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Sigil: A golden hawk in flight; the Golden Hawk
Banner: A Golden Hawk in flight on a field of blue, fringed by gold when the first is present
Mayene is a city state, surrounded by the Sea of Storms to the south and the Drowned Lands to the North. It is ruled by a leader styled “The First”, for first lord or lady. Originally there was also a second, but that tradition changed and now there are usually many people who act as second, as many as nine at one time on occasion (TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 30). The ruling family claim descent from Artur Hawkwing, through a daughter he sent to lead an expedition to conquer Shara (TwoRJTWoT, Ch. 12).
Though a small land, it does have its own armed forces, Winged Guards who act as the First's personal guard, though will go into battle as needed (LoC, Ch. 54) and their red breastplates and red streamed lances have been seen in many conflicts in which Mayene have taken part (TWoRJTWoT, Ch. 30). Traditionally, their only real enemy is Tear, though as Tear is much larger and more powerful, this rivalry is somewhat one sided. Much of the resentment comes from the fact that Mayne knows how to find oilfish, which is more popular than Tairen Olive oil (TDR, Ch. 32). In the past, this threat led to Halvar, a first, giving away a ter'angreal to the real of the Aelfinn to appease the Tairens. This did not work as he was assasinated shortly after (TSR, Ch. 6). The current leader, Berelain, is for the most part a much wiser ruler and has formed a strong alliance with the Dragon Reborn, even ruling Cairhien on his behalf at one point (LoC, Ch. 17), before going to Ghealdan for him (ACoS, Ch. 27).
Characters from Mayene
Berelain sur Paendrag Paeron
““Even less a country than Murandy is. One city and a few leagues of land. They underprice the oil from our good Tairen olives just because their ships know how to find the oilfish shoals. They’ve no right to be a country at all.” (Huan Mallia, The Dragon Reborn, Chapter 32).