Capitol: Eldarand (population: 58,000)
Population: 1,758,000 (92% Thann, 4% Ralani, 2% Eloysians, and 2% other)
Demi-humans: 33,000 (55% dwarves, 24% elves, 20% halflings, 11% gnomes)
Humanoids: few (mostly kobolds)
Government: Monarchy (currently ruled by the Vesarë Dynasty)
Current Leader: King Morgan Vesarë IV (NG 12th level aristocrat\7th level fighter)
Coat of Arms: seven stars, a crown, and a battlement, all in gold, on a purple field
Exports: fruit, vegetables, grain, cloth, gold, stone,
Eldara, along with Alveron in the center and Ammarind in the north, forms the main triad of the three great powers of the West, whose national mission includes protecting the people of the West from invasion and chaos. The kingdom of Eldara is an ancient and powerful nation, with a long and bloody history. The capitol of Eldara is the fortified city of Eldarand. The realm is the strongest of the Thannish states, and has a rich and colorful history. The kingdom of Eldara has been ruled by the powerful Vesarë Dynasty for over 1,200 years and is divided into 25 duchies and 236 baronies. Eldara’s geography is diverse; in the northern regions it is lush and green, whereas in the south, near the Myr Gelyn, it is dry scrublands. Eldara is a land of plenty with thousands of lemon tress, orange groves, and apple orchards, as well as vast fields of grains and vegetables that can feed half the continent. The realm’s northern border is the Melinar Forest and its border with Orel are the Forlorn Mountains. Iits southern border with Vilzar is the great barrier wall called the Kerak. The western borders of Eldara are the shores of the Sea of Ralas, and its eastern borders are the Sea of Orel. Because of its hostile relations with the Vilzari, the kingdom of Eldara maintains a large standing army of nearly 17,000 troops, and can raise that number through noble contingents and conscription to nearly 90,000 in time of war. Eldara also maintains a large and professional navy of 52 warships that patrol both the Sea of Ralas from their main base at the Eldaran port of Sathay and the Sea of Orel from their eastern base at Kingsport. Eldaran warships are recognizable by their brightly painted purple teakwood hulls, gold trim, and white silk sails.
Life & Society
For the most part, Eldarans live a life of trade, agriculture, and sailing. Despite this quiet life, the people of this kingdom live under the constant threat of attack by their southern neighbors, the hated Vilzari of the desert. Most towns and villages of Eldara are walled and well protected, because the local folk know too well the stories of Vilzari raids and invasions that have occurred hundreds of times over the last 3,000 years. Eldara’s fruits, vegetables, and grain are her chief offerings, but the kingdom receives much additional income from the vast overland trade that takes place on the Eldaran Isthmus, a tract of land that serves as the narrowest point between the Wyn Myr and Vhan Myr oceans. At any time, there are literally hundreds of rich caravans traversing the Eldaran Isthmus with every good imaginable. The monarchy that rules the kingdom is just and fair, and the people are not overly taxed, although many traders and merchants complain that they are. Many caravans of Eldara’s fruits and vegetables travel from its borders in return for exotic goods from the continent of Avokhar and the West, so one can find rare and exotic goods from the Seven Cities of Brass, Khalifar, or even Kurand at even the most common markets.
Eldar Plains: also known as the Breadbasket of Eldara, these fertile lands are rich in farming soil and moderate temperatures and serve to feed the Eldarans and many of the peoples of the Heartlands.
Eldaran Isthmus: narrow strip of land a little over 300 miles across between the jutting peaks of the Redpeaks Mountains and the coast of the Sea of Ralas.
Erehui Mountains: these steep and jagged peaks form the border between the Myr Gelyn desert and the Erehui Valley.
Cyrien Sea: large inland body of water located in the Heartlands of Corwyn. This large inland sea is an enormous oxbow from the River Cyr.
Redpeaks: range of mountains, running southwest along the far southern border of Eldara, and stretching into the Erehui Valley.
