Elyria
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Capitol: Rilsavar (population: 35,000)
Population: 989,000 (83% Vaas, 11% Iskari, 4% Ralani, 2% other)
Demi-humans: 58,000 (45% dwarves, 15% elves, 15% halflings, 25% gnomes)
Humanoids: few (mostly kobolds)
Government: Monarchy (currently ruled by the Whitacre Dynasty)
Current Leader: King Ramelos I
Coat of Arms: Black stag over diagonal yellow stripe on a white field
Exports: grain, copper, wool, livestock, dyes, coal


Elyria is an ailing strife-filled monarchy, beset with bitter political infighting and political intrigue. It is thought to be the least stable nation in western Corwyn.


Most Elyrians fondly remember their history of better days, and tales of heroic exploits and the great wealth of their forbears, but little of that is true today. Elyria has three major cities; Rilsavar, Ilnavar, and Pike's Ferry.

Borders: Elyria's northern borders are the Greenwood, and further west the the secluded Narchion and Perdion Valleys, which separate it from Derianor. Its southern borders with Serathyr are the Purple Mountains. Elyria's eastern border with Erindar is the great Eldir Vaas River, and its western border is the coast of the Iron Sea.

Politics:The current ruler of Elyria is King Ramelos Whitacre, who is the ninth ruler of the troubled and corrupt Whitacre Dynasty. King Ramelos rules the kingdom from the Darkwood Throne, located in the great hall of the impregnable fortress of Castle Krasdan. Politically, Erindar is a monarchy, but local and administrative rule is sub-divided into twelve Duchies, all of whom are ruled by squabbling Vassal Lords, with varying degrees of loyal to the throne. The twelve Duchies of Elyria are: AMHURST, AZMARAN, BUXTON, EASTGARDEN, ENDER FALLS, HALCYON, KILDEERE, NORBURY, RHEA, SHACKLEFORD, SHADOWFEN, and TAMWORTH. These 12 Duchies are further sub-divided into 64 baronies.

Military: For its defense, Elyria maintains a few fortifications; including Castle Krasdan, Castle Ilnavar, and Wymerly Keep. The Kingdom maintains a small standing army of 7,500 troops, but with noble contingents, it can raise nearly 20,000 troops in time of war. The Kingdom also maintains a small navy of 20 warships, based out of Pike's Ferry, to patrol the Iron Sea.

Climate: Elyria’s geography is made up of rolling hills and grassy farmlands; giving the country warm, humid emperatures most of the year, even the winters are warm here.

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LIFE & SOCIETY


For the most part, Elyrians live a life of herding and breeding livestock. Vast, unchecked prariers and grasslands form a great part of the countryside and the roaming herds of sheep, horses, goats, and cattle are the lifeblood of the nation. The sales of these products are the largest portion of the Elyrian economy. Far distant second is the exports of the few deep copper mines in the country. Many Elyrian farmers also sell their grain to the dwarves of the north and south, whose mountain homes do not offer an adequate food source. Overall, Elyria is not a wealthy nation, and most of its people lead a quiet simple peasant life. The only sources of wealth are found in the two large cities of the country, as well as the only real sources of culture and sophistication

GEOGRAPHY


Almyron Sea: large northern inland body of water, that constitutes much of the southern border of the realm of Derianor, and part of the northern border of Elyria. On the western shores of the sea are the Narchion Valley and the freehold of Arkadia. On the eastern shores of the sea are the Perdion Valley and the freehold of Grüenwald. The Elsareth Road skirts the western shores of the sea for much of its length as well.

Golden Hills: hilly region located in the center of the realm of Elyria, north of the Sea of Almyron and west of the city of Ilnavar. The Ilnavar Road cuts through this region on a diagonal route from northwest to southeast as it connects the cities of Rilsavar and Ilnavar. The hills are covered in bright golden fields of Maize, thus the name.

Greymist Hills: Small hilly region that runs east from the coast of the Iron Sea to the western foothills of the Purple Mountains. The name derives from the fact that the cold clammy climate leaves an almost constant layer of fog on the hilltops throughout the region. The Elyrian stronghold of Wymerly Keep is located just north of these hills. The Serathian stronghold of Eron-Esroth is located on the southern side. For years, this region has been in dispute between Elyria and Serathyr, and several bloody wars and innumerable skirmishes have been fought here over the centuries. The most bitter of those was the infamous War of the Fallen Crown, fought between 1008-1011/6. Within the hills themselves are several competing freeholds and baronies that are constantly at odds with each other. Usually these disputes are sanctioned by 'royal interests' from either the Darkwood Throne of Rilsavar or the Dragon Throne of Rastios.

