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The Big Book of Andrune


Introduction

My life’s work. The culmination of decades spent trekking across Aolyth and the Hibernian Archipelago. But before I share her stories with you, reader, I would like to thank all who’ve walked beside me: Eustace Borein, Alaric Whiston, Merry Cobbledrum, Henry Rowley I, and Magistrix Lilith. I should also like to thank the explorers, archaeologists, botanists, cryptozoologists, historians, and native peoples who have aided in my research.

-Iglek Blacktooth


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Chapter I. Pre-History of Hiberanea

Our knowledge of early Hiberanea is largely derived from written and oral Tuathan histories. The time before the elves’ arrival is filled with uncertainy. We know that a race of horned giants called the Fomorians ruled Aolyth. Their philosopher kings commanded powerful magic, and they kept man, halfling, and goblin as slaves. The Tuatha claim that Hiberanea was once a goddess whom the Fomorians slew to steal her power. In doing so their sorcery sundered the very spirit into the isle into the elves and fey, who waged a terrible war against the giants and destroyed all traces of their existence.


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Chapter II. Ancient History of Hiberanea

For untold millennia the now mortal elves, and the newly liberated Firbolg, Halfling, and Goblin peoples lived as nomadic tribes on Hiberanea – all paying homage to the isle’s innumerable fey spirits. Strong and hardy as they were the Firbolg struggled for survival against the more prolific goblins, and craftier elves. The Tuatha say they took pity on the Firbolg and taught them to the druidic arts.

Now able to shape the land through magic the Firbolg thrived. They built a great kingdom in which all the tribes were united beneath a single high king. But such a kingdom demanded land, stone, and lumber. Their hunger for resources worried the elves, fearful of losing their sacred forests. The Tuathan chiefs met in secret where they decided to put an end to the Firbolg. Together the elves besieged the castle of the High King Eochaid and slew him. There was much infighting afterwards, and in a matter of decades their millennia-old kingdom was no more.


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Chapter III. Early History of Andrune

In -140 D.R. Aarus the Exile along with a host of pilgrims arrived on Hiberanea’s shores. This marks the beginning of the Andrunese Calendar at 1000 E.A. The true purpose of his journey is lost to the ages. The most popular theory is that Aarus was a prophet who foresaw the second and third deaths of the goddess of magic. He brought his people to Hiberanea to build a mighty Kingdom where his people would be unharmed by the spellplague. Some dissidents argue that he was not a prophet per se, but a netherese sorcerer who sought to refine and re-attempt Karsus’ folly to steal power from the gods. He was driven from his home, and sought out the Isle for the energies and power she holds.

Aarus and his pilgrims made camp in the ruins that would be become Avendel. In the following years Aarus’ empire expanded rapidly as he made war and peace with the native peoples. At the same time the gods of the isle grew silent and the elves could not hope to oppose him. As before there are two popular explanations. Scholars of the Exile argue the gods of the Isle saw their time was at an end, and passed stewardship to a worthy mortal. The Tuatha, however, claim Aarus trapped many of the native fey and stole their power.

Following the Exile’s death in 1052 E.A his son resumed the throne. The position of Emperor, however, was always intended to be symbolic. The true rulers of Andrune were its Barons: the warriors who accompanied Aarus in his conquest of Hiberanea.


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Chapter IV. Modern History of Andrune

Olivia's revolt is the defining conflict of modern Andrune. After the coronation of the Emperor Calvert II in 1434 Avendel was soon awash with rumors of the young Emperor's madness. The next decade was marked with several mysterious arrests and disappearances of prominent heroes, patricians, and scholars. The outer Baronies - fearing for their families in Avendel - gathered their armies under the banner of Duchess Olivia Le'tnesh and marched on the capital. Weeks were spent pursuing the Emperor Calvert through the underworks before he met his end at Olivia's sword. The Emperor's closest adviser, the sorceress Naeva, was never captured. It is a commonly held belief that Lady Naeva, and the Great Witch, are one in the same and that it was her influence that corrupted Calvert II.

