Cyrendar
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Capitol: Wyn Falas (population: 58,000)
Population: 4,243,000 (75% Iskari, 20% Cynarans, 4% Ralani, 1% other)
Demi-humans: 184,000 (44% dwarves, 36% elves, 15% halflings, 5% gnomes)
Humanoids: goblins, ogres, giants
Government: Monarchy (currently ruled by the Brevald Dynasty)
Current Leader: King Iskhanar Brevald II
Coat of Arms: a Silver Dragon on a bright red field
Exports: grain, gold, gems, silver, ships, whale oil, pearls


The jewel of the Westvale is its reputation, and its motto is "Always Forward, Never Back". This enormous island-realm is rich with fertile lands, deep mines filled with gold and gems, and large cities where all manner of goods can be acquired. Culturally, the Cyrendari people have little in common with other Corwyn folk, for they are separated by great distances, and hear little of the ‘east;’ as the Iskari folk call all lands on the eastern side of the Iron Sea.

The kingdom of Cyrendar is a land of gigantic rolling prairies, gentle hills, and small pastoral farming villages. Only along the coast of the Wyn Myr are found great cities, and noble wealth. Cyrendar’s climate varies tremendously because of its huge size. In the northern region, the realm is cold most of the year. In the Midlands region near the Thistlewood, the realm is temperate. Whereas further south, in the Plains of Mehia, it is quite warm most of the year.

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The geography of Cyrendar varies also. In the northern regions of the kingdom it is quite hilly, dominated by the huge Crystalpeak Mountains, and tall cliffs overlooking the sea. In the central and southern regions, the realm consists of rolling grasslands, prairies and vast plains, with much fertile farmland and many small forests. Cyrendar is essentially an island kingdom, surrounded on all sides by water. Its northern border is the coast of the Sea of Vaas, its southern border with Antharë is the narrow Iskari Strait. Its western borders are the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches of the Wyn Myr Coast, and its eastern border is the coast of the Iron Sea, which separates Cyrendar from the Kingdom of Elyria to the east.

Politically, Cyrendar is divided into 33 duchies; ARGONNE, ASHBOURNE, BARSTOW, BREELOW, CALTHORP, CYNARA, DALHURST, DEROSHAR, ELAZON, EXETER, GHASTON, GLENDALE, HANOVER, HARAKON, HENNARA, ISKARA, KELFORD, KINGSFORD, KRAYFIELD, LHOREST, MORRELL, NORAGARD, OTHROLIS, RANDIVIK, RAVENSCAR, RINALA, RHOYDEN, SILVERDEEP, STORMCHAPEL, STRATHMORE, VARIA, and WESTOVER. These 33 powerful duchies are further sub-divided into 225 different baronies.

Cyrendar's culture, power, and wealth is in its large metropolitan centers. The kingdom boasts eight different large cities; Wyn Falas, Natharos, Cyrenica, Herath, Tharnia, Eryth, Krylnath, and Scaramon. Militarily, Cyrendar is quite powerful. The kingdom has a standing army of 25,000 troops, but can raise that number to over 125,000 in time of war, based on its many noble contingents. The kingdom also has a powerful navy with bases in many seaports; dominating both the Wyn Myr and the Iron Sea.

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Life & Society


Life in Cyrendar is simple and quiet, with most folk engaged in either mining or agriculture. For the common folk, the only real contact with people of other realms is made through merchant caravans or traveling troupes of Korghani (gypsies). The exception is along the coasts and large cities, where there is a much more cosmopolitan air. The monarchy in Wyn Falas is benevolent and kind and the people are not overly taxed. There is little trouble, other than occasional raids by marauding bands of goblins, giants, and ogres that dwell in the secluded hills in the northern reaches of the kingdom. Because the kingdom is so large, local barons have much more authority than they do in other western kingdoms, and for most folk, the Onyx Throne in Wyn Falas is only a distant thought.

It is here that men and elves truly live together, unlike anywhere else, for Cyrendar is a human realm inherited from the ashes of the Elf-realm of Wyntharë that faded long ago. There are few great castles because no elves needed them, and although elves today are few in number, they are still common enough that humans treat them almost casually. Once long ago, the region was made up of several great factions that slaughtered each other, but those ancient hostilities are so distant that they now exist only in songs and fireside tales. Most people found here are of Iskari descent, but there are strong Cynaran, Vaas and Ralani minorities in the far northern and eastern regions of the country.

