Kandor is one of the four Borderland nations which lie on the threshold of the Great Blight, sitting between Saldaea to the west and Arafel to the east. The sign of Kandor is a rearing red horse on a field of pale green.
The nation of Kandor was formed early in the War of the Hundred Years. The governors of Hawkwing's five northern provinces met and agreed to form stable nations to preserve the peace and defend against the Blight. Jarel Soukovni was the first King of Kandor.
Kandor has a long history of participating in the trade of furs, and fox skins from Kandor are highly prized.
Kandori surnames often have a Slavic-inspired tone to them, often ending in the endings -vna and -vni. Some names are East Asian-inspired, such as Noramaga and Shukosa, a trait common across the Borderlands, but particularly in Shienar.
Certain indications imply that a child with parents of different nationality take on the nationality of their mother.
Kandor is the home of a powerful merchants' guild, and many affluent merchants have their origins there. Master merchants wear three silver chains across their chest.
The government body of Kandor is a monarchy, with the seat of power called the Throne of the Clouds. The throne is currently held by Queen Ethenielle. The throne is located in the Aesdaishar Palace in the capital, Chachin.
Kandor may have either a king or queen. The spouse of a Kandori ruler is a consort, called the Prince or Princess Consort. They are not an equal co-ruler, and have considerable if specifically limited and set authority. The wife of the king rules while her husband is on campaign, while the husband of the queen leads her armies into battle.
The advisory council known as the Crown Council or the Council of Twelve is always an even number and traditionally, though not legally, balanced between men and women. By law, half of the council has to be commoners, usually being representatives of various guild. The council truly is advisory; the ruler has no obligation to do what it wants, but it could make considerable trouble for a ruler who wants to go too far astray.
In Kandor, women ask men to marry, not vice versa.
Kandori are considered the touchies of the Borderlanders. Duels in Kandor could have oddly specific terms and conditions. Mass duels are not unknown, wherein the last man standing is considered the victor.
Kandor has a considerable mining industry in gemstones other than diamonds, including most notably sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. The city of Canluum, close to the Blight, was a rich source of gems, and home to some of the best clockmakers in the Westlands. Timber, furs, and finished wooden products are major exports.
- The Wheel of Time Companion, Kandor.
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