Ska'arin is a continent in the eastern section of Aand. It is known for it's devotion to the arcane arts and progress. It has a long standing feud with the nation of Cindarin. It's capitol is Sunsarin.
Cities[edit | edit source]
Points of Interest[edit | edit source]
- Sundered Shore
- This is the Skanish side of the split between Cindarin and Ska'arin. At the top of the cliffs is the Sarun Forest, named after the first ruler of Ska'arin.
- Sarun Forest
- This forest at the top of the Sundered Shore is where most of the lumber for Ska'arin comes from. The forest is fairly safe, housing multiple small elf settlements.
- Snow Spike Mountains
- These mountains form the southern point of Ska'arin and are perpetually covered in snow. Many monsters live in these mountains and it's even believed a Yeti lives there.
History[edit | edit source]
Tyrannical Age[edit | edit source]
Throughout most of the Tyrannical Age, Cindarin and Ska'arin were one continent knows as Arin. It was ruled by the Eincler Empire, a brutal empire that subjected most of it's subjects to slavery. The Eincler Empire was incredibly adept at preventing any organization amongst it's populace which prevented most uprisings from ever getting off the ground. The rebellions that did happen were few and short-lived, usually ending after a single decisive battle and ensuing execution of all surviving rebels. The capitol (located in current Cleviffe) was a castle fortress known as The Stone. There wasn't much of a surrounding town since there weren't many residents that weren't slaves.
The leadership of the empire passed to the oldest heir at all times until the final emperor. This emperor had twin boys as his oldest children. His advisers recommended selecting the one that had been born first, but no one knew for sure which one was first. The emperor, not wanting to upset his children, put off making a final decision for as long as possible. Finally, after falling deathly ill, the emperor tasked both boys with taking up residence in one of the major castles and ruling over the people in that domain to determine who would be the better ruler. The two castles were The Stone and The Sun, the two biggest castles in the empire. Obviously, both boys wanted to rule in the capital so they dueled over it. The boy named Cindun won the duel and got the Stone while the other boy, Skaris, moved to the Sun to begin his test there.
After a scant 2 days, the emperor died suddenly without making a decision. Many theorize that Cindun killed him after taking control of the Stone, thinking he could easily win support as emperor since he was ruling in the capitol. Either way, both boys still wanted to be emperor. Cindun had already scorned many nobles in his short time in power, so had trouble gathering full support from them, but, he gained the support of most of the military, promising much wealth and influence. Skaris, however, had charmed many of the nobles in the south in his few days ruling, and they supported his claim.
Given his seat in the capitol, it's strategic advantage, and his greater military might, Cindun seemed to have secured the empire for himself. However, Skaris found a old wizard that lived as a hermit far in the south. After spending a great deal of time convincing the wizard to aid him, Skaris went with the wizard to level the Stone, planning to kill Cindun. Cindun heard rumors of the their approach however and traveled to ply him the way he did the military. Meeting in the middle of what was originally the Stony Plain, the two brothers argued over who would get to use the wizard in much the same way they'd argued like children over the empire. The wizard grew tired of the bickering, wanting to just go back to his cave. In a burst of anger, he cast a very powerful spell that split the entire continent they were on into two right between the two brothers and pushed them miles apart. The wizard, floating between the two burned up from the immense amount of power that flowed through him and was reduced to ash.
From then on, each brother ruled their own kingdom on their own continent, renaming their nations after themselves and turning their castles into bustling metropolises in an attempt to attract residents of the others kingdom. They abolished slavery and did what they could to make life as good as possible, only in an attempt to one-up the other brother.
Discovery Age[edit | edit source]
Six years after the split, Cindun thought that he could use the newly developed ships that could withstand the dangerous sea to seek out and acquire new territory in the west. He sent the first ever explorer out in what would become the first year of the Discovery Age.After sending back word that there were many islands to discover and conquer, more ships were sent. Once Ska'arin began sending out explorers of their own, scouting missions quickly became bloody battles. Neither nation wanted to give up any potential resources in these islands and fought vigorously for them.
Enchantment Age[edit | edit source]
Much like Cindarin, Ska'arin had plenty of time to prepare for the coming Enchanting Storm. However, the king at the time paid close attention to reports from the colonies that the storm, while dangerous, also imbued those it touched with powerful abilities. He decided to risk his peoples lives in an attempt to gain more power and passed a law that no one was allowed to take shelter from the storm and must bask in it fully. Soldiers were sent around to the villages and cities to force people out of their homes during the storm, causing nearly 60% of the residents to take the full force of the storm. This resulted in countless deaths and a massive drop in population. However, this also led to many new people with magical abilities, including most of the military. They began conscripting and training the new sorcerers to make up a new army of magic users with the intent to conquer Cindarin once and for all. However, given the massive population loss, the country began to fall apart with so many able-bodied adults conscripted. Eventually, the crown prince, seeing his future crumble before his eyes, used his new powers to kill his father and take the throne. He returned many of the new soldiers to their jobs and disbanded much of the military in a bid to re-stabilize the economy. This caused Ska'arin to miss their chance to conquer Cindarin as Cleviffe implemented it's magical defenses soon after. The new king took the chance to establish multiple schools to train those in these arts, however and Ska'arin remains to this day one of the leading nations in magical training.
Modern Age[edit | edit source]
The eastern section of Aand didn't experience much change in the shift to the Modern Age. Cindarin was still in the middle of an incredibly bloody war with Ska'arin that wouldn't end for another 10 years. After that however, there was the longest period of quasi-peace between Cindarin and Ska'arin since their schism. This was largely due to both of their fears that the united forces of Narogand were planning an imperialist take over of the known world.
However, in 109 Mod, the newly crowned queen of Cindarin had a thirst for more resources. Her father before her had drained many of the nations natural resources preparing for an invasion from one of their many enemies and so many thought that Cindarin couldn't last another 50 years with their current trade and increased trade would cost more than they had to spend. The queen decided that it was time to go back to the tradition of trying to destroy Ska'arin and reincorporate them into the Cindarin kingdom, giving them access to all of their resources. They converted as much of their defenses to invasion tools as soon as they could and set sail secretly from west Cindarin to attempt to take the Skanish capitol, Sunsarin, in one fell swoop. However, spies from Ska'arin warned the Skanish of this attack and they were ready. The Cindarin general however, was smart. Once he saw that the defenses were ready for them and they couldn't surprise their enemy, they landed further north of the capital and formed a large encampment to stage an attack from. Soon and all out battle took place on the outskirts of Sunsarin. Not much was decided but Cindarin was able to last long enough to cut down much forest and build a fort on Skanish soil. Between this force and constant bombardment from the Cindaran navy, the Skanish couldn't push them back.
However, Ska'arin managed to seal an alliance with LeLain who lent warriors and ships that were able to push back against the Cindaran forces. Soon, the Cindarans were fighting their enemies off of their own shore with the likelihood of a siege on Cleviffe becoming more and more likely. When LeLaintans offered a cease-fire, the Cindarans jumped at the chance to prevent heir own destruction. Little did they know that the Ska'arin/LeLain alliance was fraying and that there likely weren't enough troops or money to pay for a long siege. But the Cindarans believed they were losing and accepted the cease fire. However, things were likely not over.
Government[edit | edit source]
Ska'arin's government is a hereditary monarchy with a feudal structure that traces it's lineage back to the original twin that took over the land before the Twin's Schism.
There are 8 main houses in Ska’arin that each own a section of land