Sora’s story is told in all my books, but this will serve as a primer. The Merakoran refugees settled Taysor, on the Isle of Tsora… because they were tired of being on the run. Sora is where the Gate opened. The gate drained Galthrest and the other archmagi of their will. Those who survived, retreated far from other people and lived out their days in solitude, and died. The refugees had wanted Galthrest to lead them. Instead, he left them.
This left a broken chain of inherited nobility, many too old or too young or too broken to do a good job. Eventually, a young paladin named Simon Galtro, took up the cause of unity and gave the people what they wanted, a king. Behind him, the gold dragon Oranstakar helped. To give the people focus, he rallied the handful of young paladins who had served as the rearguard of the refugees and they drove the monsters back from the northern coast of the Gulf of Ymac. He ordered and funded the construction of an early temple to Pha Rann on a series of commanding hills, that later took the name of “The Temples.” From that center, Taysor began to spread in all directions. United by language, fatigue, and some paranoia, the real accomplishment of High King Simon was in preventing the rise of strongholds with their own territoriality.
His example fueled the next generation of heroes. To ensure inspiration for ages to come, Simon converted to the worship of Cuthbert when he was on death bed. He donned his armor, gathered a group of Cuthberics together and convinced ancient Galthrest to open a gate one last time. High King Simon marched on the Hells. The stories told of Cuthbert dying somewhere in the middle hells and their dreams of recovering his body are actually about Simon. The Cuthberics know this and are content to let people say what they will in their naive heresy. Before he left, he named his successor. It happened to be his grandson. In this way, the seat of the High King came to skip generations. If the king did not have a grand son old enough to rule, he would select from nephews and cousins’ children. Sometimes, women were selected but this society’s evolution was not gender equal.
As the population grew, different views of Pha Rann evolved and organized around key disciplines noted here. As each became populous and large enough, they built temples around the first temple, which was eventually converted to the Imperial Palace. As the outer sprawl became more populated, the High King appointed Kings and Queens over the territories. This is how the Sage Alaura came to be the Queen of Harkenwood.
The quilt of nations that make up Sora share a common language, currency, and history. They respect the High King, but unless it is naturally in them, they do not pay homage or tribute or, for some, consider themselves Soran at all. The superstitions of Merakor remain strong among the people and by Malcor’s time, a fascination with Merakoran artifacts, relics, and stories has come back in vogue.
Soran’s have western names, like Jason, or Heathcliffe. Except for merchants and adventurers, they are an insular and homogenous society.