Following the discovery of the Tree of Held and the formation of the Levin Held sect, Heldogort was created and broke off from the main faith preached by the neighboring Magic Kingdom Levianta. With the followers of Held branded heretics, the nation suffered severe repression from the Magic Kingdom. At some point, the nation ended and was recreated as the Kingdom of Elphegort.
Following the death of Raisa Netsuma, the Netsuma Clan spread terror across Evillious, particularly in Elphegort, causing its citizens to heavily persecute the Netsuma, driving them to near extinction. In EC 013, the Levianta Catastrophe destroyed the Magic Kingdom and the citizens witnessed the shadow of a two-headed dragon appear in its red sky. As a result of the catastrophe, famines and pestilence spread wildly throughout Elphegort for a time.
Kingdom of Elphegort
In the late 5th century EC, a king aligned with the Levia sect renamed Held's Forest as the "Millennium Tree Forest". At some point, the nation made an alliance with neighboring Holy Levianta. In EC 500, Elphegort sent aid to help alleviate the Kingdom of Lucifenia's famine in conjunction with the Kingdom of Marlon. Soon after their petitioned aid, Elphegort was invaded by the Kingdom of Lucifenia and suffered the systematic genocide of its green-haired female population.
After the intended target was killed, the Lucifenia-Elphegort War continued, forcing King Thorny Elphen and the Elphegort army north into Merrigod Plateau. With the outbreak of the Lucifenian Revolution, the Elphegort military met and negotiated with resistance leader Minage and assisted in blocking the Lucifenian army from escaping the country. Once the capital of Lucifenian was captured, King Thorny imprisoned all surviving Lucifenian soldiers within Elphegort's borders and later proceeded to the peace talks between those involved in the revolution's success.
Sometime after Marlon occupied and later annexed Lucifenia, the growing imperial power imposed sanctions blocking trade with the Green Country, though allowing its merchants to trade within Marlon. Around the EC 530s, the Millennium Tree perished and was replaced by a new tree; the Elphen populace accepted it as the New Millennium Tree. After some negotiation with the Freezis Foundation, the Evillious nations all agreed to the establishment of the World Police organization in EC 573.
Following the discovery of Maistia in EC 592, Marlon established trade with the foreign continent. On September 6, EC 609, Elphegort issued a joint statement with Marlon and Lucifenia to limit the importing of tobacco from the New World following the death of Marquis Kaspar Blankenheim a week earlier; the government faced opposition from the Freezis Foundation and the aristocracy.
Starting on October 17 of that year, a mysterious epidemic spread throughout Toragay, prompting the World Police to prohibit traffic to and from the city. By November, the 72 survivors from the plague were moved to hospitals in Aceid to receive treatment. The World Police later arrested the fugitive Père Noël members Gatt Coulomb and Julia Abelard in the Calgaround area at the very end of January, EC 611. In the following centuries, as the Elphen family continued to rule the country, the government instituted reforms that diminished their authority and the populace began to call for Elphegort to become a complete republic.
Union State of Evillious
Following the Aishikeru Treaty, Elphegort joined Marlon, Lucifenia and Levianta as part of the Union State of Evillious in EC 878. At some point, a zombie epidemic broke out across Evillious, affecting Elphegort. In January of EC 982, Elphegort was sought out by Asmodean, Levianta and Beelzenia to form an alliance. After Lucifenia called for the USE to invade Beelzenia, Asmodean asked for help from Elphegort on Beelzenia's behalf; as a result, the USE consented to Elphegort's alliances. After Asmodean declared war on Lucifenia, Elphegort ignored Lucifenia's request for help.
After the Leviantan Civil War in EC 983, the extremist group the Tasan Party rapidly gained power in Elphegort due to their exposure of Gallerian Marlon's corruption; Elphegort also developed a judicial system separate from that of the corrupt USE and World Police. In EC 990, the Millennium Tree Forest had become increasingly dangerous and became known as Evil's Forest, where any who entered seeking the treasure left by Gallerian Marlon would never return.
In EC 992, Elphegort annexed Asmodean, renaming it "Tasan-Elphegort". In EC 993, Nemesis Sudou became president of the Tasan Party and subsequently the dictator of Elphegort. She ordered the Elphegort army to invade the Lucifenian Republic; expelled from the USE, Elphegort occupied Lucifenia and immediately forged a military alliance with Beelzenia and Jakoku. Afterwards, the USE army launched a two-pronged siege against Elphegort.
By Nemesis' order, a secret project was launched to develop the nation's newest weapon: Punishment. In EC 999, a prototype for Punishment was created and moved to the Millennium Tree Forest for testing. Once the weapon was fired for the test, the entire Millennium Tree Forest was scorched by the blast. A second test for the weapon was aimed at Maistia, but misfired and destroyed Onigashima instead. Soon after, the USE army liberated Lucifenia and the Elphegort army was forced to retreat.
