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Meritocracy of Jelheg
Source: Druma, Profit and Prophecy, pg(s). 9

Jelheg, formally the Meritocracy of Jelheg, was a short-lived Kellid ethnostate that existed in what is now southern Druma.1


In 2133 AR, after the conquest of Isger by Taldor, many Isgeri warriors moved to Druma and found sympathy with fellow Kellids who also lived under the yoke of another empire. In 2135 AR, stoked by the Isgeri, the southern half of Druma seceded from the dwarven kingdoms of Saggorak and Taggoret, repelled the dwarves' initial retaliation, and declared the independence of the Meritocracy of Jelheg, named after the Isgeri warrior who became the country's first general.1

The young state, under a shared Kellid heritage, established a capable corps of warriors, engineers, politicians, and visionaries. However, despite its wealth and defensibility, Jelheg refused diplomatic relations with Taldor and the dwarves alike, while the loyalist Drumans were reluctant to trade with it. In addition, its meritocratic government was unregulated and quickly fell victim to favoritism and resentment.1

In 2142 AR, a truce during the Five Kings Wars allowed Taggoret to focus on Jelheg and defeat its armies at the Battle of Scattered Ash, putting an end to the short-lived nation. The name Jelheg has since become code for a controversial Kellid ethnostate.1


Mercenary League

In the aftermath of Jelheg's fall, many of its former soldiers became bodyguards to Kalistocrats, who saw them as ideal security. This eventually led to the foundation of the Mercenary League.12

New Jelheg

The town of New Jelheg takes its name from the ancient nation, and its people view Drumish history as a rallying cry against the Kalistocracy's gloved fist.3


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 John Compton and Thurston Hillman. (2019). Druma, Profit and Prophecy, p. 9. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-141-2
  2. John Compton and Thurston Hillman. (2019). Druma, Profit and Prophecy, p. 18. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-141-2
  3. John Compton and Thurston Hillman. (2019). Druma, Profit and Prophecy, p. 52. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-141-2