Erindar
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Capitol: Chelstad (population: 52,000)
Population: 1,442,000 (89% Vaas, 4% Amari, 4% Aeryn, 2% Ralani, 1% other)
Demi-humans: 126,000 (24% dwarves, 4% elves, 50% halflings, 22% gnomes)
Humanoids: some (mostly goblins)
Government: Monarchy (currently ruled by the Esuriväe Dynasty)
Current Leader: King Hatharon Esuriväe II (LG 14th level aristocrat\5th level fighter)
Coat of Arms: a golden griffon centered on a royal blue field
Exports: pipeweed, gems, iron, grain, coal, stone

Erindar is the most powerful Vasneesh nation on Corwyn, and the only kingdom in the Highlands region that maintains close integral relations with the race of both halflings and dwarves. It is clear that the dwarves of Orrek mistrust most humans except for the race of Vaas and specifically the Erindari. The kingdom is not a modest power by any means, but compared to her eastern neighbors of Ammarind and Alveron, Erindar is barely comparable. Erindar has always enjoyed close friendships with her human neighbors to the east and her dwarvish neighbors to the north. The Esuriväe Dynasty has ruled the kingdom for the last 24 centuries, and has tried to keep peace and order among its people. Politically, Erindar is divided into 18 duchies: ARKON, CALDANHURST, DARTMOUTH, DAGGERFORD, DELVANSHIRE, EASTHAVEN, EDGECOMBE, HARANSHIRE, HAMMERFELL, HERRONDALE, KINGSHIRE, LANFORD, MIDDLESBOROUGH, MORGAN'S GLEN, PERYTON, RINGDALE, TREFOIL, and VELDENHURST. There Duchies are further sub-divided into 125 baronies.

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Erindar’s geography is made up of rolling hills and grassy farmlands; with tall mountains on two sides and great rivers around most of her borders. The kingdom’s northern border is the great Anglarand River, which separates it from The Vast. Its southern borders are the Withered Mountains and the edge of the Celadon Forest. Below the Withered Mts, Erindar's southern political neighbor is the elf-realm of Melinarë. Erindar's eastern border with Alveron is the bend in the Anglarand River, and its western border with Elyria is the enormous Eldir Vaas River. Erindar has three major cities; Chelstad, Gresham, and Cymereth. The Kingdom has many fortifications; including Castle Halberon, Athos-Avarel, Parlfrey Keep, and Garlstone Keep. Erindar maintains a large standing army of 12,000 troops, but with noble contingents, it can raise up to 45,000 troops in time of war.

LIFE & SOCIETY


The people of Erindar are mostly Vasneesh descent, and live a quiet life of farming and mining. The kingdom is known chiefly for her three major exports; salt, silver, and pipeweed. There are silver, copper, and salt mines throughout the country, and Pipeweed is grown by Halflings of Grenshire; a close ally and protectorate of Erindar. The Erindari make their living chiefly from the mining of salt and silver from the rich mines located in the hills of the country. The halfling enclave in the Greenwood Forest harvests pipeweed, which is sold throughout the continent. The country derives a great income from these sales, as well as minor offerings of gems, and foodstuffs. In return, the Erindari buy high quality weapons, armor, and timber from their neighbors. Erindar is unique in that it is the most integrated of the western human kingdoms. Many dwarves, halflings, and gnomes can be found in every town and village, and are treated fairly and respectfully.

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GEOGRAPHY


Brown Hills: small hilly region in the southern part of the kingdom of Erindar.

Crumbling Mountains: large mountain range running southwest from the northern border of the Kronarwood to the tip of the Greenwood. The range serves as the border between the Wildlands region and the realm of Erindar.

Gnarlwood: Large densely wooded region in southeastern Erindar, which has a sinister reputation.

Half-Cut Hills: small rural area in northeastern Erindar.

Hollow Hills: hilly region in northwestern Erindar, east of the capitol city of Chelstad and south of the Crumbling Mountains.

Old Forest: large woodland region in central Erindar, also known as the ‘Blackwood.’

Withered Mountains: large mountain range that stretches from foothills south of the Anglarand River, gaining size untiil they reach the coast of the Sea of Vaas. These mountains serve as much of the southern border of Erindar.

Wolfsfang Valley: highly dangerous rural region of Erindar, located east of the Old Forest.

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IMPORTANT SITES


Athos-Avarel: ‘passage to the heights’ (Svt) Large fortress located at the northern foothills of the Crumbling Mountains.

Chelstad: (population: 52,000) the capitol of the kingdom of Erindar and its largest city, located along the Thryme River. Chelstad is currently governed by Duke Karl Greskin.

Haranshire: The Duchy of Haranshire is currently governed by Duke Lars Parlfrey.

Traders Road: Paved road that runs between Athos-Avarel to the city of Gresham.

Castle Celadon: Large fortress located in the southern-most region of Erindar, at the northern edge of the Celadon Forest.

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Castle Halberon: (formerly the Cordova Palace) the royal citadel of the kingdom of Erindar, located within the center of the city of Chelstad. Inside this ancient fortress is the famous Ivory Throne.

