Republic of Kendar
KENDAR.png

Capitol: Kendar (city population: 142,000)
Total Population: 575,000 (40% Eloysians, 55% Ralani, 4% Vilzari, 1% other)
Demi-humans: 25,000 (25% dwarves, 15% elves, 20% halflings, 40% gnomes)
Humanoids: few
Government: ruled by a council of five Sky-Lords
Current Leader: First Sky-Lord Xander Syralax
Coat of Arms: red dragon upon a black field, outlined in dark red
Imports: grain, vegetables, livestock, trade goods
Exports: fish, slaves, weapons, gems, gold, silver, trade goods, crafts, magic items.

Kendar is a powerful human realm located on the northwest coast of Avokhar, south of the realm of Vilzar. Kendar is made up of five cities, each higher in elevation in a series of mountain-top valleys, spread throughout the famous Sky-Valley. The famed valley itself is nestled high in the impenetrable Hellfire Mountains. The lowest city, Shard is located within a secluded bay, ringed by the impassable walls. Because of its forbidding geography, and high fortress walls, the city has never fallen to any foe, neither Vilzari nor Eloysian. The City of Shard is unusual in that it is set upon seven small islands in a lagoon, interconnected by a series of stone and rope bridges. The Lagoon was formed by a great waterfall that flows down one side of the stone valley surrounding the city, and it is the city's fresh water supply. There are high stone walls that protect the city from outside invaders, and a huge steels gate across the only sea entrance protects the city from naval incursions. Shard also serves as one of only three routes into the sky-valley, and is Kendar's main seaport.

The only northern route into the Kendar is through a narrow mountain passage in the Hellfire Mountains. This passage is guarded by the fortress of Castle Tyrax, whose powerful walls and gates guard the realm from Vilzari invaders from the north. Finally, the only southern entrance to Kendar is guarded by Castle Ironspike; which also has high walls and gates to protect Kendar from any invasion from the Sanjaara Jungle, located to the south.

Kendar.jpg

Kendar is a wealthy realm, making profit on its location astride the only western overland trade route between the Vilzari to the north and the Eloysians of the Sanjaara Jungle to the south, as well as an important way-station and port of call for ships traversing between Avokhar and Corwyn. The people of Kendar are known as the Kendarum, and their mercantile skills and craftsmanship are well known throughout Avokhar and southern Corwyn. Kendar is also a great military power, with a well-trained professional army that guards her borders and a large and capable navy of over 60 warships that patrol the shipping lanes of the Shining Sea.

As Kendar grew in size and power, it expanded south. Its main trade route with the Seven Cities of Brass took its merchant fleet dangerously close to Narrow Isle and the pirates of Tar Vielca. In response, the Kendarum built a great fortress on the far southern coast of Avokhar called Stonehaven; which became a crucial naval base for the Kendari Navy and a safe port of call for merchants ships traveling to and fro. The Kendarum have even devised a system to safeguard merchant convoys with their ships, for a hefty fee.

The Kendarum are now made up of Ralani, but with a strong minority of Eloysians. These Ralani folk are the descendants of the original colonists who sailed from the kingdom of Ralas with King Axilar Rennarë when he founded the city in 379/4. For many hundreds of years, Kendar was a important southern colony for Ralas, and an crucial port of call for cargo ships passing between Rastios and Eloysian ports all over the continent of Avokhar. Because of this importance, the city grew ever larger and wealthier. Eventually, the city of Kendar assumed control over four other smaller cities; Highspire, Axilon, Shard and Dragonloft. With that the city-state became a mini-realm all its own, and one of the most powerful and wealthiest on Avokhar. When the Kingdom of Ralas was shattered by a civil war beginning in 553/6, Kendar broke away and declared its independence. The city has remained a regional power ever since. Over the centuries, the local Eloysians gradually became the majority of the region’s population. The current rulers of Kendar are five Sky-Lords, who rule the five cities collectively.