The Wyvern Isles

THE WYVERN ISLES
(Region Designer: Renee Elezam Collins)

Brief History:
The Wyvern Isles are a remnant of the Sundering, when the third great continent was shattered in the eastern sea, forming into several smaller island chains as the land settled and the ocean reclaimed the shattered regions between. In times of old these lands were mountainous, and notorious for the rumours of rare creatures known as Wyverns, Drake-like creatures no bigger than a large dog, with cunning and mischievous natures. Legends say these beasts delighted in playing pranks and misleading travellers, but were also said to sometimes grant wishes for those who did them a kindness or a great service.

Perhaps the hope of wishes to be granted is what led so many of the displaced elves here in the years after the end of the Vile War. Or perhaps it was merely the beauty of the tropical landscape, or the rich volcanic soil. Whatever the reason, many of the remaining High Elves have made the Wyvern Isles, and particular it’s capital city of Morren Allora, their home.

Government: The isles are run by a group named the Conclave. This group of seven are responsible for the governing, law enforcement, and adjudication of all the islands within its borders. The positions on the Conclave are passed down as members become too old to serve, though the exact criteria for selection is not widely known.

People from her are called: Wyvernori, though a lot of locals just call themselves “Islanders”.

Population: Slightly more than half the population is elvish, with the majority being of High Elven decent. (This is particularly true in the capital, where the density of High Elves is the highest.) Humans and Gruen make up a significant portion of the other half, with Whyr Scalefolk also being much more common here than in many other nations.

What is interesting about living here:
The difference between urban and rural life here can be profound. In all of the larger cities (of which there are only a few), the traditions of High Elven formality and decorum are upheld staunchly. Society here is stratified, and the observances of title and station are considered to be of great importance. Reputation is as much a currency as actual wealth, and most marriages are still brokered as matters of duty rather than affairs of the heart.

However, rural life swings almost completely the opposite way. ‘Islanders’, as the peasantry tend to call themselves, are a laid back people, mostly concerned with tending the land and enjoying the bounty of the island’s groves, farms and fishing. Islander traditions involve long naps in the afternoon, dressing publicly in fashions that would make people from most other lands blush, and frequent rituals of thanks-giving and prayer offered to the God-Spirits.

Many of these prayers are directed to Firebird, who is seen as one of the patrons of the Isles due to the large, dormant volcano that lies near the center of the island. In the days of the Vile War the volcano was known to be a constant source of threat, but it has been mostly calm for centuries now. The citizens of the Isles hope that it remains that way, many of them making annual pilgrimages to the ancient temple ruins near the base of the volcano to pray and make offerings.

What is good about living here:
It is said that time can stand still if you would just stand on the the beach and stare into the endless expanses of the sea. The common people of the Wyvern Islands live a hearty lifestyle of hard farm work and leisurely down time. Its not uncommon to see hammocks strung up between trees for anyone to use. For those who crave solidarity, natural beauty, mild weather and can tolerate the occasional volcanic rumbling in the distance, this can be a paradise.

What sucks about living here:
The dormant (for now) volcano is an ever present worry. Also, while rural life can be quite idyllic, life in the capital can be intensely political. High Elf culture places significant social burdens on everyone, and people are constantly under scrutiny from family members and political rivals alike. The traditions of arranging marriages has also become a bone of contention with the younger generation, who don’t see the preservation of the ancient elven bloodlines with the same value as the older generation does.

Why are people from here going to the Forgotten Continent:
The majority of those making the trip are High Elves, drawn to return to their ancient homeland by the call of their perceived ‘birthright’. A few of the more devout religious groups on the island have also made an effort to propagate themselves to the island in search of converts, as religious groups are prone to do.

RECENT REVELATIONS
- The Wyvernori Government, known as the Conclave, has deep ties to the organization known as the Dark Hand.
- Azriel’s Grandfather (Narcillo Xellune) is a central figure in this government, helping to lead the New Conclave towards the same ends as the one that first encountered the Eldrich – to attempt to harness that power for their own ends.
- There is an Eldricharum sealed away beneath the dormant volcano near the centre of the Island. Tyndolion claims it was once a king in the south, and it wandered there trying to find it’s way back home after the world was sundered. It is a being of perpetual fire, and the New Conclave has been using it in experiments for some time. This discovery is what led Tyndolion Lanothar to form his splinter group in an attempt to locate and contact Lapatra on the Forgotten Continent.

The Wyvern Isles

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