Vrusk Scrublands: the southern region of Eldara is home to vast desolate plains, where the population is sparse and very little grows.
Athos-Gelynar: ‘passage to the desert’ (Svt) castle in southern Eldara, also known as the Gateway Keep. This powerful fortress guards the main entrance along the Kerak.
Castle Greyguard: important border outpost in southern Eldara, guarding the junction of the Isthmus and Desert Roads.
Castle Sandstone: this large Eldaran fortress stands at the extreme eastern edge of the Kerak, in the northern foothills of the Redpeaks Mountains.
Castle Ironfist: the royal citadel of Eldara, located in the capitol city of Eldarand. Within this fortress is the famous Iron Throne.
Desert Road: partially paved road that runs south from the city of Eldarand to the junction with the Isthmus Road at Castle Greyguard.
Dhorya Keep: important outpost on the Kerak, used by the army of Eldara to guard against Vilzari raids.
Eldarand: (population: 58,000) capitol and largest city in the kingdom of Eldara. Within the city walls is the impregnable fortress of the Castle Ironfist, the royal seat of Eldara’s monarchy. The city is governed by Duke Lukan Whitehall.
Erôn-Henath: ‘castle on the hilltop.’ (Svt) large fortress located in far northern Eldara, near the Forlorn Mts.. The castle guards the road between Dhaelhar and Eldarand.
Iron Throne: the royal seat of the kingdom of Eldara, located within Castle Ironfist.
Isthmus Road: (the Trader’s Road) road that runs east from the Eldaran seaport of Sathay along the Kerak to the city of Southcliff.
Kerak: enormous fortified barrier wall built by the Ravinian Empire between 436-530/5. At the end of the Sixth Age, Eldara could afford to station only about 3,000 soldiers along the Kerak. More than half of its length was in crumbling ruins, and more than 500 of its towers and keeps were abandoned.
Khossen: site of a battle in 559/5 between the Ravinian Empire and the Vilzari, which ended the Third Vilzari War.
Kingsport:(pop:46,000) Major Eldaran seaport located on the coast of the Sea of Ralas, and the main western naval base for the navy of Eldara.
Relanoth: site of a battle in 1279/4 between the northern kingdoms of Corwyn and the Vilzari, which ended the Third Incursion War.
Rin Falar Road: Road that runs south from the capitol city of Eldarand, to the city of Rin Falar.
Southcliff:(population: 23,000) Small Eldaran city that lies at the eastern edge of the Kerak.
Varistan:(pop: 13,300) Small coastal seaport in Eldara, located about 80 miles east of the Melinar Forest on the coast of the Sea of Orel.
Westfall:(pop:63,000) Major Eldaran seaport on the Sea of Orel. The city is built into the chalky white cliffs at the foothills of the Redpeaks.
The kingdom of Eldara was founded by King Eldan Durethë in 24/4, after the defeat of Alokkair at the end of the Third Age. The Thannish people were very fierce and proud, and after the Vaas people refused a Melanthir from the Saar council, the overly proud Thannish people demanded two. Two half-brothers; Eldan and Rhodan received the weapons. Rhodan went on to found Rhodara, whereas Eldan founded Eldara. Eldan ordered the great fortress of Castle Ironfist built and under his rule the small villages of Rin Falar, Eldarand, Kingsport, and Sathay grew into mighty cities. The Thannish people were also great seafarers and the rich eastern Eldaran seaports of Ordana, Morathad, and Ormath soon grew in size and wealth as well. The Thannish kings were always obsessed with wealth and power. The climate and terrain of Eldara allowed them to grow vast quantities of food, and soon they discovered enormous deposits of both iron and silver in the mines of Eldara. So, based on its exports of grain, fruit, iron, and silver, the kingdom soon became very wealthy. In 179/4, King Aron of Eldara sent his eldest son Prince Däegon across the sea to colonize the lands of the East. That year, Däegon sailed from Ordana and landed on the Kratheri Peninsula, founding the city of Durendar there. At that time, the peninsula was home to the Kratheri people and ruled by the ailing Kingdom of Kerathos. Over the next fourteen years, the Eldaran colonists battled the Kratheri and finally captured and destroyed their capital city of Jareesh. Within a century, all remaining Kratheri resistance had been crushed and the Thannish controlled the entire peninsula. This period became known as the Glorious Conquest. The Kratheri Peninsula became a sister kingdom to mainland Eldara, and was known as East Eldara. The East Eldaran princes soon signed treaties with the Xholar Empire of the Far East and became trading partners with them. Afterward, Eldara became the richest nation in all of Corwyn.
