Maps

Introduction

Places of the Burning Sky

The Lands

The Lands are comprised of five nations, the Ragesian Empire being the largest. The politics and history of the region are relatively simple, though the recent power vacuum in Ragesia threatens to make things much more complicated.

The Empire lies to the north, spanning several hundred miles north to south and east to west. To the southeast of Ragesia is the Shining Land of Shahalesti, a tenuous ally with whom relations of late have frayed. To the south lies the Exarchate of Sindaire, the Kingdom of Dassen, and the Khaganhold of Ostalin—three nations which have managed to avoid being conquered by Ragesia.

Map of the Lands

 

Gate Pass

Gate Pass lies in a rocky mountain pass running east to west between Ragesia and Shahalesti. Sheer cliffs mark its northern and southern borders, and fortifications built over centuries have made the city highly defensible, making it difficult to be annexed by either nation that surrounds it. These same fortifications, likewise, make it equally difficult for anyone to leave without going through any of the numerous gates that give the city its name.

Though the city’s borders to the north and south are tightly limited, the mountain pass is nearly twenty miles long, giving the city a lot of room to grow eastward and westward. The older districts of the city lie in the center of the pass, with different eras of development sprawling out gradually in both directions. Additionally, various small farms and ranches dot the mountains around the city proper.

Gate Pass

 

Innenotdar

Forty years ago, Innenotdar was home to the oldest elven nation in the Lands. One day, refugees began to flee from the forest, claiming it had been put to the torch—though no one could agree on who had been responsible or why. While the refugees settled into a walled ghetto in Gate Pass, they were shocked to learn that the fires driving them from their homeland were not dying. For forty years, Innenotdar had burned relentlessly—until the mystery of the fire was discovered and the creature causing was destroyed.

An entity calling itself Indomitability was the reason Innenotdar had burned for forty years. This strange dream-born creature, called a trillith, was trapped in the center of the forest by a magical song called the Song of Forms. The trilith’s life force was bonded to the fire, keeping the forest and its denizens from being consumed by the flames.

Innenotdar

 

Dassen

The Kingdom of Dassen lies to the south of Ragesia and the southwest of Shahalesti, its borders defined by craggy mountains defended by hundreds of small dwarven strongholds. Dassen’s people cherish their land to the point that superstitious cavalrymen put dirt in their boots so they never have to stop touching the soil of their home.

King Steppengard rules a patchwork of eight feudal holdings, many of them controlled by distant relatives with claims to the throne of numbing complexity. To assure that he never has to worry about untangling these claims, Steppengard has a huge family with eighteen children, all legitimate on the word of his oath. There are no mighty cities in Dassen, only thousands of farms and towns growing out from the nine castles of the king and his dukes. The largest settlement, Bresk, lies on a major river beside Steppengard’s castle, and is a hilly community built above and below ground.

Dassen

 

Seaquen

Seaquen is a large-sized town built near the site of a long-forgotten city that lies half in the sea. It would normally be an insignificant port of call, but the magical school—Lyceum—was founded here. Lyceum draws diverse individuals from all the cultures of the Lands to a place where they may study the arcane and learn from one another in a quiet environment far from the bustle and distractions of the greater cities.

Unfortunately, the town is tight on resources, and Ragesian agents are busily taking advantage of the fact. Reports of thefts, brawls, and even murders are depressingly common. The weather is miserable: the sun has not been seen for four months, so moods are sour and tempers are short.

Seaquen