Capitol: Sasserine (total population: 22,326)
Human Population: 19,951 (71% Ralani, 21% Eloysians, 5% Vilzari, 3% other)
Demi-human Population: 2,375 (60% dwarves, 10% elves, 25% halflings, 5% gnomes)
Humanoids: few (mostly gnolls, tasloi)
Government: City-State
Current Leaders: ruled by the 7-member Dawn Council
Coat of Arms: red rose and lion on blue / white field
Exports: fruit, vegetables, grain, textiles, gold

Sasserine is a small, independent city-state, located off Wyvern Bay on the Wild Coast of Avokhar. The city is somewhat isolated, being located on a secluded coastal inlet, ringed by both the Hellfire Mountains and the Sanjaara Jungle. Today, Sasserine is an important trade center in the Shining Sea region.

The city of Sasserine is ruled by a group of seven noble families; known as the Dawn Council. Each member of the Dawn Council comes from one of the seven Administrative Districts in the city. These seven Districts also serve as important administrative and religious divisions in the city. Each district also has its own temple, whose clerics hold sway in local affairs. The seven Districts and their respective temples are: the Azure District; (Temple of Myrival), the Champions District; (Temple of Etahr), the Cudgel District; (Temple of Berevrom), the Merchants District; (Temple of Ethenghar), Noble District; (Temple of Nerydia), the Sunrise District; (Temple of Ator), and the Slums; called Shadowshore; (Temple of S'Thar),


Sasserine's human ethnic makeup is unusual on the continent of Avokhar, in that its population comprises a majority of ethnic Ralani from Corwyn, but there are also large ethnic minorities of Eloysians from Kendar and the surrounding Sanjaara Jungle, as well as a few Vilzari from Vilzar and the Island-Realm of Nimbor.

The city is accessible by ship via Wyvern Bay, and also by the Rockdale Road which runs east through the Rockdale region of Avokhar, to the neighboring city of Caldera. For now, Sasserine maintains close relations with both Caldera and the powerful Republic of Kendar; its neighbor to the north.

Sasserine derives most of its wealth as a seaport; as a result its harbor is quite busy. At any time, over 100 merchant vessels from various ports such as: Alarë, Freeport, Kingsport, Natharos, Pike's Ferry, Rastios, the Seven Cities of Brass, Sathay, Shard, Syrene, Tymor, Vanzali, and Wyn Falas can be found moored here.

History of Sasserine

Sasserine is over 700 years old, and has a long and colorful history. Most events can be broken down into three separate eras, each had an important impact on the development of the city as it exists today.

The Founding of the City

Sasserine was founded nearly 700 years ago in the year 553/6, during the terrible Ralani Civil War. As rival Ralani nobles were slaughtering each other on the Isle of Renthara, a large group of pilgrims, led by a noble named Lord Viktor Teraknian, and his wife, Lady Sasserine, left Ralas forever in search of new lands and peace. The Pilgrims chose not to settle in one of the five city-states of Kendar, but instead searched for a new regional home for themselves.


Lady Sasserine was a devout priestess of Nerydia; the Goddess of Magic, who, like many of her followers, wanted nothing more than religious sanctuary. As a result, hundreds decided to undertake the long and arduous journey south, and joined the expedition. For many weeks the small fleet of a dozen ships sailed south across the Wyn Myr, past the beautiful Nimbor Islands and the dangerous Vilzari coast, until they finally reached the western coast of Avokhar.

Once there, the pilgrims eventually found secluded Wyvern Bay, which could only be seen faintly from the open sea, and behind it a small channel leading to a group of islands surrounded by the vast Sanjaara Jungle. This inlet was perfect for the pilgrims, because it was well-hidden from the sea, protected from the elements, and made an ideal harbor and anchorage.

The settlers had just arrived when their group was attacked by a black dragon named Zelkarune, who killed many of the pilgrims before being slain by Lord Teraknian. Viktor’s triumph was short lived when he realized his true love had been slain by the dragon as well. In homage, Viktor buried his love on Ancestor Island, and named the new colony in her honor. Even to this day, the people of Sasserine honor their beloved Matron and the defeat of Zelkarune with an annual holiday called the Wyrmfall Festival.

Rule by the House of Teraknian

Over the next several centuries, the city was ruled by series of Lords from the Teraknian Dynasty, who each took on the hereditary title of "Arch-Duke." During this time, the small colony became a city, experiencing rapid growth from trade by sea and inland trade inland with Caldera. The city rulers governed from Castle Teraknian; which had been built under Arch-Duke Viktor, and each successive ruler was supported by a High-Cleric of Nerydia.


In the year 1113/6, Sasserine came to be ruled by Orren the Cruel, and dark times came to the city. Unfortunately for the people of Sasserine, Orren was a blood-thirsty despot. During his cruel, 10-year reign, the temple of Nerydia was stripped of its power and many people were imprisoned or executed. In 1123/6; Just as Orren’s rule became unbearable, a fleet of ships arrived from Kendar, carrying soldiers sent by the Sky-Lords.