Eldara’s fortunes began to wane in the late Fourth Age. First the kingdom was hit with a terrible plague in 976/4 and another worse one in 1142/4. Many Thannish people died and the kingdom was severely weakened. Around this time, the nobles in East Eldara wanted more autonomy, and by 1202/4, Prince Castenar revolted against his own father King Arathar IV. The First Eldaran Civil War Lasted seven bloody years, and ended in 1209/4 with the East Eldara becoming a separate kingdom called Thûle. Eldara continued to decline under the reign of King Arathar IV and his son Agathar III, who succeeded him in 1225/4. When Agathar died in 1248/4, he was succeeded by his young son Hagar II. This boy-king was young and brash, and worse, was not at all politically savvy. Around this same time the eastern nobles of Eldara began to voice resentment with the Eldarand monarchy over high taxes and unfair representation. These voices were led by Duke Rygar Alesard of Ordana. By 1250/4, Rygar and his followers were in open revolt, beginning the Second Eldaran Civil War. King Hagar was no match for Rygar and by 1254/4; the eastern provinces of Eldara became the new kingdom of Orel. Eldara’s problems soon continued to worsen. In 1256/4, a Vilzari warlord named Alzakar K'Noth began the Incursion Wars. In this terrible series of three wars, King Hagar himself was killed in a Vilzari ambush and his dynasty ended. King Dareon Arellani assumed the Iron Throne and continued to fight the hated desert invaders until their final defeat at the Battle of Relanoth in 1279/4. Eldara was by then was terribly weak and divided. In 1283/4, the Mad-King Gayorg of Rhodara invaded Eldara because of its weakened condition. This bloody conflict was called the War of Annexation. By 1289/4, the Rhodarans were defeated with the help of Eldara’s many allies, But King Dareon was killed in the Battle of Keslyn.
The Arellani Dynasty continued to rule the kingdom until 422/5, when King Ragnar II was slain in the First Vilzari War. Eldara was then ruled by the Terathë Dynasty from 422-621/5. In that terrible year, King Aden Terathë rode out with his two sons to battle Sorimmar’s hordes during the Siege of Arynäe. During that terrible battle all three were slain and the rule of the kingdom passed to King Damion Vesarë. Since the Cataclysm, the kingdom of Eldara has been ruled by the Vesarë Dynasty. Much of Eldaran history has been one of blood and death. The people of this region have always lived under the shadow of fear. Their southern desert-dwelling neighbors, the Vilzari have invaded this territory a total of twelve times and launched literally hundreds of smaller raids and incursion during the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Ages. Over the past 3,000 years; the city of Sathay has been destroyed or captured seven times, the city of Rin Falar has been sacked four times, and even the capitol city of Eldarand has fallen to the hated Vilzari once. The Thannish folk have repaid the favor by destroying the Vilzari seaport of Il’Se’Toth five times, and the capitol city of Il’ Vak once. Lately, the Vilzari have become aggressive once again with frequent raids into the interior over crumbling sections of the Kerak, and by sea from the Ralani Coast. The Eldarans have responded with force, as they always do, and another bloody conflict looms on the horizon between the Vilzari and the Thann. There has never been any love lost between these two civilizations.