Anidara - The Southern Daughter
Anidara is certainly more amiable than her sisters. Sure the climate may be a little drier, but at least we don't have to contend with storms of divine magnitude or blood-freezing blizzards here.Youngest and smallest of Tyanis's Daughters, Anidara is a land of rolling hills and endless, windswept plains. A land where ancient cities and nomadic clans dwell in the shadow of the Dawn Wall's sky-piercing peaks. A land of ancient tribes and young nations, luscious forests and ashen wastelands. Anidara is, without a doubt, a continent as varied as its inhabitants.
Over the River and Into the Hills
The Land between the StreamsAlthough not as massive as the Elenis, the Ion has several bridges build over it. The lands behind it count among the most fertile in the entire world. Reason for this are the three great streams of Anidara, the aforementioned Ion, the wild Efrin and the leisurely Tiganari, as well as the myriad of minor rivers and streams that feed them. Vast farms and plantations stretch in all directions, the land cramped with villages, towns and large cities. Odd to outsiders may be the fact that even the smallest village possesses strong fortifications, mini castles in every sense of the word. A necessity, as the flat expanse is dominated by cavalry armies and raids from the west could devastate an entire region with frightening speed.
Green Heart of a Continentlegendary kingdom that existed here many millennia ago. Sometimes ruins are still found and to the people of the western coast, it is a holy place. The cradle of their people. Stolen by foreign invader. Unlike the eastern plains, where the rivers make the earth fertile, the dry climate of Anidara has created a vast expanse of steppe here. Only occasionally is the monotony broken by chains of hills or small forests.
From the endless chain that is the Dawn Wall, the Reach stretches all the way toward Aniadara's northern coast. Similar to Vardania, its coast is a mess of jagged cliffs and stretches of flat coastal plain. Here, where in ancient time the Ferans settled, the plain of the Hegathi Coast melds into a series of steep hills that separate it from the interior. Several Vardanian colonies and castles exist here, remnants left by the Tarquinnian Hegemony.
Without a doubt the very core of central Anidara. The cities of Peshara and Shura, the largest cities in the south of the world. Cosmopolitan metropolises, melting pot of the various tribes that repeatedly invaded from the Outer Lands. Often seen as one, massive city, they represent the cultural, economic and political centre of the continent. As the old saying goes, he who controls Pesh-Shura controls Anidara.
In the far south of the Reach, one will come across an awe-inspiring sight. A jagged cut splits the Dawn Wall here, hundreds of kilometres wide. This is the only known passage into the lands beyond, the Outer Lands. An endless, empty plain. Few would want to settle here, for the earth becomes hard and dry. Only fools would think the Outer Lands empty though for it is from here that all the invaders of ages past have come.
The Trail WestFurther west, the flat steppe slowly morphs into rougher terrain. From northern coast to southern wall, the Western Highlands swell. Anidara's Mark as some call it, the scar tissue leftover from the Oblivion Hour. A labyrinthine mess of jagged cliffs shadowed canyons and broken hills. Primordial forest still covers much of this land and it is here that the fiercest and most barbarian of Anidara's tribes still reside. The common southerner fears these regions and even the most harmless of stories on them are rife with cannibalism and cultists intrigue.
While the hinterland may be barbarian, the Golden Coast presents a bastion of civilization in western Anidara. Once tales had sung of enormous gold veins in the area, giving the coast its name. And even though said tales had been lies, merely spun to draw in settlers, the milder climate and fertile earth, made for a good place to settle down. From Cetara in the far south to Tojara on Tyanis Wound, dozens if not hundreds of small cities dot the coast. This is the last bastion of the ancient Anidaran civilization, those tribes that lived here since the Time of Twilight.
Arran is the land in between the Highlands and infernal jungles of Inferna. Largely arid and sparsely populated, it is the last treeless stretch of land for over a thousand kilometres. Ruins of past civilizations, signs that this area was once as fertile as the rest of Anidara, spring from dusty earth. In modern times, they are dominated by mighty fortifications and its inhabitants, small in number but hardy and warlike, are in a constant state of war with the Kha'ali Rushtra, those monstrous invaders that descended from the Dawn Wall.
Scars of the Cataclysm
It is quite interesting that Anidara never played an important role in world politics, but served as the origin for so many things that did. Iron-working, the Ferans and Akitians, Krigan the Kingslayer...the list goes on and on. And yet the world thinks of Anidara as a backwater, a lesser part of Tyanis so to speak.
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