Antharë
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Capitol: Starfall (pop: 8,000)
Population: virtually no human population
Demi-humans: 150,000 (99% Grey-Elves, 1% other)
Humanoids: few
Government: Mageocracy
Current Leaders: A 13-member ruling council (the Synfari)
Coat of Arms: a gold Thanatäe tree under a gold shooting star on a white field.
Exports: elvish crafts, elixirs, potions, scrolls
Imports: Grain, livestock, Wine, gold, silver, coal

Antharë is the mysterious realm of the Grey-Elves of Corwyn; located deep within a dense Forest on the Island of Vesarivon.


Antharë is an enclave, a place of quiet reflection, and above all, a sanctuary for the Grey-Elves, away from all other races and the evils of the world. Antharë is also the most mysterious of the elven nations on Corwyn; as it is forbidden for any outsiders to enter upon fear of death. The Vesarivon Forest which surrounds Antharë is the most secluded and inaccessible region on Corwyn.

The Grey-Elves of Antharë are ruled by a 13-member ruling council of the Synfari. The other races of Corwyn know very little of these "Grey-Elves," and most folk have never even seen one. Even the other elvish races feel that Grey-Elves are aloof, arrogant, and secretive. There is some trade along the coasts of Antharë, but practically none overland.

The closest human outpost to this realm is Eryn Kahai; a small independent freehold, located on the western border of the Vesarivon Forest. It is here, that the large town of Qualar is located. This freehold was founded by the Grey-Elves of Antharë and serves a vital function as a buffer between those elves and the other races living nearby. The freehold has a mixed population that is ruled by an autonomous council, but with one caveat. The freehold guards the border to the Grey-Elves sanctuary. Their soldiers, rangers, and scouts patrol the borders of Antharë to ensure that no intruders get into the Vesarivon Forest.

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It is not known if any of the folk of Eryn Kahai have ever ventured within the woodland, but they guard it quite zealously. The freehold maintains a strong force of nearly 1,000 rangers, scouts, and soldiers to protect the sacred lands of Antharë. These troops are made up of Grey-Elves, and Wood-Elves. The freehold’s military forces are augmented by powerful magical items given to them by the Grey-Elves, so they are nearly invincible. As for trade, the freehold sells many elvish crafts along its coastal borders, and freely buys and sells goods with the people of Cyrendar and Serathyr.

Eryn Kahai’s coat of arms consists of a silver Thanatäe tree under a shooting star on a dark green field. The freehold of Eryn Kahai is ruled by a seven-member ruling council of Grey-Elf mages.

HISTORY


Sadly, the nation of Antharë was born out of a terrible tragedy befell the Grey-Elves in the Year 884 of the Third Age. That same year, A powerful earthquake known as the Great Rift tore apart the Grey-Elven nation of Wyntharë; leaving their cities in ruins and most of their folk dead or horribly injured.

The great elvish cities of Wyntharë: Alarë, Selunë and Wyn Falas, were either consumed by the sea or left in utter ruins. This tragedy caused the Grey-Elves of Wyntharë to become bitter and morose. They began to yearn to return to their ancestral home of Eryn Norvë. Over the centuries that followed, nearly all of the Grey-Elves of Wyntharë left the shores of Corwyn and sailed back west; never to return. The Grey-Elves were led across the Wyn Myr by King Ajathar Alessarë; who was a descendant of the Elf-kings of Ectharë, and the only son of Queen Ariel.

Within a few centuries, the entire region known today as Westvale Island was abandoned by the Grey-Elves. These former Elven lands eventually became home to the Iskari, who had sailed across the Wyn Myr from the Continent of Iskandar to escape the "Doom." By the early Fourth Age, the Iskari founded their own kingdom of Cyrendar.

After the departure of King Ajathar; the few remaining Grey-Elves that remained on Corwyn crossed the Iskari Strait and settled on the Isle of Vesarivon. Once there, the Grey-Elves founded the enclave of Antharë.