The Continent of Esar
The teetering Empire of Esara dominates the island continent of Esar. Protected by unfriendly seas and stark, severe cliffs on its northern coast with few safe ports to speak of, Esar is home to unfamiliar customs, beliefs, and peoples to the lands of Alorian and A’run – empires have risen and fallen in these lands never known to the peoples of the North and East. Official trade and diplomacy with the Esaran Empire is only accomplished through the port of Jedaal City, a vassal state of the mainland. The Western rim of Esar is mostly jungle, and populated by the dangerous nations of Chemesh and Toruch, who are distrusting, arrogant and murderous when encountering peoples from outside their borders. The North and East of the continent are firmly under the control of the empire, while the South spills blood in open rebellion against the Jade Throne in Edain. The Esarans worship dragonkind, and dragons and their kin factor strongly in Esaran politics, art, and military. Chemesh and Turuch, however, are fervent worshipers of the Snake god and its offspring.
|Esaran Empire||L||Edain||Crumbling empire of ziggurats and dragon kin struggling to hold together after many years of bloody war. Land of dead dragons. Strong religious caste of Dragon Priests. Known for drake-riding knights. Separation between the High Esar (blooded dragonborn) and those without draconic blood. Ruled by a great dragon-Empress.||Proud, Intelligent||Inflexible, Arrogant||Strong Monarchy|
|Jedaal||N||Jedaal City||Semi-Autonomous province mostly loyal to the Esaran Empire. Great isle supporting a massive port where all sea commerce to and from the Esaran Empire must pass. Anchored by the Holy City of Jedaal, where the gods were made to remove themselves from the Cunaerai. Ruled by a venerable dragon. Cosmopolitan, full of faiths, and dangerous.||Cosmopolitan, World-Wise||Rude, Selfish||Strong Vassal State|
|Rurusk||N||Dragonhall||Vassal state to Esaran Empire in open rebellion. Kobolds in the mountains and under the hills. Isolated fortresses manned by knights and drake-riders loyal to the Empress remain. A few powerful dragons linger here, gathering treasures and sowing discord.||Proud, Defiant||Cruel, Impetuous||Rebellious Vassal State|
|Chemesh||C||Ochoanatal||Isolated former frontier realm of the Esaran Empire, now overrun by snake-men from the South.||Strong, Tactical||Cruel, Merciless||Strong Monarchy|
|Toruch||C||Xicur||Former province of the Esaran Empire, lost during the War of Scales, now a mostly lawless land with pockets of Imperial Law and those struggling against the Empire. Strange battleground lands between Esaran Empire and Chemesh, currently mix between Imperial sympathizers and those under the thrall of the worshippers of the snake.||Independent, Survivalists||Brutish, Wrathful||Strong Individual City States|