Even in its early days, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against the dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time the world has changed. With the Anointed order eroding away and new powers rising, another war looms on the horizon, a war brought on by Man's own actions. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.
The Feralands: a vast, mostly lawless region that encompasses most of the northern half of the continent and separates Anorthile from Thenodar...
Posted by Epoch_MEB on Sep 26th, 2013
The Feralands: a vast, mostly lawless region that encompasses most of the northern half of the continent and separates Anorthile from Thenodar. Once the seat of great kingdoms, the Feralands is now a region divided among petty dictators, weak city states, and brigand bands. This ruin was brought on by the War of Calamities, a terrible war that decimated many regions in Althas and left the northern half of the continent in chaos. The Feralands are divided into three regions according to the kingdoms that once occupied it.
Gorandel is the largest region of the Feralands, occupying the southern half of the main Feralands region. The vast plains of Gorandel occupy the center of the region and are bordered on the east and west by great forests.
The region of Gorandel was once home to a kingdom of the same name, one of the greatest Anointed Kingdoms of Althas. The people of the Kingdom of Gorandel were lovers of knowledge and wisdom and delved into many secrets of magic and history. They were great architects, building monuments and grand cities. Now, only ruins remain..
In the War of Calamities, Gorandel was one of the hardest hit kingdoms, with some of the most terrible battles taking place there. As a result, nearly every major city or structure was left in a state of partial or complete ruin. After the war, many groups fought for control of the mostly ruined city of Nandorthel, Gorandel's capital. After many bloody conflicts, Nandorthel is now in the hands of a cruel tyrant. The settlement built within the ruins has come to be known as Grimvale. Other people live in the forests or along the rivers in the plains hoping to go unnoticed by the brigands and slavers that roam much of Gorandel. Because of its sheer size, Gorandel is both one of the most lawless and yet also one of the safest regions in the Feralands.
With tensions between Thenodar and Anorthile set to boil over, the Feralands is a subject of much discussion in both camps. Both sides recognize the value of the resources the Feralands offer. Also, both recognize the threat the various states such as Grimvale, the Foresaken Strand, and the Somstrynd pose to both their forces and the people in general. And so for reasons of both principle and strategy, both Anorthile and Thenodar intend to bring great changes to the Feralands in the upcoming conflict. As the wheels of war begin to turn, the Feralands is set to be the stage of yet another war, this one bringing with it both hope for change and fear of what price might be paid for it.