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 Anselm Dynasty)
Current Leader: King Farkas Anselm II (CN 11th level aristocrat\3rd level fighter)
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. Politically, Elyria is divided into 12 duchies; AMHURST, AZMARAN, BUXTON, EASTGARDEN, ENDER FALLS, HALCYON, KILDEERE, NORBURY, RHEA, SHACKLEFORD, SHADOWFEN, and TAMWORTH. These powerful Duchies are further sub-divided into 64 baronies.
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. The realm of Elyria was founded in 32/6 by Queen Elwyn Flanäe, who abdicated her throne in the kingdom of Erindar to form a newer and better regime in Elyria. The kingdom’s northern borders with Derianor are the Almyron Sea, the secluded Narchion and Perdion valleys and the Greenwood Forest. Elyria’s southern borders with Serathyr is the enormous chain of the Purple Mountains, and the Greymist Hills to the west of those tall mountains. Elyria’s western border is the Iron Sea, and its eastern border with Erindar is the great Eldir Vaas River. Elyria’s geography is mainly large rolling grasslands and smal lhills, with rich fiels of golden maize and corn. There are a few hilly regions in the southern tip of the country as well, and part of the Iron Sea coast is made pu of tal lchalky white cliffs. The climate is mild and temperate, with the northern region having the harshest winters. Elyria has three major cities; Rilsavar, Ilnavar, and Pike’s Ferry. Elyria has a small but professional standing army of only about 7,500 troops, but through noble contingents and conscription, can field nearly 20,000 troops in times of war. The Kingdom also maintains a small navy of 20 warships, based out of Pike's Ferry, to patrol the Iron Sea.
LIFE & SOCIETY
Elyrians live a life of herding and breeding livestock for the most part. The vast unchecked Plains of Mehia from a great part of this country and 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
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 Greymist War, 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.
Narchion Valley: small region that serves as the border between the realms of Derianor and Elyria. The valley stretches east from the banks of the River Celenë to the western shores of the Almyron Sea. The Academë Road runs through the valley on its route between the cities of Elsareth and Rilsavar. Narchion Valley is also 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 valley stretches east from the shores of the Almyron Sea to the western edge of the Greenwood. Perdion Valley is also home to the large freehold of Grüenwald and its central village of Grüen. The freehold is loyal to Elyria.
Purple Mountains: mountain range that stretches east from the coast oof the Iron Sea to the Eldir Vaas River. These mountains serve as the border between Elyria and Serathyr. The Purple Mountains are sparsely populated, except for a few scattered human and dwarvish settlements along their southern foothills north of the Sea of Alyr. The only major populations of note are several small groups of gnomes who have made these mountains their home.
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.
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.
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.
The lands that make up Elyria were once part of the larger realm of Erindar, but became a separate country when Queen Elwyn Flanäe abdicated the throne of Erindar and formed a new smaller western nation to escape the evil corruption of her former regime, and the advances of Eldred Fentharë, who wanted the kingdom for himself. The kingdom of Elyria was ruled by the Flanäe Dynasty between 96-674/6, until King Ezgar 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 Anselm Dynasty, starting with King Furion. Since the Anselm 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 Four Kings. 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.