The Westvale (Westvale Island)
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Westvale is a huge, continent-sized island that makes up the vast majority of the territory of the kingdom of Cyrendar. Easily the largest region of the West, the island stretches east from the eastern shores of the Wyn Myr to the western coast of the Iron Sea, and south from the northern coast of Sea of Vaas to the rocky cliffs of the Iskari Strait, which separates it from the elvish realm of Antharë.


What separates the Westvale from all other regions of the west is geography and culture, for the people of this region along have the distinction of no history of constant wars and destruction. Because of that relatively peaceful history, the culture of the region is unlike that of realms further east. There is less emphasis on military strength and fortifications, and more on mercantilism, trade, and free enterprise. The Westvale is wealthy compared to other regions, simply because it has benefited from so many years with little war and no looting, pillaging, or other forms of destruction. Other than raids from giants and goblin tribes located in the northern Crystalpeak Mountains, there are few known threats to the local inhabitants.

Religion, spirituality, and the pursuit of art, literature, poetry, are all more important here than sharp swords and tall battlements. That is not to say that the Westvale region is not militarily strong. Even though the region has the smallest military forces per capita anywhere on Corwyn, the population here is so large that the Westvalians can still wield a tremendous army and powerful navy if necessary. Over the last millennia, the Westvalians have come to the rescue of the other western powers many occasions, and their intervention has made the difference between victory and defeat on several occasions. Today, most Westvalians are of Iskari descent; with a strong minority of ethnic Vaas and Cynaran peoples. Westvalians and are seen as arrogant and aloof by others.

CREATION OF THE ISLAND


In ancient times, Westvale Island was far different from its appearance today. In the Second Age, the island was not even an island, but instead, was part of the Continent of Corwyn. the Westvale was separated from the adjacent Eastvale by a single river; known as the Vale River. When the Great Rift occurred in 884/3, the lands were shattered, much of the region was consumed by the waters of what is today the Iron Sea, and Westvale Isle was created.In the year 884/3, Corwyn was struck by the Great Rift; an earthquake so powerful, it greatly enlarged the Sea of Ralas, created the Iron Sea, and created three massive continent-sized islands. One of these was the Isle of Westvale.

Before that time, the "Westvale Island" had been physically attached to the continent of Corwyn.

HISTORY


Thousands of years ago, when this region was struck by the Great Rift, what is today Westvale Isle was part of Wyntharë; an ancient nation of Grey-Elves. The Great Rift devastated Wyntharë; killing many Grey-Elves, and leaving their cities of Alarë and Wyn Falas in ruins. A third elvish city; Selunë, was completely consumed and sank into the waters of the Iron Sea.

After this tragedy, the Grey-Elves became bitter and yearned to return to their ancestral home on the faraway continent of Eryn Norvë. Over the next few centuries, most of the Grey-Elves left Corwyn forever; either sailing west to the Forbidden Lands or travelling south across the the Iskari Strait to the Isle of Vesarivon. In their wake, they left several fortifications and the ruined elvish city of Wyn Falas completely abandoned.

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For many centuries, Westvale Island was nothing but lawless, wild country. In the Late Third Age, the northern third of the island came to be explored and conquered by a human tribe called the Cynarans, who hailed from the northern Isle of Cynara. The Cynarans eventually established their own kingdom called Urland, and for over 300 years ruled the northern regions of Westvale.

Everything changed for Westvale Island and for the Cynarans in the year 1137/3. That year, a fleet of 1,000 ships sailed from the Continent of Iskandar to escape the "Doom." The 40,000 Iskari pilgrims were led by the famous Iskari hero Ilnavel Cyrenäe. Under his leadership, the Iskari spent several decades expanding their holdings on Westvale, eventually defeating the Cynarans in the Forty-Years War. With the Cynaran kingdom of Urland under their control, Westvale became dominated entirely by the Iskari who founded the great kingdom of Cyrendar, which still exists today.