dragon age: nations [6/?] RIVAIN
Rivain is a human nation unlike any other in Thedas, where the culture of the Qun butts up against tribal beliefs and the Chantry competes for influence. The country is bordered almost entirely by water, save for a land bridge to the northwest connecting it to Antiva. “The Chant of Light never truly reached the ears of these people”, Chantry scholar Ferdinand Genitivi once wrote of Rivain. “Resistance to the Chant goes deeper than the Qunari Wars. The Rivaini refuse to be parted from their seers, wise women who are in fact hedge mages, communicating with spirits and actually allowing themselves to become possessed.”. The Rivaini people trace their roots to pantheist ancestors, and many in Rivain still believe that their god and the universe are one in the same. Traditionally, the Rivaini are a matriarchal society, and much of the nation still subscribes to the belief that women are best suited to rule.