were the enormous animals whome wander the lands. Accidents were common, and some of the animals were real monsters, dangerous and aggressive.
With each passing year the early nations evolve their civilization. And with every year their population was rising.
After four hundred years nearly all of the western lands were under the influence of one nation. Cities and Settlements stretched upon the plains and hills, and some on in the heights of the mountains.
Soon their were new problems for these young folks. As they reached the domains of each other they were confronted with the first conflicts with another nation. Early days were constant struggle, an eternal war with nature to survive. And then they were facing real war amongst each other.
So the First Princes decided that play another role, a wiser one. Each time they encountered another folk they tried to reach a diplomatic agreement. Not everyone in their own nation tried to comply, thus they searched for ways to keep their people under control.
There were constant problems and a constant struggle. The people tried to survive and cultivate their land; to build their houses, settlements and cities.
The princes themselves tried to rule their nations with all their wisdom and abilities. Those two intentions rarely collide, but sometimes the struggle of the people damaged the political relations, so the princes often had no other possibilty as to cut down the rights of their people. Eventually each of the princes created an administration, a police, and also services to gather information.
But don't get the wrong idea. Those princes weren't absolut rulers. In each nation there were a bunch of families (so called "houses") and groups of people which at every possible time tried to dispute the powerof the prince. And as time goes by and the civilizations that formed become more and more complex, even guilds formed in the greater cities.
One thing those nations and people created really early. Their organzied religion. For each of the gods there exist one church, here called temple. And there were a hierarchy and people who dedicated their life to these gods and temples. If you will you can compare them with the early religions in the history of mankind, such as the old polytheistic ones of the romans, greeks and the near east in early roman or hellenstiic times.
But there is one great difference. Most of the believes and the people are the same as in our world. But some of the princes and the nobility know that these gods really exist.
Something quite different to our world. Its not just a strong believe. Nothing to compare with all of our religions. They know. I, personaly, think that does influence the societies of my fantasy world the most. Something you know for sure is quite a difference to something you just strongly believe.
At the end of the 9th century in this world, one thing happened for the first time. After all those centuries of nearly peace and a constant and growing bloom of civilization,
war broke out. One of the princes was quite power-hungry, but he wasn't insane or some dictator who believed that a persons life was nothing worth it.
The wisest of all the twelve rulers, Vás Nóm of the Principality of Cuiracan created one of the strongest armies those early centuries had seen. At some later point i will give more detailed information about the military and of the population of the early First Age and its nations, so you can see this with your own eyes. And at some point i'm very interested in a discussion about how realistic/unrealistic you think my thoughts are.
So he then conquered the nation directly to its north, the Principality of Thezir. One nations of really special people. They were quite unique amongst all the Vodir.
That's all for now, hope you enjoy!