Shield of Colren
Lanasu's forbidding chalky brown cliffs stand at the gateway to the Kingdom of Colren, just as they did centuries ago. Faithful guardians: once the pride of Ameral, now the pride of Colren.Oft referred to as "Colren's Shield", Lanasu is a small island, fifty-four kilometers long and nine kilometers at its widest. It serves as the capital of Lanasu Province, in the eastern borderlands of the Kingdom of Colren. Its strategic location confers both military and economic benefits for the Kingdom.
– Federation Commander Aryl Aban, musing on the rise of Colren
Lanasu is shaped somewhat like a ship, coincidentally being a major naval base for Colren. Cliffs jut from both the western and eastern coasts, providing a natural defense from invaders. The coastal areas are rocky and host a light mixed forest, while further inland the forestation is heavier and the land is flatter. The western shore is generally more hospitable towards cities, and most of the island’s twelve thousand inhabitants reside there. It contains the coast guard base, the capital, and several smaller towns along the coastline. On the eastern shore, owing to the dearth of flat land beneath the cliffs, there are only three major settlements: two on lava plains beneath the cliffs, and one drilled and nailed into the side of the cliff (Liton Tais). These serve as centers for trade and military, with the Colrian Eastern Fleet based in Port Adan. Further inland, the Central "Plain" is, in general, drier and harder to access. The soil quality is poorer than on the coast, and owing to this and the fact that you need to ascend cliffs of several hundred feet to reach it, there are no major settlements, with only small farming villages of a few dozen sustaining themselves on the land. However, due to the good vantage point the cliffs provide, reconnaissance posts are maintained at strategic villages.
Flora & Fauna
What life the Crimson Oak doth breathe,
Her scarlet flowers of summer grow,
Her branches hang above in wreaths,
Her redwood roots deeper sink below.
Ode to the Crimson Oak, Cicera
The island of Lanasu has a maritime climate. A mixed forest covers forty percent of the land, composed mostly of Monarch Pine and the Crimson Oak. The rest of the land has either been converted permanently to farmland or urban areas for cities.
Lanasu Mixed Forest by Kahuroa
Many natural resources come from the endemic plants and animals. Multiculture farming, as well as the remnants of luck-fields from the magisters, boost crop and livestock outputs. The location near a subduction zone also means there is plenty of accessible ore near settlements, which have been mined extensively. Notable finished materials Lanasars export include Aeramen-built ships, considered of the best quality, specially forged steel and bronze, prized for its hardness, and a light, pure tasting beer brewed from the Eastern Pipe.
- Alternative Name(s)
- Colren's Shield, Gatekeeper of the West (Federation) or East (Kingdom of Colren), Long Brown Line (insult)
- Location under
- Ironfoot Isles
- Included Locations
- Governor Larisa Kole
- Owning Organization
- Kingdom of Colren
- Contested By
- Related Professions
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