Over the next 60 years Andrune fractured into a collection of independant Baronies and city states. During that time Avendel was governed by the Corwin family who have long had standing in the Imperial Guard. The Library, a tight-knit association of wizards based in Avendel, grew in power that they rivaled the city's nobility. All other arcane associations were disbanded, and the Library created for itself the responsibility of hunting rogue sorcerers and supernatural threats.

The Baron Wars, or Reclamation, began in 1491. The more powerful of the Avendel-based families: the Corwins, Ebonhearts, and Illareths combined their armies and began to reconquer the now-independent Baronies under the Exile's [sign in to see URL] faced stiff resistance from Canneth's Reach and Highmarch who had flourished in the absence of imperial rule and were unwilling to return. The Baron Wars ended when Durinham was left crippled by the undead hordes of the lich Crowley. If not for the timely intervention of Baron Xavier Illareth the city would have been lost.

In 1502 the young Aarus V, great nephew of Calvert the Black, was crowned Emperor.

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Chapter V. Geographical Regions

The Isle of Aolyth is typically divided into two major sub-regions: the northern highlands which make up the bulk of the landmass, and southern rainforests that comprise the bulk of the imperial population. Separating the two are the Stormcrest Mountains.

Northern Highlands:

Bodkin Forest
A beautiful and ever-winding forest at the base of the mountain it is home to a small village of farmers and huntsman ruled by Lord Rowley. Though they hunt little game and have cleared little forest to farm, its people have managed to live in peace for untold centuries – some say because of strange pacts made with fey creatures.

Canneth’s Reach
A thin peninsula of fertile lowlands separated from the Irontooth Highlands by the Emain River. It is magically scarred by the Baron Wars and rife with magical anamolies and the walking dead.

Irontooth Highlands
Untapped mineral wealth lies beneath these scrubby highlands. Difficult to cultivate the native farmers, and their Firbolg ancestors, use them for grazing sheep. Roving orc bands are a constant danger.

The Emain River
This fierce river cuts east to west through the highland, from sea to sea.

Thorneymoor
These scrubby pine barrens are the home and hunting grounds of the Rowleys, kept wild as a game preserve. The ruins of a Firbolg King’s, Connobar’s, Castle lie scattered throughout woodland.

Stormcrests:

Brokenbow Forest
This frozen cliff-side forest offers an impressive view of Badger Lake, just beneath it. It has long been the home of wild men, claiming to be descended from Firbolg Kings, and worship the hunt-god Erawyn. Their power has diminished in recent years as the Huntress, a cruel fey who led them, met her end at the hands of the alchemist Numos. The forest is also known to be a nesting site for Aolythian Wyvern.

Dragon’s Teeth
This foreboding and jagged expanse is home to many well-preserved Fomorian ruins. Although the Empire has explored most of them, they’re fiercely guarded by indigenous giants. The entrance to the Dwarvish Hold of Khaz’Nazim is also found here.

The Regal River
Twin to the Brandywine, the regal river runs northward and feeds the Emain.

Southern Woodlands:

Ancients’ Rise
Along the eastern coast, Ancients’ Rise is a seldom traveled route from Moonveil into the Stormcrests. Rune Giants, the decrepit descendants of the Fomorians, often prey on travelers for food and slaves. An order of paladins, dedicated Torm, dwelled here briefly in E.A. 1508.

Badger Lake
Badger lake is an enormous freshwater lake found in southwestern Aolyth. Numerous farmsteads, many of which feed Avendel, have been constructed around its shores and rely on it for irrigation.

Brandywine River
Running down from the Stormcrests, feeding Badger Lake, and flowing into the trackless sea the Brandywine has proven an invaluable source of irrigation for the Empire.

Kings’ March
Situated near Avendel it is one of two reliable paths into the Stormcrests and an important trade route, frequently patrolled by imperial soldiers. It was once the site of a great battle between King Eochaid’s warriors and the Dawnstrider elves.

Moonveil Forest
This temperate rainforest of southeastern Aolyth is grown from ancient oaks and firs. Its canopy is so dense there are parts of the forest untouched by sunlight. It is rife with fey influences, werewolves especially. And as the ancestral home of the war-like Shadowpine elves it has seen much bloodshed; most recently the entire port of Rivenmaur was destroyed when its inhabitants were transformed into werewolves.


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