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Considered to be one of the cultural hearths of the [[Ailor]], Etosil is a vibrant island chain full of rich history.  Etosil is located to the South of the the [[Regalian Archipelago|Regalian Empire]], as part of the Ridge Isles along with [[Kilarallis]], [[Arvost]], and the [[Sun Isles|Governate of the Sun Isles]].  The islands have a colorful history, as it is home to both the Etosian culture, known for its arts and debauchery, and Etosian Unionism, the second largest sect of the religion.  The islands are rugged and the people even more so; a fact that is evident in the rolling pastures of the countryside.  The grueling conditions have done nothing to ease the burden of the locals. Yet in the city centers, where the arts bloom like a delicate flower between the jagged rocks.  Here: theatre troops, painters, and sculptors ply their crafts, creating some of the most famous pieces of art across the [[Regalian Empire|Empire]]. Etosil is also home to vast supplies of lapis lazuli, with the mines of Etosil supplying a large portion of the Azure Order’s supply.  This gift, however, has not come without cost, as the island is also home to one of the largest populations of [[undead]] in all the Imperial provinces.  Despite all efforts made to try and curb the undead, the residents of Etosil have not been able to purify their home.
Considered to be one of the cultural hearths of the [[Ailor]], Etosil is a vibrant island chain full of rich history.  Etosil is located to the South of the the [[Regalian Empire|Regalian Archipelago]], as part of the Ridge Isles along with [[Kilarallis]], [[Arvost]], and the [[Governate of the Sun Isles|Sun Isles]].  The islands have a colorful history, as it is home to both the Etosian culture, known for its arts and debauchery, and Etosian Unionism, the second largest sect of the religion.  The islands are rugged and the people even more so; a fact that is evident in the rolling pastures of the countryside.  The grueling conditions have done nothing to ease the burden of the locals. Yet in the city centers, where the arts bloom like a delicate flower between the jagged rocks.  Here: theatre troops, painters, and sculptors ply their crafts, creating some of the most famous pieces of art across the [[Regalian Empire|Empire]]. Etosil is also home to vast supplies of lapis lazuli, with the mines of Etosil supplying a large portion of the Azure Order’s supply.  This gift, however, has not come without cost, as the island is also home to one of the largest populations of [[undead]] in all the Imperial provinces.  Despite all efforts made to try and curb the undead, the residents of Etosil have not been able to purify their home.


==History==
==History==
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==Geography==
==Geography==
Straight south of the [[Regalian Archipelago]] and east of [[Daendroc]] sits the mountainous island of Etosil. Etosil is part of the Ridge Islands, a series of islands along the edge of Daendroc and [[Ithania]]. Consisting of two main islands, called Korinos and Plytos and a spattering of smaller islands, Etosil serves as a major stop for explorers, merchants, navies, and thieves.  The island is home to a number of volcanoes, which provide fertile soil for the numerous wineries and vineyards that dot the hills.  The low, rolling valleys that make up most of the interior of the island are filled with gentle streams and grassy prairies.  The streams come from snow melting in the high mountains and running down rivers into the ocean.  The weather is warm and pleasant year round, with a cool breeze coming in from the ocean during the summer and warm air blowing in during the winter.  If it were not for the rocky soil, Etosil would be considered a paradise.   
Straight south of the [[Regalian Empire]] and east of [[Daendroc]] sits the mountainous island of Etosil. Etosil is part of the Ridge Islands, a series of islands along the edge of Daendroc and [[Ithania]]. Consisting of two main islands, called Korinos and Plytos and a spattering of smaller islands, Etosil serves as a major stop for explorers, merchants, navies, and thieves.  The island is home to a number of volcanoes, which provide fertile soil for the numerous wineries and vineyards that dot the hills.  The low, rolling valleys that make up most of the interior of the island are filled with gentle streams and grassy prairies.  The streams come from snow melting in the high mountains and running down rivers into the ocean.  The weather is warm and pleasant year round, with a cool breeze coming in from the ocean during the summer and warm air blowing in during the winter.  If it were not for the rocky soil, Etosil would be considered a paradise.   


