The Divided Kingdoms - Ithryshal

Ithryshal is located on the southeastern side of the continent - south of the Fangtongue Mountains and east of the Backbone of the Gods.

Within the land of Ithryshal is Meadowsgate, Elthador, Eshaval, Windswept, Lunimyr, Palishar, Peravayle, The Court of Kings and Olanthir. The people of Ithryshal are primarily Elven in all but Eshaval which is under human rulership. There are also half-elves, not surprising since humans do live in among the elves, and halflings which seem to have no real home anywhere in the Kingdoms. Rumors fly of Deep Elves and Deep Humans who live under the ground in the city of Teshyvle. These peoples are originally known as Ithryians - hence the name of the land Ithryshal - and supposedly went underground when human "took control of the land". Many believed that these Deep People died out long ago, though some claim that they still see them near the mountains and in the forests at night. The elves believe that there would be none of their kind had it not been for these people and their kindness and wealth. Since they went underground these people have changed greatly - their skin has gone to black and dark grey, though there are a few that have white skin; hair has lost all pigmentation and become completely white; eyes have taken on a bioluminescent glow, becoming almost a greenish-yellow to a bright peridot and able to see in complete darkness, but at the cost to a light sensitivity; they are usually along the range of average human height (5'2" - 6'2") and quite slender. These people are extremely fine crafters of jewelry and have a tight trade agreement with the dwarves for gemstones and precious metals. Their jewelry ends up on the market, but no one knows exactly where it comes from.

The Court of Kings is located right where the Fangtongue Mountains and the Backbone of the Gods split off. It is a cavern buried deep within the mountains that contains monuments of great human, elven and dwarven kings of ancient times. Each monument is a likeness of a king seated on his throne. They are all arranged in a circle, each looking toward the center where a golden pedestal sits with a deep blue orb floating above it. The Orb of Kings supposedly contains all of the wisdom of the ancient kings and the secret of why things changed. Many have gone to seek out the orb and the monuments, though no one has ever actually found any of it.

Lunimyr is known as the City of Night. It is called this because of its location nestled between the Backbone of the Gods and the Fangtongues the sun doesn't shine on its buildings. Because it is always night in this small city, thieves and the like have a tendency to gather within its walls. The guard there, known as the Night Watch, usually have their hands full. Monra Neche, head of the Night Watch, is a former assassin turned to the other side of the law. She has the best understanding of the people within Lunimyr and she works as hard as she can to make sure that these people don't take their tendencies outside of the city.

Meadowsgate is a beautiful art nouveau looking city with curving, natural looking buildings. Lots of vinework and twists and turns. The buildings almost appear as if they sprang directly from the ground instead of being built. Everything is white and pink marble, though are some other colors mixed in - greens and browns and their respective shades. The largest building is the far north side of the city and the home of King Elthazar and Queen Melisande. It is surrounded on all sides by gardens filled with flowers that are enchanted so they grow all year round. In the midst of these beautiful flowers are white carved gazebos and marble benches. Statues dot the gardens as well offering rememberence to past family members and rulers.

Windswept is settled in the Emerald Hills and is surrounded on all sides by beautiful green, rolling meadows. This city is a haven for adventurers and welcomes all races equally. The city generally peaceful and kept this way by the Wind Watch, who patrol the city day in and day out. If anyone does anything to disturb the peace and quiet of this lovely city they are fined, jailed or removed from the city's limits. The city buildings themselves are built on the tops of the hills and each hill is connected by well built wooden bridges. Each hill does not contain only one kind of "shopping", instead they are named for something else entirely. For example, Shire Hill has some lovely homes but also has a few shops and at least one feasthall. Central Hill, the one that is obviously in the center of all of them, connects each hill to the others with long bridges, also contains the home office of the Wind Watch, though each hill has its own smaller office. This city is not only a great place for adventurers, but is also wonderful to visit and just take a good look at.

Eshaval is a sad place to be for any elf. Over a hundred years ago, this beautiful Elven city was invaded by a human army commanded by a wicked warlord known as Banelin "The Crusher of the Elves". Being a peaceful people, the Elves were not prepared and could not fight back, therefore they were slaughtered by the hundreds. Those that managed to survive were enslaved and forced to work for Banelin and the other humans. Children were brought up to believe that Elves were nothing more than animals and are worth nothing. Over a century has passed and Elves are still treated same way, though there is a Freedom Movement growing within the elven slaves. This movement is headed up by a young woman named Sharnai, the last of the Elven Princesses. Unfortunately for her, she has few behind her. There is a young man, the son of the ruler, Banelin the Second, who wishes to help her free her people. Should his father find out what he's up to, it could be all out war.

Olanthir is thought to be located somewhere on the eastern side of Ithryshal. But that area is all hills and forests and no one has ever actually seen a city there. Then again, it is said that it was "lost" during the war that brought about the downfall of the Titanic Rulers. Legend says that the beautiful city shows itself as a portal between two huge, ancient trees during a full moon and only for the hour or so that the moon is truly full. So far, no adventurer or explorer has ventured into this lost city and has returned.

Palishar is located down south near the Moonsmirror Bay. It is an ancient elven city though a newer city was built up around it within the last fifty years or so. The structures in the city are nothing to marvel at, mostly half timber with some stone here and there. The most interesting thing is that the old city is still in the center. Walled off and guarded against looters, the crumbling remains of the Ancient Palishar set nestled in a depression in the ground. A great shifting of the land caused the dirt to drop and settle lower down giving the whole city the impression that it had been stepped on. During this time, the inhabitants of the city fled for their lives and the buildings shifted and fell, threatening to crush any in their way. A few years after the ground had settled, the remaining people rebuilt the city, walling off the old. Only those with permission of the Guard are aloud down into the old city.

Moonsmirror Bay, located just south of the city of Palishar, is a lovely, silvery lake, settled in-between the land and the water of the ocean, seperated only by some stone shards poking up through the water.

Elthador is your typical Elven Kingdom, built in the forest, partly in the trees and partly on the ground. The buildings are built of wood and thatch and barely distinguishable from the surrounding woods. The Elves here keep to themselves mostly and are rather unsure of outsiders. Little is known of the city of Elthador, as travelers generally do not add this elven home to their list of places to visit.

Peravayle is the south-eastern most location on the map. It is a port city and attracts mostly sailiors and the like, though regular folk also live there, mostly further in away from the shore. Though it was once a lively, cutting edge artsy place with lots of interesting architecture and artwork. The ruler then, a woman named Shan Morval, loved art and all that comes from it. As she created her beautiful city, people from all over flocked to there to watch great buildings formed from the earth itself with her magic. But, it didn't last long. She died under mysterious circumstances and her magic failed. The buildings fell and what was left became the Peravayle of today.

Next - Faarstadt.

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