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The Illuban Kingdom

If someone ever needed proof for how fast a civilization can be swept away by the tides of war, the Illuban Kingdom it just that. Even half of the Hundred Years War was enough to wipe away most of its royals and with them, their culture. By the end, most cities were gone, and what was left fell into the greedy hands of their neighbours.   And yet, it is also the proof that nothing ever vanished without a trace.
Father Regmund, chronicler of Bahrins Rest

History

The Fall of Illuban

The Illuban Kingdom was a victim of the Hundred Years War, even though its stakes in the war were minimal. Ruling the vast meadows of Illubardor all around the elven forests in the north of the continent they first and foremost lived off the trade with both elves and dwarfs. But as King Albrin Darksteel's armies started marching southward, the interest in goods ultimately reaching the enemy dwindled and with it so did the riches of the Illuban people.   When the elven clans of the north heeded the call for help of their sisters in the south, Albrin sent his men to stop them. Their armies clashed right in Illuban territory, forcing the kingdom to choose a side. With the first signs of Albrin's corruption showing, they decided to fight alongside the elves, but soon found themselves overrun by the dwarves. As the war raged on in the north, the front moved back and forth and left behind nothing but chaos and destruction. The last king of Illuban died 3437 NV. Even though he had no relatives to claim the throne, most of his lords continued to fight under his banner, hoping to claim the throne one the war was over. However, by the time of the last battle at what is today known as Dago'Medui most of their tows were burned, most of their cities in ruins and most of the lords were long dead. There was no kingdom left to continue with.
 

What is Left

Ruins

Many once grand llluban places all over the continent are now uninhabited and in ruins. Some have been plundered, some haven't and from time to time draw adventurers to them. Some others have been repurposed and have found new inhabitants.

Values

While not much of the ideals and values of the Illuban Kingdom survived the war, the people who did, shared one common sentiment: They were tired of war and racial tensions in the area. It was this spirit, and these people, that led to the founding of Bahrins Rest.

Armies

Few soldiers and noblemen survived the war, but those who did were left with no home to return to and no kingtom to protect. Yet, they had spent all their lives fighting and knew little of life in times of peace. These men and women soon became bands of bandits and mercenaries, with their leaders referred to as the Roving Lords. Without a permanent home, they nomadically live off the land west of the Rararí river.

Infrastructure

The Illubans had created a well-built infrastructure to support their kingdom. In the far north, further up than the elven forests, some of it survived and is now controlled by the orcs of the Stormrage Clan, who expanded their territory further inward.

Territories

The Illuban Kingdom extended from the west coast of Illubardor to beyond the eastern border of what today is the city-state of Bahrins Rest, leaving only a small stripe of land to the orcs of the Stormrage Clan. It reached the shore in the north of the continent and extended to the foothills of Heleg'Fotar, surrounding both the elven forests of the Wildflower Clan and the Moonlight Clan, as well as the city-state of Silmond.
Type
Geopolitical, Kingdom
Demonym
Illuban
Neighboring Nations

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14 Jul, 2018 20:03

Nice layout work; could use some more details and definitely some images to set the tone and mood. That'd be my first reaction type of feedback!

14 Jul, 2018 22:28

Hey! Thanks for your feedback and support. I might have to go back over the article and add some detail once SummerCamp is over and I had time to think about how all of this fits into my narrative. I've added a cover image that sets a mood of "everything is lost", but I'm not entirely sure it's the right thing to go for. It's hard to depict what isn't there.

15 Jul, 2018 07:24

I like the detail that you have given to this nation, would like to see how this progresses after the summer camp. Of course unless someone puts some serious effort into destroying a culture, there'll always be something left behind, like the Roving Lords.

15 Jul, 2018 11:38

Thanks for your feedback! Progress after the Summer Camp mostly depends on what my RPG groups do. If they encounter one of the Roving Lords or some of the ruins, I'll update some things here.

14 Jul, 2018 23:53

This is a neat little article. Good work!

15 Jul, 2018 00:45

Thank you very much!

15 Jul, 2018 02:13

I like how you used the space oft the article to convey the history of the place. A little more detail would be nice, especially regarding the reason why the war started, and though you said they did not have much stake in the battles, I am curious as to why they didn't have much stake in them, since they were a trade focused nation and the war cut off their ability to trade.

15 Jul, 2018 12:09

Unpacking the Hundred Years War is a beast of its own that deserves being dealt with in a separate article. Information on the war is a bit scattered over different articles right now because the military conflict template didn't exist when I wrote the remainder of this region.   In short, one of the reasons for the Hundred Years war to start was that the elves have managed to establish power over the other countries on the continent through the Council of Illubardor, with the main victims of their abuse being the dwarves of Heleg'Fotar. Their king, Albrin Darksteel, was befallen by a demonic influence which incited a even stronger hatred for elves in him than he had before.
As such, the war was mainly a conflict between elves and dwarfs. All other countries were caught in a conflict of interests: To strengthen their powers they'd have to side with the dwarves, but by moral and tradition they'd have to support the elves.
Many - such as the city-state of Silmond - chose to stay neutral and were largely untouched by the war's devastation. The Illuban Kingdom might have a strong interest in ending the war, but not in participating in it. Unfortunately, the war was waged on their territory, forcing them to get involved.

15 Jul, 2018 06:55

Well written mate good job, I suppose a few images would have been great.

15 Jul, 2018 11:40

Thanks! If I come across some fitting imagery, I'll add it.

15 Jul, 2018 19:30

Congrats on your feature in World Anvil's Summer Camp Roundup for Week 2!