Etosil

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Etosil
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Geography
Full Name Etosil
Pronunciation Ee-toe-sil
Demonym Etosian
Area 600,000 mi²
Population 4,000,000
Races Ailor, various others
Cultures Etosian and Vladno Ailor, a broad range of others (slaves and free)
Flora and Fauna

Etosil is a large, dry island in Corontium known for its unique history. The Nelfin of the Allorn Empire largely ignored the region before the Cataclysm, and after it, the escaped Ailor slave population was joined by the exiles of a dozen different states. Ultimately, order and structure came at the hands of Unionist schismatics, and the island has never been the same since. Today, the island is part of the Regalian Empire. It is well known for its production of various metals and its Seven Great Cities, but also for its high number of Undead. It has been a largely peaceful land over the past century and it is likely to remain an isolated, uninvolved nation on the world stage except for on religious matters of Unionism.

History

Etosil has been a region shrouded in mystery and obscurity for many years. The Seraph seem to have had a presence there but only in a single location, known as Ouranopoli. The only other civilization to have lived on the island before the Cataclysm were the Altalar, but their presence was also scarce. Relatively barren under their ownership, records from nearby Ithania indicate that by 1000 BC Etosil had already been explored and documented by the Allorn Empire, which kept their presence to the shoreline and a series of small fortifications to support their slave missions in the Regalian Archipelago. It remained this way for centuries, but by the time of the Cataclysm, the interior hid small populations of escaped Ailor slaves and the proto-Szabadok Ailor that hid on islands located in Etosil's northeast. The region was one of those shaken by the Cataclysm, but only at its edges. One of the results was that it became its own separate island after the earthquakes broke it off nearby Talamoor. In the aftermath of this event, those stationed in the region by the Allorn Empire abandoned it, and their fortresses fell into ruin to be later destroyed. The region was rediscovered in 55 AC by Ailor from the newly-forming Daen states. However, this event was not at first a positive one.

These states made the large island their penal colony, shipping people there whose crimes called for exile. The already-existing population was ignored, and soon yearly boat trips were dumping the “scum” of the Ailor Daen world onto these people. The island became violent, with gangs and groups forming around powerful leaders and fighting over water, land, food, and women. Towers were built, both to watch for danger and to watch the sea for incoming ships and new recruits. Soon, areas like Lusits, Ithania and even the young Regalian Empire began to send their exiles there as well. However, the Regalian Empire sent the largest group of exiles in 62 AC: the Evintarian Unionists. These people, who were exiled for not conforming to the desires of the First Unionist Diet of Deliberation, spread far and wide as they preached the word of the Spirit to these “heathens.” Under their guidance also came greater cohesion, structure, and order to the island which then allowed the Etosians to form permanent settlements. During this “Golden Age” as some Etosians call it, the Seven Great Cities were founded. While there are more cities today, some of which are larger than the Great Cities, these settlements still hold great prestige among the Etosian people. The Great Cities drove almost half a century of the exploration of the arts, the exploration of the physical island, and the exploration of the Etosian identity. This period is often called peaceful but is inaccurate. Many settlements still fought each other, but the battles became set to certain locations and at certain times of the year to prevent the large-scale looting, sacking, and destruction which marked a more “barbaric” age in the view of Etosians.

This all came to an end in 127 AC when the Regalian Empire attacked the island. The great Ailor unification under Vladimir Kade needed Etosil, as it would be a sore thumb sticking out between Regalia and Daen if it did not fall. The conflict lasted only a few months, extending into 128 AC, and only ended when Thessalo betrayed the other Great Cities and joined the Regalian Empire. The other cities surrendered within a week, and the whole island was then blockaded. A year-round blockade forced the Etosians to stay in their homeland and to not participate in the Regalian Empire they were now part of. During this time, Regalia pushed several policies on the locals, but many failed due to the Etosians' dislike for their conquerors. In the following years, Etosil remained quiet and did not bother the Regalian Empire, as they had found a new threat: the Undead. It is not clear when the Undead began to appear on Etosil, but it was in 169 AC that they began to surge and assault small mountain communities. The Vladno helped organize a response and, ever since then, the animosity between the living and the dead has grown. The Szabadok then surged, clashing with the locals, but were soon almost entirely evacuated elsewhere. Etosil has remained quiet ever since then, featuring little conflict, little geographical alterations, or political upheaval until very recently. The Bone Horror Crisis forced the living locals to ally with the Undead, which has led to an uneasy peace. Etosil today is a rugged yet beautiful region dotted with ancient structures and a people who have one of the older Ailor Cultures in Aloria, who are loyal and devoted to the Empire.

Geography

Etosil is located southwest from the Regalian Archipelago as part of Corontium, with Daendroc off of its western coastline and Talamoor off of its eastern coastline. It sits between the West Allorn Sea to the north and the Corontium Sea to the south. Etosil has rocky and cliffed coastlines, with the few sandy areas often occupied by cities or settlements. Much of the interior of the island is mountainous with soaring peaks, but also small valleys that possess light forests and plant life. The landmass has only a few flat areas of land. One of these is a flat plain at the center of the region but also a series of flat islands in Etosil's northeast, where the Szabadok Culture developed. There are also several dozen fast-moving waterways that spill out from the mountains on the main landmass and rush out to the sea. Etosil’s climate is humid but not overbearing, with mild winters and dry summers which rarely reach temperature extremes. The region holds multiple cities, all which were once city-states but are now part of the Etosian Theocracy which rules the land through the Septarchy, made up of the Seven Great Cities. These cities are Thessalo and Iraklis to the north, Vorfandu, Mlyat and Optikios to the east, Hessalios to the west, and Gyrakiosis in the south. All of these cities are loyal to the Regalian Empire, as is the majority of Etosil. The only areas which are not are those occupied by the Undead, who are most often characterized as “neutral” in their opinion of the Regalian Empire.