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GEOGRAPHY


Azure Forest: large woodland region in far northern Cyrendar, west of the city of Tharnia. Smallest of the five great forests of Cyrendar, this forest is quite spectacular because of its many trees with bluish-green leaves, which in certain sunlight give off a blue sheen, thus the name. The Coast Road runs through these woods on its route between the cities of Tharnia and Krylnath.

Crystalpeak Mountains: A huge mountain range in northern Cyrendar. The 'Crystalpeaks,' as they are informally known, are the least hospitable and least populated region of the Kingdom.

Cyren Forest: one of five great forests in the realm of Cyrendar, named for the Cyrenäe family that united these lands thousands of years ago. The forest is located north of the city of Wyn Falas, and stretches west to the Wyn Myr Coast. This was the first woodland to be explored by the Iskari kings of Cyrendar, and is heavily populated by human settlements today.

Forbidden Forest: small woodland region in the northeast corner of the island of Cynara. The forest is most dangerous because of magical creatures known as basilisks that reside there and turn hapless travelers to stone. The forest stretches to the coast of the Sea of Vaas, where the Veiled Society fortress of Erôn-Khorlöth is located. The forest is nicknamed the ‘Petrified Forest’ because of the hundreds of stone statues of the hapless victims of the creatures that roam the forest.

Ivy Hills: forested hilly area in northern Cyrendar, near the Thistlewood. The Coast Road runs through these hills on its route between the cities of Krylnath and Tharnia. At the western edge of these hills is a marshy region known as Thar’s Glade. The city of Tharnia lies in a small valley in the western edge of these hills.

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Russet Hills: large hilly region of Cyrendar, near the Wyn Myr coast, and south of the city of Wyn Falas. The hills are largely reddish clay, which gave them the name russet. The Hills are gently sloped and rolling, and many farmers have planted crops in the broad valleys between them.

Tall Forest: one of the five great forest of Cyrendar, and a large wooded region east of the city of Wyn Falas, that stretches south to the banks of the Alyhar River. The Kingsway runs through these woods on its route between the cities of Wyn Falas and Natharos.

Thar’s Glade: swampy marshland region north of the Thistlewood in northern Cyrendar. The Coast Road runs through this treacherous region on its route between the cities of Tharnia and Krylnath. On the eastern edge of these marshlands are the Ivy Hills, and on the western edge of the marshlands is the Azure Forest.

Thistlewood: largest of the five forest regions in the kingdom of Cyrendar. The Thistlewood is the largest wooded region in the realm of Cyrendar, and is a dark and mysterious place, where few men dwell except for rangers and druids. Deep inside the wood are rumored to be many ancient elvish ruins from the realm of Ectharë, but they are now covered with the overgrowth of nearly 3,000 years. The woods are named for the many thorn bushes and sharp undergrowth found there. Traveling through these woods can be quite difficult and treacherous. Deep within this forest is Tall Tree Keep.

Vastwood: one of five great forests of the realm of Cyrendar. The forest is located along both sides of the Varian River in southern Cyrendar. The forest is very tall because of its age, and is said to be inhabited by mystical creatures. The woods are traveled by few men other than elves, rangers, and druids.

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IMPORTANT SITES


Castle Arden: large fortress located in the kingdom of Cyrendar, guarding the the crossing of the Kingsway over the River Celenë.

Castle Redmond: large fortress located in the northern region of the kingdom of Cyrendar, built by the Cynarans.

Coast Road: road that runs through northern Cyrendar, between Tharnia and Krylnath.

Colfax Keep: small keep in southern Cyrendar, near the city of Herath.

Cyrenica: (population: 41,000) third largest city in Cyrendar and former capitol city of the island kingdom of Cynara. Currently governed by Duke Algrim Pentathar.

Erôn-Khorlöth: ‘Castle of the Sea Winds’ (Svt) ancient castle on the northeast coast of the Island of Cynara, currently occupied by the mysterious Veiled Society.

Erôn-Wyntharë: ‘castle of western home.’ (Svt) ancient elvish citadel overlooking the city of Wyn Falas that serves as the royla citadle of Cyrendar. Within the castle is the Onyx Throne.

Eryth: (population: 33,000) sixth largest city in the kingdom of Cyrendar. This city is located at the junction of the Varian and Celenë Rivers, and benefits greatly from river traffic and sea trade. Eryth is currently governed by Duke Urnst Kessel.

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Herath: (population: 37,000) fourth largest city in the kingdom of Cyrendar. This city is a large seaport located on the Wyn Myr coast south of Wyn Falas. The city of Herath is accessible via the Hennara Road which connects it to the thriving seaport of Natharos. Herath is currently governed by Duke Izrin Coradan.

