The Kingdom of Kovir and Poviss (also known shortly as Kovir and Poviss or only Kovir) is a Northern Kingdom located on the Gulf of Praxeda. It is also the largest exporter of mineral resources in the known world, with huge profits from trade. It is ruled by king Tankred Thyssen of the House of Thyssen and maintained neutrality during the Nilfgaard Wars.
Because it is so mountainous, the region is rich in mines. Kovir and Poviss export glass, salt, iron ore, silver, nickel, lead, tin, zinc, copper, chromium, titanium, tungsten and platinum. Not to mention three quarters of the world's ferroaurum, kryobelitium and dimeritium and 80% of the world's gold.
National emblems Edit
The above coats of arms were inspired by the work of our resident heraldry and Witcher expert, Mboro, based on the description in the official site of Andrzej Sapkowski. There is also a unofficial Czech concept of the Kovir coat of arms.
Kovir and its vasals was once the northern most province of Redania until the reign of Radovid I, known as the Great. The king give this part of land to his brother Trojden with the title of Earl of Kovir with obligation to do "no harm".
For many years, the kingdom was the butt of jokes among its southern neighbours. But those neighboring nations eventually found to their dismay that Kovir was not the backwater they took it to be and had built itself into a nation to be reckoned with by welcoming the many disaffected scholars, soldiers and business men who sought a new and better life to the north.
Redania (reign of Radovid III) and Kaedwen (reign of Benda) tried to invade Kovir with 5,000 soldiers, but due to the financial prosperity of Kovir (at that time ruled by the self-styled king Gedovius Trojdenida), the country was able to buy 25,000 mercenaries capable of fending off their combined forces. It has never been bothered by the Northern Kingdoms since. A so-called First Treaty of Lan Exeter was signed by all three kingdoms (Redania, Kaedwen, Kovir) and gained status of a full kingdom and became a strong and neutral kingdom.
In the time of Secession of Poviss king Baldwin was overthrown and expelled to Talgar. Later his son Esterad Thyssen got the throne back with most of it's territories but the so called East March gained independence and after a few conflicts finally reunited as the Hengfors League. Also Jamurlak (Abrad) and Arc Coast (Audoen) declared themselves independent kingdoms.
When the II. Northern War began, Esterad unofficially helped the Northern Realms providing Dijkstra a loan and created a mercenary unit, the so called Free Company where for example Adam Pangratt, Julia Abatemarco or Lorenzo Molla were. Later he was assasinated on the stairs of his own palace and his only son Tankred took the throne.
- King Esteril Thyssen
- King Baldwin Thyssen
- King Esterad Thyssen
- King Tankred Thyssen
Cities and keeps Edit
- Kovir and Poviss are without a doubt the richest realms in the North. Few today remember that this was not always the case, yet their poverty was once literally on everyone's lips, in the form of now-antiquated common sayings. As recently as the days of Heribert the Quarrelsome, one spoke of a particularly impoverished person as being "poorer than a mouse from Poviss," called bone broth "Koviri delight" and referred to beggars as "praxedes," after the bay along the shores of which these kingdoms lie.
- Similarly, few remember that a mere handful of generations ago Kovir and Poviss were still part of Redania. King Radovid I, known as Radovid the Great, handed dominion over them to his hated brother, Troyden, with one stipulation – that he never leave his newly-acquired demesne and not interfere in matters of state.
- Handing over this rocky scrap of far-northern ground (where, the saying went, the year had two seasons – August and winter) was naturally meant as a cruel joke, a slap in the face for the over-ambition Troyden.
- Yet time soon proved that Radovid the Great had made a grave error. Before long it was discovered that Kovir's bare rocks hid priceless treasure in the form of enormous deposits of precious metals and rock salt. This discovery in turn led to tremendous growth in productive industry. Mills, forges and workshops sprouted up like mushrooms after a hearty rain.
- Radovid III decided to correct his famous forebear's mistake and take back the northern frontiers of his kingdom. He was convinced the combined armies of Redania and its then-ally Kaedwen would quickly bring this ever more audacious vassal in line. History took a different turn, however, and Kovir won a resounding , crushing victory. Radovid III was forced to sign the First Treaty of Lan Exeter, granting Kovir independence while binding it to eternal neutrality – a promise Troyden's successors have kept with great diligence.
- Until recently Kovir was ruled by Esterad Thyssen, a king as wise as he was greedy. Yet his untimely demise did not stop his lands from continuing to develop and blossom. Koviri metallurgists proudly compete with the best Mahakam can offer, and many believe the University of Lan Exeter long ago surpassed the famous Oxenfurt Academy as the leading seat of higher learning in the North. And so it has come to pass that, over the course of a few generations, the inhabitants of Kovir and Poviss have turned from paupers into princes, from beggars into bankers.
- Kovir and Poviss are portrayed rather inaccurately in regards to borders in the map made for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Strangely, the two are portrayed as separate entities, with Talgar and Velhad portrayed as kingdoms in their own right as well.
- After the events of The Witcher 2, it seems Kovir is one of the few countries in the north that doesn't persecute mages