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Narchion Valley: small region that serves as the border between the realms of Derianor and Elyria. The valley is home to the large freehold of Arkadia and its twin villages of Falken and Larken.

Perdion Valley: small region that serves as the border between the realms of Derianor and Elyria, east of the Almyron Sea. The Perdion Valley is also home to the large freehold of Grüenwald and its central village of Grüen.

Purple Mountains: mountain range that stretches east from the coast of the Iron Sea to the Eldir Vaas River. These mountains serve as the border between Elyria and Serathyr.

Serenica Valley: large grassy region south of the Almyron Sea and the Greenwood, also called the Erindar Valley.

Vanadon Forest: largest forest in Elyria, located north of the Golden Hills.

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IMPORTANT SITES


Anley: site of a fierce battle in 1011/6, between the kingdoms of Elyria and Serathyr. Last major battle during the War of the Fallen Crown.

Castle Ilnavar: Elyrian stronghold, located in the city of the same name.

Castle Krasdan: the royal citadel of the kingdom of Elyria, located a large hill overlooking the capital city of Rilsavar.

Daggerfefll Keep At the end of the Tunston Uprising, the infamous Night of the Red Knives took place in this castle, in which Viscount Silas Tunston and dozens of his family members and vassals were murdered at a victory feast. Since that incident, the castle has been rumored to be haunted. The keep is located at the crossroads of the Axeway and Kingsway, near the Green Gryffon Inn.

Darkwood Throne: the royal seat of the kingdom of Elyria, located within the fortress of Castle Krasdan.

Ilnavar: (population: 33,000) second largest city of Elyria, and once a major city of the realm of Erindar, before the War of Succession. The city is governed by Duke Loris Caswell.

Greypoole: (pop: 5,000) Large village, located on the western banks of the Eldir Vaas river. The village is famous for containing the Kingsmen Inn; where the Treaty of Greypoole was signed over 1,200 years ago. For travelers, there is a popular ferry that operates out of the village because the river is too wide to ford. Greypoole is the farthest eastern settlement on the Elyrian side of the Elyria-Erindar Border.

Pike’s Ferry: (population: 14,000) Important trading center, western border outpost, and crossing point for the passage across the Iron Sea to the Cyrendari city of Natharos on the opposite shore. Pike's Ferry is governed by Baroness Lorelei Mondragon.

Rilsavar: (population: 35,000) capitol city of the kingdom of Elyria, located along the eastern banks of the Eldir Vaas. The city is a major trading center and the crossroads of the Kingsway, the Greenway, the Academë Road, and the Olde Peninsula Road. Rilsavar is governed by Duke Rand Tokari.

Wymerly Keep: large castle and important southern border outpost of Elyria. located a hundred miles west of the Sea of Almyron, within the Greymist Hills region. The fortress was built in the early Sixth Age, to keep vigil on the Serathian fortress of Erôn-Esroth.

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LOCAL HISTORY


The realm of Elyria was founded in 32/6 by Queen Elwyn Fremantle, at the conclusion of the bloody War of Succession. Queen Elwyn was forced to abdicate the throne in the kingdom of Erindar after being defeated militarily by the forces of Eldred Orsini; who then became the new king of Erindar. The lands that make up Elyria were once part of the larger realm of Erindar, but became a separate country after the famous Treaty of Greypoole that ended the War of Succesion and divided the region into two smaller kingdoms.

The kingdom of Elyria was ruled by the Fremantle Dynasty between 96-674/6, until King Ezgur II was slain in the Battle of Krell. Elyria was then ruled by King Corvin Crannock, whose dynasty ruled until 1036/6, when King Corbray II was slain in the Tunston Uprising. Since that time, Elyria has been ruled by the Whitacre Dynasty, starting with King Furion.

Since the Whitacre Dynasty took power, the kingdom of Elyria has always been unstable, with rival Dukes and Barons competing for land and wealth. These struggles have led to numerous internal wars over the past two centuries. Elyria has always tried to maintain peaceful relations with her outside neighbors, because she cannot guarantee the loyalty of her own vassal lords.

Because of this weakness in Elyrian vassals, the kingdom of Serathyr invaded Elyria in 1008/6. This terrible conflict became known as the War of the Fallen Crown. No real territory changed hands, and the peace left only bitter memories of pillage and slaughter committed by both sides. Even today the war is still a painful memory to most Elyrians.

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