After Nemesis fired countless Punishments across the Evillious region, the nation of Elphegort was completely decimated by the weapon. Following the end of the Third Period and its subsequent merging with the Hellish Yard, Sleep Princess came to the destruction site of Toragay and created a new variant of Gift before unleashing it into the air across Elphegort and neighboring nations. The mad mage was soon after sealed away with her poison in the Clockworker's Doll by Hänsel in the form of Lemy Abelard.
Government and Politics
Power StructureThe Kingdom of Elphegort's government was ruled by a single absolute monarch who held a majority of the power within the government. Below the monarch were the multiple ministers who helped advise and manage the nation's economy and domestic or foreign affairs, led by the prime minister, who presided over the cabinet of ministers and acted as the monarch's official advisor.
Below the ministers were the dukes, powerful lords who managed the militaries and economies of their individual province. Below the dukes were the marquis and the earls, aristocrats charged with ruling the monarch's or duke's territories in his or her stead. From the earls, each individual village chief would organize and maintain the town.
Each position within the government was subject to a hereditary line-of-succession with the firstborn male usually inheriting the position and title; however, early on, women were allowed to be a part of government affairs and were able to be in positions of power as high as the office of Prime Minister. Over time, Elphegort's royal family lost political power and the government became increasingly like a republic in nature. After the Tasan Party took control of the nation, Elphegort functioned as a dictatorship with absolute power given to the dictator to control its government and military.
Elphegort's military was tenacious and obstinate; although weaker than the offensive and powerful Lucifenian army, their military commanders were charismatic and allowed even small fractions of the army to remain resilient. Standard Elphegortean footsoldiers were taught to typically wield swords in combat. Following the invention of hand-held firearms such as the revolver, the Elphegortean army was equipped with the new armaments.
Before the war with the Kingdom of Lucifenia in EC 500, the army was only used for self-defense and was not prepared for sudden surprise attacks. After the Lucifenia-Elphegort War had ended, the military was left in shambles. By the late EC 900s, Elphegort's military had recovered enough to successfully invade and capture Lucifenia, although was still weaker than the full force of the USE army. The nation, however, was given an advantage by developing a powerful weapon capable of leveling enemy forces: Punishment.
EconomyAfter its formation, the Kingdom of Elphegort adopted the feudal system, with peasants of an earl's territory required to farm the fields for the nation's agriculture. In exchange, it is assumed the peasants were given a moderate fee or permitted to live on the land they worked and take a small portion of the harvest. Among its primary crops were the trauben fruit found on the west of coast of the Lake of Amusement, used in winemaking.
Coinciding with its agricultural aspects, the kingdom's economy was open to trade, allowing merchants to settle and run businesses within the kingdom; it also kept an entire district in its capital reserved for trade with the Kingdom of Lucifenia. With enough endowments paid to the state, the government could bestow titles of nobility to the richer merchants in the kingdom, granting them prestige and influence that could help grow their business and help stimulate the nation's wealth and growth. Among its domestic products included Yatski L'Opera wine, trauben jam, and other products made from trauben fruit.The government also subsidized talented individuals for promoting the arts, such as singing and literature. After the discovery of Maistia, Elphegort became a major importer of goods from the continent, especially its tobacco. It later limited its tobacco imports following the death of Marquis Kaspar Blankenheim. The kingdom maintained minted gold coins as their currency to back the nation's economic wealth, printed with a nursery tree motif in tribute to the Millennium Tree. The nation later adopted Evillious' regional currency, the Ev.
Society and CultureThe people of Elphegort were a hardy and independent people, likely due to the discrimination faced throughout their history. Although both the Elphe and the Netsuma races were indigenous to the country, the Netsuma race was severely persecuted for much of its history.
As a result, Elphes acted racially intolerant to foreigners, often looking down upon those without the characteristic green hair, pale skin, and green eyes shared by their people, earning them the nickname as the "Green Country". Despite this, many foreigners chose to flee to Elphegort for sanctuary and several even managed be successful in spite of racial differences.
As part of their culture, Elphegorteans typically did not adopt a unique surname to coincide with their first name, save for the members of the aristocracy and royal family who possessed a noble family name. For entertainment, the aristocracy primarily enjoyed reading literature or poetry, though some literate commoners also enjoyed the pastime. Regardless, both social classes enjoyed opera and attended the events. The culture also emphasized literature and the arts and was protective of them and the talented individuals that promoted them.
