It is said there are dwarves in the north. High in the Jotun peaks where the Åsklanders roam. Their holds are hidden by ancient runes and sealed in their mountain strongholds. Closed off from the rest of the world, they amass wealth and craft fantastic artifacts. One of the most interesting stories I heard was of a lost hold. A group of enterprising dwarves set out from their mountain home in search of a trade route between the Jotun Mountains and Avras. The trip took many years, and when (...)
Dwarfs in the North
Dwarfs in Vetia / The White Mountains
Vetia is the land of mankind, where nations of men have reigned for years under the protective sight of the Goddess and her church. There, the powerful nation of Sonnstahl guards all mankind against the dangers of the Wasteland, while to the south the merchant cities of Arcalea ply their trade with the whole of the world. There you will also find the White Mountains, impenetrable hold of the (...)
Restrictions of Movement on Celeda Ablan and the Pearl Harbour
Do the HE allow humans or other humanoids to enter their island?
I believe i have referred in the past to opportunities to consult texts at one of the great elven universities on Celeda Ablan. It was one of the finer moments of my academic career, but it was not without risk. Humans, and any other outsider, who visit the elven cities on Celeda Ablan take their life in their own hands.
Provided you are wise, listen to your minders, and don’t stray beyond the permitted spaces, you should (...)
The Arandai Empire
The Arandai Empire is not what it once was, but it remains exceptionally potent, with awe-inspiring naval power. Its territories on every continent are growing, along with control of maritime trade. Colonies garrisoned by the Pearl Throne include the icy northern citadel of Nedarac, where precious Phoenix eggs are found; the strategic stronghold of Gan Dareb, in the Middle Sea; and Celed Ryman, a fortress monastery scarred by pursuit of magical knowledge in the southern part of the Great (...)
The legend of the goblin city
It is said among the tribes of this land that in the most ancient times, the oldest prophet-leaders of the goblins, called Darrmu, created a vast labyrinth under the Great Mountains. At its center stood what they called the Earthly Garden of Delights. This was their most secret abode and refuge between Augea and Vetia, protected by the monstrous creatures of the deep - the gogyag.
No man, elf or dwarf was allowed to enter such a secret and holy place, the goblin city. It was imagined as a (...)
The White Isles
The white cliffs of Celeda Ablan! Few human eyes have witnessed their majesty, and fewer still have set foot upon them, for this is the sacred land of the Pearl Queen, and it is reserved only for those she deems truly civilised.
Even merchants must wait on their ships for business to come to them, usually outside the dual harbours of Aldan, the capital city of a global empire. Beyond the cliffs ranges a green and often sodden isle, commonly wreathed in mists or rain clouds, weather that (...)
Where is the world’s largest library?
A scholar’s question - although biggest does not always mean best. My own library, while small, contains many first editions not found in other places. The fact that they are my own books is a mere coincidence - fine volumes, all of them!
There are many great libraries in the world. I have visited all that I was able to gain admittance to in my search for knowledge. Yet not every culture embraces libraries in the same manner.
The elves of Caleda Ablan may possess the finest of magical (...)