Island of Cynara: This island was once an independent kingdom, but is now an integral part of Cyrendar. The city of Cyrenica and the fortress of Erôn-Khorlöth are located on this island.

Kingsway: important roadway that runs east across the country from Wyn Falas to Natharos.

Krylnath: (population: 25,000) seventh largest city in the kingdom of Cyrendar, and the smallest of the major Cyrendari seaports. Krylnath is currently governed by Duke Exley Myrren.

Natharos: (population: 54,000) large thriving seaport and second largest city in Cyrendar, located on the Iron Sea coast. Natharos is governed by Duke Brocar Vallë.

Onyx Throne: Royal seat of Cyrendar, located within the fortress of Erôn-Wyntharë.

Scaramon: (population: 18,000) small coastal city on the Wyn Myr, and eighth largest city in Cyrendar. Scaramon is governed by Duchess Brianna Olavarë.

Tall Tree Keep: located in the Thistlewood, this small fortress is served by many rangers and druids who guard the forest and its creatures. It is also home to Telghar Harrow and the Grey Watchers.

Tharnia: (population: 36,000) fifth largest city in the kingdom of Cyrendar, located in the Ivy Hills region of the country, currently governed by Duke Imrahil Belsey.

Wyn Falas: ‘Western Landing’ (Svt) (population: 58,000) capitol and largest city of Cyrendar. The first and oldest city on Corwyn, Wyn Falas was originally built by the Silvar-Elves, but has been populated and controlled by humans for many centuries. The capital city is governed by Duke Ilgethar Robard.

LOCAL HISTORY


Cyrendar is an ancient kingdom with a long history stretching back to the late Third Age, when the Elves of Wyntharë abandoned their city of Wyn Falas and left for Eryn Norvë. Soon thereafter, the continent of Corwyn was first discovered by Ilvanos the Explorer.

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Discovery of Corwyn


The history of Cyrendar first began in the Third Age, on the continent of Iskandar. An Iskari noble and explorer named Ilvanos the Explorer sailed east across the Wyn Myr on an expedition of discovery. He landed on the western Shores of Corwyn in the year 1085/3. Once there, Ilvanos met and befriended a mysterious wizard named Arcelor. Arcelor showed Ilvanos the abandoned Elvish city of Wyn Falas and the fertile green lands surrounding the empty city. Ilvanos learned from Arcelor the story of the ancient elves of Wyntharë, and how they had sailed off Corwyn to the continent of Eryn Norvë, never to return. At this same time, Arcelor also told Ilvanos the prophecy of the Doom of Iskandar; a warning that the Iskari Empire on Iskandar would not survive much longer. To Ilvanos, these two extraordinary events had to be linked somehow, and he came to believe the prophecy without any doubt. The two friends sailed back to Iskandar together, to warn Ilvanos' people and prepare their escape.

The Doom of Iskandar


When Ilvanos returned to Iskandar in 1099/3 and told others of Arcelor’s prophecy, many did not believe him. Nevertheless, Ilvanos and his son, Ilnavel began building a great fleet of ships to sail to Corwyn. In the year 1132/3, Ilvanos grew ill and died, but his son continued his work; more determined than ever. In the year 1137/3 Ilnavel and 40,000 loyal followers left Iskandar forever. Legends say, that from the deck of his ship, Ilnavel watched the meteor strike the continent of Iskandar; a cataclysmic event that came to be known as Skyfall. He turned to his crew and said "We can never return." Skyfall devastated the entire continent and most of the Iskari people perished. But the survivors, after a long and terrible sea voyage, landed on Corwyn in the year 1137/3. They were determined to make a new beginning. Ilnavel rallied his followers; saying “Always forward, never back.’

A New Home


After Ilnavel and his followers landed on Corwyn, they quickly asserted themselves, carving out large territories for the Iskari people. The island realm of Cynara was quickly subdued and became part of the fledgling Iskari nation. Within thirty years, Ilnavel had secured control of the entire island known as the Westvale. The humans of the Iskari race soon colonized the region for themselves, copying its elvish customs, architecture, and even some speech. His realm stretched from the Wyn Myr to the Iron Sea, from the Crystalpeak Mountains to the Iskari Strait.