During its days as Heldogort, Levin became the primary religion with the Held sect growing into a major cult faction. Eventually, following the persecution inflicted by Levianta, the nation was refounded as the Kingdom of Elphegort and the Held sect was able to grow with the Magic Kingdom's destruction. Despite this, Elphegort was intolerant of the Behemo sect due to its association with demon worship.
Over time, technological mastery over the land led to religious decline and active followers of the Held sect began to dwindle in the kingdom. Regardless, members of the population still affectionately accepted the new Millennium Tree after the death of Held, referring it as such despite the tree not being a thousand years old. With the decline of religious faith, persecution of foreigners related to Sateriasis Venomania also dwindled, although heavy prejudice still existed in some concentrated areas during the early 6th century EC.
Due to the invention of the printing press and newspaper, media reporters spread news quickly to readers across the nation and kept them updated on important political or societal affairs within the country as well as abroad.
Geography and Climate
Elphegort was a mid-western region of Evillious, located directly above Lucifenia, below Levianta, and west of Asmodean. The area was filled with rocky ridges and characterized by the Millennium Tree Forest to the south, stretching across its entire border with Lucifenia. The wood contained its famous Millennium Tree, the largest tree in the entire forest, accounting for a quarter of Elphegort's territory. As a result, the forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from invasion.
The state also contains a large lake in the northern area of the forest and along its north-eastern border lies Merrigod Plateau, the largest known highlands in Evillious. Also along its northern border are several ruins. While not native to the region, black rollam birds sometimes strayed into the country.
Main Article: Aceid
The capital city of Elphegort. It was located north of the Millennium Tree Forest and west of Yatski. The city was divided into five districts, all connected by its Central District. The Southern District was the trade hub with Lucifenia, while the Northern and Western districts were residential areas for nobles and the Eastern District had residentials for the poor. Its most prominent locations included the Freezis Mansion and the Elphegortean Royal Palace in the Northern District.
Millennium Tree Forest
Main Article: Millennium Tree Forest
The portion of Held's Forest within Elphegort's borders. Lying along the border between Lucifenia and Elphegort's capitals, the woods functioned as a deterent from invasion between the two nations. It was also a pilgrim site for Levin followers of the Held sect. It was partially burned during the Lucifenia-Elphegort War. It was later dubbed Evil's Forest after rumors spread of its visitors disappearing in search of Gallerian Marlon's small theater.
Main Article: Yatski
A farming village in Elphegort. It was located south of Aceid and north of the Millennium Tree Forest. The village was governed directly by the local chief and indirectly by the Earls of the Felix Family and later the Marquises of the Blankenheim Family following the Lucifenia-Elphegort War. It was a major wine producer in Elphegort. A narrow cliff path to the north led to the Aceid.
Main Article: Toragay
A city in Elphegort. It was located north of Aceid. The city was originally governed by the Earls of the Felix Family and later the Marquises of the Blankenheim Family following the Lucifenia-Elphegort War. The population was largely decimated in the Toragay Epidemic; efforts to rebuild were made in the following years.
Main Article: Calgaround
A city in Elphegort built upon Merrigod Plateau. It was located north of Toragay. The city was originally governed by the Earls of the Calgaround Family and later It was originally part of the Magic Kingdom Levianta before becoming part of the Kingdom of Elphegort. Most of the town's buildings were painted red in reverence to Meta Salmhofer.
Main Article: Merrigod Plateau
A large highland situated in the northeast of Elphegort. The city of Calgaround and a military fort was built upon it. During the Lucifenia-Elphegort War, the fortress was the headquarters of the Elphegort king and army. In EC 611, a major battle took place between Elluka and Irina Clockworker.
Nemu[note 4] was a region in Elphegort near its northern borders with Levianta. It was located northwest of Aceid and west of Calgaround. Existing as a village during the times of the Magic Kingdom, it was at some point abandoned and travel through the territory was prohibited. It was also noted as having the strongest magical atmosphere in Evillious.
The Brovals Highway[note 5] was a major highway in Elphegort. It spanned across the entire nation, passing through Aceid, Toragay, and Calgaround. The highway had several checkpoints and acted as a major trade route and travel lane. Several of its checkpoints were blocked to contain the threat during the Toragay Mysterious Epidemic Disturbance.
Kihel Checkpoint[note 6] was one of several checkpoints along the Brovals highway. It was located between Toragay and Calgaround. The checkpoint was blocked by the World Police to contain the threat during the Toragay Epidemic.
Conceptualization and Origin
- Elphegort is inspired by the real world country of Germany; its history mirrors that of both medieval and modern Germany.
- Its name is a reference to Belphegor, the patron demon of Sloth.
- When creating the Third Period, Sickle modeled the Elphe race after Held's green-haired appearance from the Second Period.