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Ankalar
« on: July 23, 2004, 01:21:51 AM »
This setting is based on the RPG; "The meeting at Rhur Corell" wich is currently being played in the moderate forum.
I will develop this setting as the game grows.
There are certain things I can not post until the characters have "gamed" them. This is because it might reveal information the characters are not aware of yet. And if the players know, it might take some of the gaming joy away.
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The Region of Ankalar
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004, 02:49:03 AM »
The Region of Ankalar

The Region of Ankalar is a vast territory in a temperated zone in the lands of "unknown". The southern parts of Ankalar are partly sub tropical.
Ankalar is known as the Kingless lands. It is mainly composed of uncharted
territory and small strips of land claimed by self appointed rulers.
It is dominated by the great forest of Corell that lies in the middle of the region. In the outskirts of northern Corell lies the plains of Lyonelle where small woods of Pine trees and Gran are scattered. This is a country of rugged hills and low valleys. To the east of Lyonelle is the small wood of Kestor, Kestor is the home of many cottages and small woodcutter villages.
Thalion to the west is one of the larger strips of land which is inhabited. Thalion is ruled by a merciless Lord which seeks to enlarge his territories to the east.  

To the the south are the great mountains of Halidon, the mountains are also known as the wall of the south.

Areas of Ankalar

Main Corell- Parts of Corell are pastoral, some of it farmed and inhabited.
There are many Lords and rulers that occupies different parts of Corell.
Open wars between these small realms of the forest has not been seen since the Morian time*. The uncharted land in Corell is basically located at its heart, Rhur. The wood was in the elder days the home of the wild men which they are now called. It was believed for a period of time after the Morian wars, that they had been driven out of Corell and vanished in the Halidon mountains. But wild men has once again been spotted at the outskirts of the forest heart. Corell is a lush forest with many clearings, roads, farmland, and small villages.

The trees and terrain of Corell

The forest is composed of a variety of trees and vegetation, some known and named, some not.

Eik- There are many species of different Oak in Corell, the general term for these trees in Corell are Eik. Eik`s are the most regular trees in all of Corell.

Asp- Asp are the most gnarled trees in Corell, they can reach the age of a thousand years. Their trunks are deformed and twisted with a deep brown color.

Blod Bøk- Also known as "Laments of the Dead", since their`s is the color of dried blood. Their trunks are of a fine sand like color and wery smooth.

Popple- Also known as "Singers", they are quite tall with smooth trunks and
straight branches. Their leaves are round and "sing" in the wind.

The forest can become quite thick with vegetation some places, especially
at the heart. Rhur is also heavy with underbrush.

Rhur Corell- Rhur Corell is the deep dark heart of the forest, the pagan wild men of old made a stone circle here to indicate that this was the wery heart of Corell.

Lyonelle- Lyonelle is a land of small pine forests, rugged hills, and small lakes, all scattered in a great plain. This land is hard to farm due to the earth being low on minerals and rich on different kinds of moss.
There are small settlements here which live in stone fortresses of some forgotten king. They dig minerals such as Gold, Silver, and small amounts of Obsidian which they trade for other goods. There is a nomad people in Lyonelle called the Amkher.

Kestor- The Kestor wood is the home of many woodcutter villages which are controlled by local lords. Feudalism stands strong in Kestor. There are often small battles fought over strips of land. In the middle of Kestor is the village of Kest, this is close to what a western man would call a city.
Kest is neutral and does not belong to any lord, it is a place of trade.
Kestor wood is a dangerous place to travel due to bandits and brigands.

Thalion- Thalion is home to one of the grater lords in Ankalor, Lord Antar Sengel. Lord Antar is originally from the mountains of Halidon. But after the Morian war he stayed in Thalion and became the new Lord of the people.
Thalion is expanding its borders to the east into the wood of Corell, taking the dwellers of the wood under its rule. By force or not, though little resistance has been offered from the scattered woodmen.

Halidon- Halidon is composed of large mountain cliffs, this land is harsh and brutal.It is the home of many different tribes which was considered barbarians before they aided the alliance in the Morian wars.
There are some lush valleys to be found scattered in the mountain range.
The Halidon mountains are also known as "the wall of the south".

To come;  The wild men
               The history of Rhur
               Tribes of Halidon
               The nomads of Lyonelle
               The castles of Lyonelle
               Beasts of Ankalor
               Wall of the south
               The Morian wars
               The story of Thalion
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2004, 04:39:06 PM »
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This land is hard to farm due to the earth being low on minerals and rich on different kinds of moss.


It would seem that a land rich with different kinds of moss would have abundant, and thick topsoil, much like the peat of Ireland. Perhaps it would be better to say that the land is hard to farm because of overfarming, which would explain the mineral depletion. It could also be the presence of ome sort of pest that liberally destroys crops, like grubworms, locusts, etc. Just an observation.

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They dig minerals such as Gold, Silver, and small amounts of Obsidian which they trade for other goods.


Where did the obsidian come from? Obsidian is volcanic glass and I see no mention, or indication of volcanic activity in the area. Possible substitute materials - jet, onyx, black chalcedony.

Otherwise, It looks pretty good.


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Moss,minerals and obsidian
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2004, 06:53:12 PM »
The low on minerals, high on moss thing is wery possible. The Highlands of Norway is a good example on that. I could give a better description on how this works though...
Concerning the Obsidian; I do know that Obsidian is volcanic glass!
Would you really like me to explain that millions of years ago there was volcanic activity in this area?
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2004, 11:43:35 AM »
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Lyonelle is a land of small pine forests, rugged hills, and small lakes, all scattered in a great plain.


Doesn't sound much like an area that has had volcanic activity. There was once volcanic activity in the South West US though it has been dead for a very long time. Despite this, there are spires of freestanding stone that was once the core of the volcano. The shield of ash had eroded away leaving only the granite/basalt that cooled in the vent of the volcano.

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Would you really like me to explain that millions of years ago there was volcanic activity in this area?


In Norway, no. In Lyonelle, yes please.


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