The Theocracy of Cryst
This religious kingdom is located in the northwest of Luxendarc, resting in a icy valley to the east of the Eternian Mountains. Yes, you read that right — in the ancient past, the Eternian Mountains did not extend into the massive ring that we know them as today…that only happened through abuse of the Earth Crystal. In this Age of Myth, the Earth Crystal did not, in fact, exist as of yet, but we’ll get to that at some point.
The capital of Aegird lies in the center of this valley, with smaller cities and villages scattered around it in an expanding ring, going all the way up to the top of the valley. There are a few settlements lying outside of the valley, but not nearly as many as there are inside the valley, which gives respite from the harsh and icy winds that buffet the region often.
Due to its position in the world, Cryst doesn’t deal in trading with the other nations very often, simply due to just how difficult it is for carriages and even skyships to get into the valley. However, Wa (again) has managed to trade semi-frequently with this nation, and as such has acted as a sort of liaison between Cryst and the other nations.
The citizens of Cryst are very serious people, almost militaristic in their application of their religious views. They’ve never seemed to have a desire to push their religion down the throats of any of the other nations, for which the other nations have been grateful. In this sense, this nation’s people carry themselves similarly to how the Wanese carry themselves. (To use an Earthling example, think of the way European royalty acts in comparison to Eastern royalty.)
The Crystal Orthodoxy’s Origins
While the elemental crystals did not exist at this time, it’s important to note that the religion from which the Orthodoxy took its creed and scripture was still very similar, though its primary deities were different. Though it was called ‘Crystalism’ as well — simply because the country was named as such, not because of any crystals being present — this brand of Crystalism focused on balance between the elements. They would make offerings to what they called the four heralds of the elements — Ifreet, Leviathan, Gaia, and Garuda (for Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind respectively) — on a daily basis, and strive, in all things, to be as one with their surroundings.