Notable Flora

Etosil is sparse, lacking the lush vegetation found in nearby Daen and Talamoor due to its mountainous terrain and generally low-quality soil. However, plant life grows in the protected valleys and by the rivers of the island. The most common plant of note is the olive tree, a tree whose green to dark purple produce is common in Etosian cuisine as is the olive oil which can be made from the olives themselves. These trees can be found growing in orchards around cities and settlements, but also in the wild. There are also scattered samples of Daen plant life, such as Avant Leaf and Ceá’llë's Herb, which were likely brought over by the Allorn Empire when they ruled the region.

Notable Fauna

While the rocky terrain and sparse flora of Etosil may seem to indicate lacking Fauna, the region proves skeptics wrong. The Etosian Bear, a small species of bear, and the Highland Thessaliy, a type of deer with exceptionally long body hair, can be found in the mountains. The cities hold the Tsarr Cat, a species of long-domesticated wildlife from the continent. There are also herds of Goats and Sheep kept in many areas which help support the local populace. A number of seabirds and fish species can be found off the coastline, from the Sea Pidaleer to the Barnacle Trout.

Politics

Etosil is considered unique in the political sphere for being such a large island controlled by only one nation, the Etosian Theocracy. Its climate, local cultures, and dedication to the Empire also mark it as peculiar which, while loyal, is largely pagan or more reluctantly Unionist in their bend. The Regalian Empire’s main focus with Etosil are its natural resources, largely in strange materials found little elsewhere in Aloria such as Lapis Lazuli, as well as for its devoted, zealous locals at all societal levels. For this loyalty, Regalia offers religious cohesion and significance, alongside a market for these materials. There lies beneath Etosil, however, a separate political entity, known as the Bone Kingdom ruled by The Bone King himself. This nation has technically been acknowledged by both the Regalian Empire and the Etosian Theocracy, but its small size and hidden populace has largely seen it remain a non-entity in local politics. In fact, its relationship has markedly improved with the living since the Bone Horror Crisis.

  • For information on the Etosian Theocracy, click HERE

Notable Locations

Ouranopoli

Ouranopoli is an ancient Seraph tower that juts high into the sky in the middle of Etosil. The structure itself has been worn by time, with many of its features vanishing over the decades. There were once extensive ruins surrounding the region, perhaps making out a floorplan for some great complex, but decades of surrounding construction saw this pure white stone carted off for use elsewhere. Currently, the inside is the only area that proves it to be a Seraph construct as the outside appears almost anonymous in nature. The structure is one of the highest in Aloria, reaching up so high one can supposedly see every corner of Etosil from the top, though this is only half true, as the southern and western coastline are obscured by mountain ranges. The site is important to Unionism as a whole as it is supposedly a location that Henri III climbed before proclaiming Etosil to be united with the Empire soon after its annexation. As a result, the area has become a pilgrimage site, and the area at the foot of the tower is often dotted with tents and visiting devotees. The site is also believed to have inspired other aspects of Etosian architecture, like its focus on columns.

Lodge Arkoúda-Dolofónos

Simply known as “The Lodge” to outsiders or Vladno off Etosil, this facility was constructed at the specific request of the Vladno nobility in Iraklis. Nestled in an untapped valley with a river running through the heart of a lightly forested area, Lodge Arkoúda-Dolofónos is a location for Vladno hunting. The lodge is taken care of by locals during the time that the Vladno do not use the Lodge (often a span of one to two years), but when they do, the large structure can accommodate as many as 200 visitors. The structure is a classic example of Vladno architecture with dark wood and stone helping the Lodge appear rather threatening, especially in the evening. However, this is undone by the short but lush garden grounds located around the Lodge which separate it from the forest and give some much needed color to the outside. The Lodge also holds an impressive array of taxidermied animals, at least one specimen from all of Etosil’s fauna, and some more exotic pieces from nearby Daen.

Epitychiménos Temple

The Epitychiménos Temple is the largest religious structure in Etosil and can be found in the city of Thessalo. It towers an impressive 400 feet into the sky, with a massive poppy dome top and two smaller ones on connected corner towers. The inside of the site is vast, with a vaulted roof, two stories (though the second is largely walkways relegated to the side and internal border areas of the Temple), opulent and beautiful decorations, and half a dozen 12 feet tall statues of Etosil’s most well known and well-respected Heroes. The temple also holds a number of relics, from a number of skeletons (a number show signs of damage, a result of them being part of the Bone Horror Crisis) to the pick of the Hero of Miners from Etosil. While the most important and well-known of these relics can be found on the surface, there is an extensive underground area to the Grand Temple that holds the rest, as well as Temple records. This region had to be extensively reclaimed from Bone Horrors and is rumored to now be connected with the Undead Kingdom that lays beneath the island of Etosil, though the priesthood rejects such rumors.

Trivia

  • Many Etosians stargaze after night has fallen and their evening service is complete, and because of this as well as their common use of candles involved in their religious practices, Etosil is also known as the Starlit Isle.
  • Etosians have little to no interest in the Seraph or the Altalar presence on their island. This infuriates scholars as the Ouranopoli site, for example, has almost no records around it before Henri III. This is because the Etosians only care about the time after their “barbarity” in the years following the Cataclysm.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors FireFan96, Woodwork, MantaRey
Last Editor HydraLana on 08/29/2021.

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