Korinos is the larger of the two main islands, and is home to a majority of the population.  It is the more western of the two main islands. Northern Korinos’ skyline is dominated by Mount Irbis, whose snow capped caldera can be seen from a distance on clear mornings.  Numerous rivers flow through Korinos’ interior, providing ample grazing land for livestock. A majority of discovered Seraph Ruins exist on this island.  These white structures dot the landscape, and often have towns built around them as claims to fame. Korinos is considered the wealthier of the two islands as well, and is home to numerous olive orchards which are either eaten or turned into oil.  They also have the lion’s share of diamonds, harvested from the major volcanoes that lie on this mountainous island.  Finally, Korinos is home to major cities of the [[Holy Theocracy of Etosil|Etosian Unionism]]. The major trade hubs of Pavleona, Lapitona, Kyrios, and Myrmilio all stand on the proud, rocky shores of Korinos, sending out the wealth of Etosian goods and culture to the rest of the world.  
Korinos is the larger of the two main islands, and is home to a majority of the population.  It is the more western of the two main islands. Northern Korinos’ skyline is dominated by Mount Irbis, whose snow capped caldera can be seen from a distance on clear mornings.  Numerous rivers flow through Korinos’ interior, providing ample grazing land for livestock. A majority of discovered Seraph Ruins exist on this island.  These white structures dot the landscape, and often have towns built around them as claims to fame. Korinos is considered the wealthier of the two islands as well, and is home to numerous olive orchards which are either eaten or turned into oil.  They also have the lion’s share of diamonds, harvested from the major volcanoes that lie on this mountainous island.  Finally, Korinos is home to major cities of the [[Etosian Unionism|Holy Theocracy of Etosil]]. The major trade hubs of Pavleona, Lapitona, Kyrios, and Myrmilio all stand on the proud, rocky shores of Korinos, sending out the wealth of Etosian goods and culture to the rest of the world.  


Plytos is the smaller of the two main islands of Etosil.  It is home to fewer mountains, and fewer people.  However, it also holds the vast wealth of lapis lazuli that Etosil is famous for, as well as numerous vineyards that supply some of the sweetest grapes.  Plytos’ interior is dominated by the Xylios River, which sits as the main drainage basin of the island.  It is along this river that a majority of the cities and towns of Plytos rest, including the port city of Myrto that sits at the river’s delta.  Plytos is also the home of the famed [[Magebane]] plant, with vast meadows of the flower growing across the interior prairies.  The blue fields are picturesque, and many travelers will stop in this region just to see them.
Plytos is the smaller of the two main islands of Etosil.  It is home to fewer mountains, and fewer people.  However, it also holds the vast wealth of lapis lazuli that Etosil is famous for, as well as numerous vineyards that supply some of the sweetest grapes.  Plytos’ interior is dominated by the Xylios River, which sits as the main drainage basin of the island.  It is along this river that a majority of the cities and towns of Plytos rest, including the port city of Myrto that sits at the river’s delta.  Plytos is also the home of the famed [[Magebane]] plant, with vast meadows of the flower growing across the interior prairies.  The blue fields are picturesque, and many travelers will stop in this region just to see them.

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Considered to be one of the cultural hearths of the Ailor, Etosil is a vibrant island chain full of rich history. Etosil is located to the South of the the Regalian Archipelago, as part of the Ridge Isles along with Kilarallis, Arvost, and the Sun Isles. The islands have a colorful history, as it is home to both the Etosian culture, known for its arts and debauchery, and Etosian Unionism, the second largest sect of the religion. The islands are rugged and the people even more so; a fact that is evident in the rolling pastures of the countryside. The grueling conditions have done nothing to ease the burden of the locals. Yet in the city centers, where the arts bloom like a delicate flower between the jagged rocks. Here: theatre troops, painters, and sculptors ply their crafts, creating some of the most famous pieces of art across the Empire. Etosil is also home to vast supplies of lapis lazuli, with the mines of Etosil supplying a large portion of the Azure Order’s supply. This gift, however, has not come without cost, as the island is also home to one of the largest populations of undead in all the Imperial provinces. Despite all efforts made to try and curb the undead, the residents of Etosil have not been able to purify their home.

History

Etosil is a remarkable island chain home to more archeological discoveries than a museum. The island’s first inhabitants were the Seraph, who left behind several impressive structures that are still being uncovered today. The largest site has been estimated to be a lapis dust refining center, and was hailed as the discovery of the year back in 268 AC. All evidence shows, however, that they abandoned Etosil long ago. Archeological evidence places their departure to be at the end of the golden age of the Seraph civilization. Leading experts have found evidence that there was a volcanic eruption at the site of Mount Irbis that led to Etosil being covered in ash and soot, forcing the ancient race to migrate elsewhere in search of safer colonies. After the Seraph fled, Etosil was left unpopulated except for the occasional shipwreck on the shore. This gave time for the natural vegetation of the island to further expand, growing into the rolling pastures that lie in the valleys between the mountains.

Even as the Elven Empire rose to power, Etosil was left unconquered. This was due to the rocky, mountainous terrain that made it difficult to settle on. This very terrain became a sanctuary for fleeing Ailor slaves, who managed to hide among the crags to escape their pursuers. These were the first recordedAilor to live on Etosil. These proto-Etosians lived a meager existence, living out bleak lives of trying to grow basic food in the rocky soil. Few traces of their time on Etosil remain, with the most prominent being a small stone idol of a woman with the head of a bird, assumed to be Estel. Evidence of sheep and goats being introduced into the islands at some point has also been found. This event was a turning point in the lives of the proto-Etosians, and provided a more stable food source that could easily be fed off the natural prairies of the island. They began to build up small settlements, and a sense of cultural identity began to form among the ex-slaves. Despite this, the early Etosians would barely survive the Cataclysm that crippled the Elven Empire. The event caused a series of volcanic eruptions to occur that darkened the sky over the island. The few Ailor that survived flocked to a haven on the coast to survive.

