The Island Nation is in southernmost region of the Glacial Seas off the tip of a peninsula where lay the ruins of the fortress of Srun. At the point in history where this story takes place, Srun is nothing but a ruined keep on the cliffs above a roaring sea. But it stands as a place of defiance for the chieftains of the Islands. It was their last major stand against the Legions and is their resolve as a seafaring people that they secured their own place in the world and remained independent of Grand Protectorate rule.
Kersa: Chieftain Knasgriff
In the far west is Chieftain Knasgriff. One of the few to actually take up arms against the Grand Protectorate, he is the closest to the mainland and has been forced to deal with the forceful takings of people on the outskirts of his island. He is also a dear friend of the mysterious Kealin, the man of the sea, whom plays a large part in book two and three.
Bovika: Chieftain Tvila
To the far east is the shipwrights of Bovika. Their chieftain is Tvila, young in years in comparision to the others, she commissions her people to build the fishing ships and later warships of the books. She is the source of a love interest for one of the characters.
Ukka: Chieftain Ruir
The men of Ukka: Large, tall, and fearsome. Though the smallest in number, their black flag banners of a skull and dripping blood have flown over many decimated battlefields. In a civil war with another Island nation their power was reduced but they are the shock troops of the Island nation. Their chieftain Ruir is boisterous and is as likely to fight as he is to pass out from the drinking of too much mead.
New Srun: Chieftain Colui
Consider New Srun the city of remembrance. A grand hall adorned with relics of the past. An aging Chieftain more likely to nap than fight but not to dishonor him as a warrior, he is simply that old. Colui remembers the fall of Srun, the once grand city that had united the Island Nation. He prefers a stature of peace unless war is absolutely necessary.
Lunis: Chieftain Maerin
If a capital city of the Island Nation was to be chose, Lunis would be it. Having the largest population and the grandest of buildings, it is one of many reasons Chieftain Lunis has been under a careful eye from the other chieftains. Though some doubt his allegiance, he holds the title of Chieftain and in such commands respect from the others of the Island Nation. He also has the manpower to field the largest navy if the need arose.
The Island Nation is one of two unified rebellions against Grand Protectorate rule. Those of Taria, the land where Sviska is sent at the beginning of Winemaker of the North, is the other. I will write a post about Taria soon.