When Choral the Conqueror began his bloody conquest in 4499,certain families of the Aldori swordlords fled south into the River Kingdoms and watched their homeland burn. They thought they were in the vanguard of their people. Instead, they were first in
flight, as many of their compatriots remained behind to fight the invaders. Though 200 years have passed, the Aldori of Mivonstill worry at the memory of their ignominious retreat, and ratherthan admit the cowardice of their ancestors, have turned the existence of Brevoy itself into an insult to their honor. “Coward” and “Brevoy bird” have become among the gravest insults one can bestow on the Mivoni Aldori, and those who lived here before the exodus have picked it up as well.
The Aldori exiles have brought their love of dueling to Mivon, and here they have formalized its status: the basis of Mivon’s current society is the List of Suitors, a monthly
publication that lists the results of the previous month’s duels. Fortunes rise and fall on the basis of a duel, governmental positions are won or lost, and scores are settled with a quick thrust or lunge.
Additionally, the central square of Mivon hosts the Sevier, a weekly gathering for swordsmen and swordswomen who wish to prove themselves in public.