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Niormen [ni ɔr ˈmɛn] is a region of Xurno comprising the Idéis river valley. It is divided into two provinces:

  • Niormen, whose capital is the major city of Jinayzu at the mouth of the river; other cities include Nioruni and Eykimeša
  • Rau Niormen ('upper Niormen'), whose capital is Brundau; other cities include Yaujinan and Bayl.

The hilly northwest of the river valley, Bukanel, has historically been part of the Barbarian Plain and is not considered part of Niormen.

Etymology: Wede:i Na:iworman 'greater Na:iwor', Ax. Nayormen, X. Niormen, Ver. Nyormén.

Ancient times

For its early history see Jei, which is the Wede:i name of the Idéis and by extension of the Wede:i nations which organized along the coast after the Ezičimi conquest of the Xengi. Na:iworman was originally a term for the sparsely populated interior, past the city of Na:iwor (present-day Nioruni).

It was conquered by Timai, emperor of Axunai, in the late 800s, and for centuries was a sleepy Axunemi province. As it was the most recently Axunized region, its language was a form of Axunašin.

The Age of Petty Kings

The nomadic Bucair invaded around 1600, and for about a century had their own kingdom of Idéis with its capital at Yaujinan. In the 1720s the city of Jeinizun (Jinayzu) expelled the barbarians and conquered lower Niormen. Rajjay conquered Yaujinan in the 1700s, but this area broke away on its own the next century.

Two of the Hermit Masters lived in Niormen, Bukameša and Eynu. In 1903 the king of Niormen, Suswensu VI, had Bukameša beheaded, making him one of the xaučipeje 'loyal to death', the Endajué martyrs. A year later hundreds of his followers gathered in remembrance, weeping, meditating, and cutting themselves to honor his method of execution-- all this under the watchful eyes of Suswensu's guards, unwilling to attack these miserable disciples. The spectacle was repeated every year, with greater and greater numbers-- the first of the pucigeseš, emotional commemorations of the Martyrs which have continued to this day. As occasions of mass fervor and resistance to tyranny, they have often proved to be explosive politically, leading to riots, massacres, or revolutions.

The Gurdagor began to extend their empire in Jeor to Niormen in the 2430s. The Sainor were invading the Xengi at the same time, and it was widely felt that the Gurdagor were a worse scourge than the barbarians; they destroyed native institutions and systematically looted countryside and city. The Gelyet pushed them out in the 2470s and completed whatever depradations the Gurdagor had neglected.

Modern times

The Xurnese emperor Miudis reconquered Niormen in the 2580s, and encouraged resettlement. Nioruni and Bayl had to be rebuilt from the ground up.

In the Revaudo civil war, starting in 2984, Niormen sided with the emperor, though Jinayzu was held for some time by the revolutionaries. Lower Niormen was conquered in the war, but the first phase of the revolution ended in 3017 with Xurno divided. Dzunye Xurno (royalist Xurno) consisted of upper Niormen, Bukanel, and Čiqay province, ruled by an heir of the Matora imperial family. All of these were conquered by the revolutionaries in the second phase of the civil war (3087-97), except for Bukanel which was left to the Seia. The division into upper and lower Niormen dates to the revolution.

The local dialect is Idestri. This is also the name of a style of brush painting, though the connection is remote-- the founders were from Curau but lived in Brundau for a few years and claimed that this was a traditional Bucair style-- very unlikely as the only Bucair arts we know of are pottery, gold crafting, and leather tooling.

Provinces of Xurno
Xazno - Bolon - Bozan

Bukanel - Rau Niormen - Rajjay - Šuzep - Rau Xengi
Jeor - Niormen - Šiyku - Tanel - Gotanel - Idzinar - Nior