Promising an end to Orren’s cruelty, the invaders were aided in their assault on the city from within, as the citizens rose up in rebellion. Lord Orren was quickly overthrown and the Sky-Lords of Kendar then claimed the city as a colony. Ironically, the famed "Arch of Teraknian;" the greatest architectural achievement of House Teraknian, was destroyed during the rebellion against that same ruling family.


A Colony of Kendar

Unfortuneately for its local population, once Kendar took control of Sasserine, conditions went from bad to worse. Over the following century, the city’s resources were savaged. The Sky-Lords of Kendar kept Sasserine a secret from the rest of the world, hoping to hide the valuable port from invaders by destroying any references to it they could find. Spies infiltrated Cartographer’s Guilds, altering charts and sea maps; Ship Captains who knew of the inlet and the city beyond were bought off or even murdered. Sasserine suffered greatly in these 100 years, but the underlying spirit of her inhabitants never wavered.

In the year 1227/6, the people of Sasserine finally rebelled against their Kendari overlords. The Uprising began when a group of seven prominent citizens conspired together, and assassinated the last Kendari governor of the city. This Governor; Diego Montravon, was a corrupt bureaucrat, who kept much of the city's tax money for himself, and had his enemies arbitrarily thrown into the dungeons of Castle Teraknian.


The Uprising and the resulting turmoil threw Sasserine into chaos. Without Montravon's leadership, the Kendari garrison was overthrown within a fortnight and Castle Teraknian abandoned. When the Kendarum discovered the true reasons why their governor had been assassinated, they agreed not to intervene, militarily. Kendar did not want another brutal, bloody occupation, and decided it was easier to simply negotiate for peace and free the colony.

After the successful conclusion of the Uprising; the seven conspirators then became the the first members of the newly-formed "Dawn Council." In the twenty years since their freedom, the people of Sasserine have rebuilt their city with astonishing success. Officially, the Republic of Kendar, has decreed it no longer wishes to use the city as a colony, but prefers for Sasserine to be an equal trading partner.

In fact, the Kendarum have recently signed a treaty with the Dawn Council for trade and for protection against the Corsairs of Tar Vielca; should they ever become a threat to the city. To improve official diplomatic relations, Kendar has recently founded a new Embassy in the city; although this move has been controversial among certain local circles. As the end of the Sixth Age looms, the independent city-state of Sasserine seems to have a bright new future.

Map of the City:

Map of Sasserine

The Surrounding Region:


Hellfire Mountains: Large volcanic mountain range in northern Avokhar, that serves as a barrier between the region of the Wild Coast and the Sanjaara Jungle.

Sanjaara Jungle: Enormous rain-forest covering much of the continent of Avokhar. The Wild Coast has a string of settlements along the coastal areas of the Shining Sea, that profit from trade between jungle expeditions and imports shipped from Corwyn.

Wild Coast: Term for the western coast of Avokhar, which is dotted with human settlements dating back to the times of the lost Kingdom of Ralas. The largest cities located on the coast are: Sasserine, Shard and Stonehaven. Other smaller settlements include: Castle Greenrock and Port Blackwell

Caldera: (Population: 7,830) (also called Cauldron) A small inland city located 80 miles inland from Sasserine. The city is located in a dormant volcanic valley, thus its name. the residents of Cauldron are key trading partners with the merchants of Sasserine and the two cities have been known to ally together if need arises. The current ruler of Cauldron is Lord Severan Navalent.

Shining Sea: The name given to the southern expanse of the Wyn Myr. The Shining Sea is home to the following island chains: Nimbor, Narrow Isle, The Serpent's Teeth, The Mist Kingdom, and The Firestorm Islands. The Great Sargasso is located in this region as well.

Olman Islands: The only known civilization of the Olman people is located on this chain of three islands. The largest city is the city-state of Xamaclan on the largest Island. There is little trade between the other human civilizations along the Wild Coast and the Olman people of the islands, who usually keep to themselves.

Pirate Islands: (also called the Serpent's Teeth) These sparsely populated islands are avoided by most as they are home to many wretched bands of pirates and corsairs who raid the sea lanes of the Shining Sea. The infamous Crimson Fleet is based out of these islands, their fleet harbored at the squalid coastal town of Scuttlecove. Although not as well-known as the Corsairs of Tar Vielca, these pirates have a well deserved nasty reputation. Another small city located here is Freeport.


The Mist Kingdom: Very little of these islands is known, other than they are perpetually covered in thick mists which cause such a danger to ships that most sailors steer well clear of the area.

The Great Sargasso: Massive area of tangled seaweed, debris and broken ships that stretch for hundreds of miles across. The Sargasso is located in the center of the Shining Sea.

Firestorm Islands: A chain of active volcanoes, covered in clouds of ash and poisonous fumes. Very few humans dwell on these islands out of safety, but there are rich mineral and gem deposits located here, so hearty adventurers and miners have been known to try their luck for short visits, usually until the next eruption.