Within the Shieldlands the Merchant Princes value wealth above all, but even here you will find the other races have little foothold in the upper echelons of power.
Look & Feel
The feudal system of the kingdom brings a heraldic look and feel to characters from this region. The Theocracy in a much hotter land, and as such has more Persian style robes and dress, whereas the Shield Lands have a mix of traditional and flamboyant styling. The Northlanders live in harsh conditions, and generally dress in padding and furs, commonly with war-paint and lighter armor than the knights of the southern lands.
Theocracy – Parthian Empire, Silk Road cities particularly Samarkand, Byzantine & Bedouin influences.
Shieldlands – Classic Greek & Roman, Merchant Kings by Stephen R Bown.
Northlands – Fjordmen, Viking Raiders, Mountain People in Middle Earth.