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Forging a New Kingdom


The Fledgling Iskari colonists soon faced deadly challenges. By the year 1175/3, Ilnavel had become quite famous, and was widely respected as the anointed leader of all Iskari peoples on Corwyn. That year Ilnavel was approached by the mysterious and all-powerful Saar to assist in the coming fight against Alokkair; the first Enemy of the West. Even though Alokkair was no direct threat to his own people, Ilnavel wisely agreed to fight. For his courage and leadership, the Council of Sorcerë granted Ilnavel FOEHAMMER; one of the seven Melanthir swords as an heirloom of the Iskari people. He then sailed far to the east, along with 5,000 of his bravest warriors. Ilnavel wielded that Melanthir sword against Alokkair's forces and became a great champion of the West in the bloody War of the Melanthir. Ilnavel and his Iskari warriors played a key role in the final defeat and capture of Alokkair at the Battle of Thürdrum. Soon after the defeat of Alokkair, Ilnavel returned to Wyn Falas. He built a great castle there and was soon anointed as the First monarch of Cyrendar in the year 19 of the Fourth Age.

A Kingdom Divided


After the defeat of Alokkair, Cyrendar remained at peace for many long years. Because the country was not situated along any hostile borders and the dangers of the East always seemed very far away, Cyrendari folk had little worry of invasion, other than sporadic pirate raids. The kingdom soon fell into a state of complicity. But Alokkair had not forgotten his foe Ilnavel, nor the fact that the Iskari had helped defeat him. He had escaped his captivity and began plotting against Cyrendar.

In the tenth century of the Fourth Age, Alokkair’s agents began to sow dissension and mistrust among the nobility of the great kingdom, and their attempts were largely successful. In 1068/4, King Ilcanar Cyrenäe II was poisoned by Alokkair’s agents and died without an heir, tragically ending the 1,049-year Cyrenäe Dynasty. At this same time, the Cyrenäe family Melanthir was also stolen. Ilcanar’s death caused the tense noble rivalry to explode into a bloody civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, and lasted twenty years. It was said that the Iskari would be at war with each other until one true warrior could find and wield FOEHAMMER, the Melanthir sword of the Iskari people, and unite them once more.

In 1087/4, a powerful noble named Ikharos Ketharë found the lost Melanthir of the House of Cyrenäe and claimed it for himself. He then fought a series of campaign to defeat all his noble rivals and claimed the Onyx Throne of Cyrendar for himself. From then, Cyrendar went through another long period of peace and prosperity.

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Member of the Ravinian Empire


In 310/5, Cyrendar formally joined the growing Ravinian Empire, and its prosperity grew throughout the Fifth Age. Sea trade and treasures coming from Dwarf and Elf lands soon made Cyrendar wealthy and powerful, and her own ships began sailing west to Greymeet and south to the continent of Avokhar, returning with untold exotic treasures from these far away lands. During the War of the Cataclysm, Cyrendar fought bravely with the Ravinian Empire. Her army fought bravely at the Battle of Harkalad in 625/5, and King Inzaril Ketharë III and all four of his sons were slain in that battle. The kingdom was ruled by the Ketharë Dynasty for 835 years, and those times are remembered fondly.

Under the Esfarë Dynasty


After the end of the devastating War of the Cataclysm, turbulent times came to Cyrendar. The Ketharë Dynasty was succeeded by King Irithar Esfarë, whose family ruled the kingdom for another 397 years. The Esfarë Dynasty was neither especially popular or just. Many of the kings and queens of this family were prone to superstition and fantasy, and many had unusually arrogant notions of their own lineage and importance. The Esfarë Dynasty finally ended when King Irovar II abdicated the Onyx Throne and sailed off Corwyn back to Iskandar, never to be seen again. He was succeeded by King Iscar Navarrë, whose dynasty ruled Cyrendar uneventfully, until the Battle of Krell in 674/6.

The Modern Era


After the War of Crows ended at the Battle of Krell, It took time for the Cyrendari people to recover. They lost their beloved King Ilathrin II, who was slain on that battlefield fighting Sorimmar’s legions. The kingdom then came to be ruled by King Istavar Brevald, whose descendants still rule Cyrendar today. The Brevald family has ruled Cyrendar for 573 years, and the kingdom has prospered during that time. A dark time for the Brevald Dynasty was the terrible War of the Fallen Crown, which raged between the years 1008 and 1011/6. After the bloody battle of Anley, that conflict came to an end, and finally brought peace to the kingdom.

The only recent troubles have been sporadic goblin raids and trouble in the northern regions of the kingdom, mostly with giant tribes and ogre raiding parties coming out of the Crystalpeak Mountains and making life difficult for the northern Baronies.