Ruins of Daggerfell Keep: ‘castle of the crossroads.’ (Svt) ancient ruined fortress located in the realm of Elyria. This gloomy haunted ruin is located on a tall hill overlooking the junction of the Kingsway and the Axeway. Its only neighbor is the Green Gryffon Inn, located at the crossroads less than a mile away.

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Fessenden: Site of Battle in 623/5, between the Third Alliance and the forces of Sorimmar, considered the turning point in the War of the Cataclysm.

Gresham: (population: 32,000) Second largest city in Erindar located at the southeastern base of the Crumbling Mountains, currently governed by Duke Lyonel Brisbane.

Garlstone Keep: small military outpost located in the Brown Hills region.

Green Gryffon Inn**: Large inn, located in central Elyria, at the crossroads of the Kingsway and the Axeway. The inn is also within a mile of the ruins of Daggerfell Keep.

Ivory Throne: royal seat of the kingdom of Erindar, located within Castle Halberon.

Parlfrey Keep: important outpost of the kingdom of Erindar, located in the northern foothills of the Crumbling Mountains in the Duchy of Haranshire.

LOCAL HISTORY


Erindar was founded by King Erin Flanäe, who had fought heroically in the War of the Pretender and the final defeat of Alokkair the Witch-King. Soon after the defeat of Alokkair, Erin decided that it was finally time to form a kingdom for the Vaas people, but many other Vaas warlords did not agree. So began the Vasneesh Civil War, which lasted nearly thirteen years. With the final defeat of his rivals in 14/5, Erin proclaimed himself king of the new kingdom of Erindar. King Erin made his capitol the city of Chelstad, and built a great fortress there called the Cordova Palace, in which he sat upon the Ivory Throne.

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Erindar was the first real Vasneesh kingdom, ruled and mostly populated by the Vaas people. Erindar fought itself to exhaustion at the end of the Fourth Age, but did not join the Ravinian Empire until 251/5. By this time, Erindar was so weak, her rulers could hardly feed their people, and so the Ivory Throne formally joined the Ravinian Empire and brought many centuries of peace and prosperity to Erindar. The Cataclysm brought terrible suffering to the Erindari people. By the end of that war, the Ravinian Empire was gone, and the Erindari nobles were once again plunged into internal power struggles and petty squabbles. King Eladrin II, a wise and strong leader, had been slain in the Battle of Harkalad, and the rule of the kingdom had been taken up by his wife, Elwyn.

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At this time, Duke Eldred Fentharë began a campaign to overthrow the Flanäe monarchy. This conflict became known as the War of Succession. Queen Elwyn Flanäe and her loyal vassals fled to the west, and the city of Chelstad was soon captured by Eldred’s forces. Ultimately, neither side was able to gain a decisive victory. In 32/6, the western regions of Erindar became a new kingdom called Elyria under the rule of Queen Elwyn, whereas the eastern region of Erindar became ruled by King Eldred Fentharë. For the next 391 years, the Fentharë Dynasty ruled Erindar, but its rulers grew progressively crueler and by 404/6, the noble Halberon family was in active revolt. Duke Heremmer Halberon was banished from the kingdom by King Eduard and fled to neighboring Elyria, where he built an army and waged a campaign of attrition against the Fentharë monarchy for the next eleven years. In 415/6, Heremmer’s forces ambushed and slew King Eduard in the Battle of Raskan, and Erindar was dealt a severe blow. Eduard’s only son was Estris II, a dim-witted and cruel man, with no real leadership abilities. For the next eight years, the loyalist forces were driven back eastward, until most of the country was in Heremmer’s hands. In early 423/6, Heremmer’s army approached the city of Cordova to end the Fentharë monarchy once and for all. King Estris II decided to ride out against Heremmer, and in the ensuing Battle of Chelstad, was slain by him. The remaining loyalists sued for peace or fled to the neighboring kingdom of Amar. Heremmer soon proclaimed himself king and immediately changed the coat of arms to his own golden griffon on royal blue, and discarded the old quartered field of red and grey, with three gold lions in one red quarter (upper left), and an upright golden spear in one red quarter (lower right). The Halberon family continued to rule Erindar until 572/6, when the young King Hernled took ill and died without heir. Since then, Erindar has been ruled by the Esuriväe Dynasty, under King Harkon. Under the Esuriväe Dynasty, Erindar has prospered greatly. Throughout its existence, Erindar has gone out of its way to befriend the races of halflings and dwarves, and the association of the three races has made the Erindari wealthy and secure. At times, relations with the Amari people to the east have been strained, but overall, peace has reigned supreme. Erindar has had its share of troubles as well. In 674/6, King Halder was slain in the Battle of Krell, ending the War of Crows. In 947/6, Erindar and Ammarind fought each other in the War of the Forgotten King; a bloody war over trade and territory. This war cost the life of King Harkon II. Most Recently, King Hatharon II of Erindar assisted the Dwarf-realm of Orrek in defeating an orc invasion of the Barrens in 1221/6. In the last 26 years, there has been little trouble, much to the relief of the common people of the kingdom.

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