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land of the UNHOLY (the Darklands)

Country of the Darklands

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[country name:: Darklands

[ruling species:: Empyreans

[native language:: Common

[capital:: Neraka

[monarch(s):: Cylene Slithersteel

about;;

Millirand is an ancient Realm, once proud and powerful, and is the original home of the great Dragon Royals. Now however, devastating wars in the past, and the splitting of the Ten, have resulted in a fallen Realm given in to despair. The once-mighty dragons have been reduced to a bare minimum, and the various kingdoms have turned their focus on their own personal matters. However, despite that, Millirand remains a Realm of beauty, mystery, and magic.

[Darklands; land of the unholy-//]

In ancient times, four kingdoms allied together to oppose Kazule and his kingdom, and waged a brutal war against Jes're'en. However, their combined might wasn't enough to gain victory, and they were annihilated, their country left a desolate wasteland, with only scattered ruins left as evidence the land was once inhabited. However, rumors and legends claim that there are cities hidden far beneath the surface.

cities;;

KADRATH:
RACE: empyrean. LEADER: Belas (NPC). TIER: three.
LANGUAGE(S): Common. ALLEGIANCE: Slithersteel.

APPEARANCE: Little exists on the surface of the mighty fortress that once stood there, but the fortress-city beneath the ground is every bit as grand as the one that once stood on the surface. Mighty stone gates ward off any would-be interlopers, and a vast parade ground surrounded by numerous barracks stand near a towering citadel that reached from the cavern floor to its ceiling.

CULTURE: Kadrath is the headquarters for the majority of the Slithersteel military, and frequent military exercises take place on the city's parade ground. Much like Neraka, Kadrath never sleeps, and part of its army stands ready to oppose any invader at a moment's notice.

NERAKA:
RACE: empyrean. LEADER: Cylene Slithersteel. TIER: four.
LANGUAGE(S): Common. ALLEGIANCE: Slithersteel.

APPEARANCE: A massive, spell-blasted spire made of dark stone towers high above the scattered ruins around its base, its top reaching the dark, low-lying clouds that blanket the skies above the Darklands. Within the spire, numerous labyrinthine passageways twist and turn, with many in ruins. However, deep beneath the surface, a vast city lies within a series of vast caverns, hewn from stone, and reinforced with solid steel. Lit by an eerie glow from enchanted gemstones, the base of the spire above serves as a palace.

CULTURE: The heart of the Darklands, Neraka is the capitol city of the secretive Empyreans. Hidden from the light of the sun, moon, and stars, Neraka never sleeps. Metal ore from beneath the Darklands is brought to Neraka for refining, while activity on the surface is closely monitored by scout reports and scrying.

RAVEKOS:
RACE: empyrean, various. LEADER: Immortan (NPC). TIER: two.
LANGUAGE(S): Common. ALLEGIANCE: Slithersteel.

APPEARANCE: The only Empyrean city that lies on the surface, Ravekos is tucked up against a steep, jagged mountain range, and divided into upper and lower sections. The lower section is reserved for non-Empyreans who hope to one day earn the right to become Empyreans themselves, or who are undergoing indoctrination. The upper section possesses far better housing and accommodations than the lower.

CULTURE: Ravekos is the only city in the Darklands to have non-Empyreans living in it, although most of them are either aspiring to be or are on their way to being Empyreans themselves. Slithersteel indoctrination takes place among those who live in the lower section, and the Empyreans keep them in line by controlling the only clean water in the city, which is pumped up from underground.

SKAARA:
RACE: empyrean. LEADER: Kreya (NPC). TIER: one.
LANGUAGE(S): Common. ALLEGIANCE: Slithersteel.

APPEARANCE: A number of near-intact structures lie beneath the waves, and secreted among the underwater ruins is the entrance to Skaara. The lower halls and chambers of Skaara are underwater, while the upper reaches are dry. Numerous gates and traps serve as strong deterrents to potential interlopers. The city itself is a mixture of carved stone and coral, and gleaming metal enchanted to resist corrosion.

CULTURE: Skaara serves as a secret way for Empyreans to reach the surface of the Darklands, as well as keep a close watch on any approaching vessels. Any vessel deemed to be snooping too close to where it shouldn't be, or carrying artifacts or people that could reveal the existence of the Empyreans is sunk, and its crew and passengers slaughtered. Within the city, artifacts recovered from beneath the sea are examined, and sent to Neraka for further study and use.

UNGOR:
RACE: empyrean. LEADER: Adamar (NPC). TIER: one.
LANGUAGE(S): Common. ALLEGIANCE: Slithersteel.

APPEARANCE: Smoldering pits and scattered stones stand as mute testament to the destruction delivered upon the Darklands in days long past. But beneath the surface, Ungor has been rebuilt. Little more than a series of haphazard structures at the heart of a twisting sprawl of mineshafts and tunnels, this city is the primary source for the raw metals refined in Neraka.

CULTURE: The mines of Ungor are a hotbed of activity. Slithersteel demands copious amounts of raw metals, and the Empyreans toil endlessly to extract it from the stone. When not engaged in mining operations, Ungor oversees expeditions into the various cavern systems that connect the underground domains, and implements reinforcing supports where the rock has been weakened.

landmarks;;

Grimmendeep
A deep gorge filled with geysers and vents spewing toxic fumes, and glistening with dark, oily pools. The fumes can incapacitate or kill an unprepared individual in minutes, forcing would-be explorers to take strong measures to protect themselves. The gorge is steep-sided, and difficult to traverse.
Howling Wastes
A large, barren, wind-swept plain. The winds make a mournful howling sound as they whip through the scattered ruins and rocky crags, as if bewailing the destruction that wrecked the land. The sounds range from soft moans to loud shrieking, and can hide the sounds of approaching feet or wings, and the wind often causes raging dust storms, further adding to the difficulty in crossing the plains.
Kurdan's Tomb:
A trilaterally symmetrical dark metal arch extends above a large, black stone mausoleum half-submerged in a dark, oily bog. Little record can be found referencing the tomb, or who might be interred in it, but few can get close due to the malevolent aura surrounding it. Even glimpsing the tomb from a distance leaves people with the feeling that something evil was watching them, and few dare turn their backs on the tomb.
Scarclaw Ridge
A jagged mountain range scoured of all plant life and soil, leaving bare stone exposed to the elements. Treacherous footing discourages casual exploration, and one misstep can mean a deadly fall. Sarka have been spotted in the mountains, adding to the dangers they pose, and other deadly creatures have been reported as well. Numerous caves can be found, often serving as lairs for hostile creatures.
Stygian Slough
A depression in the ground filled with a bubbling, steaming, oily substance. Noxious vapors capable of killing a grown person in seconds occasionally billow out of the rancid muck, and even magic isn't always enough to prevent someone from breathing the vapors. Adventurers and other explorers tend to keep a healthy distance from the Slough.
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