It was after the Cataclysm that a real sense of Etosian culture could be felt. No longer pursued by slave owners, and with the Regalian Empire acting as a real trade partner, the people of Etosil began to spread out across their island. It was around this time that the first city, Kyrios, was officially founded on the northern coast of the island; at a site of safety from the volcanoes. This important landmark served as the cradle to a new culture that would flourish across the islands. They began to form their own language, as well as use the wool they had to create long, drapping robes. Etosil’s population nearly doubled in 92 AC, when a major influx of Dressolini and Alt-Regalisch citizens had a drastic impact on the culture during this time. The Evintarian Unionists fled to the island to practice their religion, and lead to the creation of Etosian Unionism over the course of the next few decades. The future capital city of Pavleona was founded on the western shore of Etosil, serving as an important trade hub to Daendroc and Ithania. Around the end of the first century, Etosil began a golden age of art, where masters of sculpting, painting, dance, and theater all took immense strides to unite the Etosian culture as one.

This golden age ended around 128 AC, as Regalia set its sights on uniting all Ailor under its banner during the War of Reclamation. This war was what allowed the city-state of Pavleona to take over the rest of Etosil, serving as a welcoming ally to the Regalian Fleet. The war lasted just shy of three years, and ended with the last resistance fighters being put to the sword. Etosil was now an official Regalian territory, with its capital in Pavleona. It was around this time that the Exalted Patriarch of Etosian Unionism, Aloysius I, moved the center of the faith from Kyrios to Pavleona. Over the course of a decade, he had usurped power from the King of Pavleona and set himself up as the leader of the island nation. Being a trusted figure and father of the church, the shift in power was relatively peaceful, with the vast majority of the country celebrating the end of the traitorous tyrant who betrayed them all. Thus, the Holy Theocracy of Etosil ushered in a new era for the people. They began to utilize their rocky terrain, mining out the rich veins of lapis lazuli, diamonds, and marble. Around this time, the first undead began to arise, as the miners began to pull lapis from the ground. The Exalted Patriarchs have long struggled with controlling these populations, who in recent years have been confined to a few guarded regions.

In the past few decades, Etosil has remained obstinate to its in-looking lense of the world. They continue to view themselves as the prime example of Ailor culture. When the Qadir began their invasion of Regalia, Etosil provided a large portion of the military that was used to liberate Regalia. The islands were lit up with candles for a week straight after the war ended, to both celebrate the victory, as well as mourn the loss of those who died in the war. As Andrieu Anahera rose to power, Etosil remained largely quiet. The Undead had become restless, and a collapse of a mineshaft opened a new horde of Undead to the light of day. While Regalia was busy ripping itself apart over who was the rightful ruler, Etosil was fighting its own war, putting down the undead until they retreated back underground. The Exalted Patriarch did manage to send inquisitors to aid in the Purge of Vultaro, but only after ensuring that peace had returned to Etosil. It was around this time that the Lord of the Necropolis and the Exalted Patriarch sat down and discussed a treaty of alliance, granting the undead their safety underground as long as they stayed underground. This treaty would be called into effect much sooner than anticipated, when the bone horrors invaded the island and the two nations were forced to stand together against the outside menace.

Geography

Straight south of the Regalian Empire and east of Daendroc sits the mountainous island of Etosil. Etosil is part of the Ridge Islands, a series of islands along the edge of Daendroc and Ithania. Consisting of two main islands, called Korinos and Plytos and a spattering of smaller islands, Etosil serves as a major stop for explorers, merchants, navies, and thieves. The island is home to a number of volcanoes, which provide fertile soil for the numerous wineries and vineyards that dot the hills. The low, rolling valleys that make up most of the interior of the island are filled with gentle streams and grassy prairies. The streams come from snow melting in the high mountains and running down rivers into the ocean. The weather is warm and pleasant year round, with a cool breeze coming in from the ocean during the summer and warm air blowing in during the winter. If it were not for the rocky soil, Etosil would be considered a paradise.

Korinos is the larger of the two main islands, and is home to a majority of the population. It is the more western of the two main islands. Northern Korinos’ skyline is dominated by Mount Irbis, whose snow capped caldera can be seen from a distance on clear mornings. Numerous rivers flow through Korinos’ interior, providing ample grazing land for livestock. A majority of discovered Seraph Ruins exist on this island. These white structures dot the landscape, and often have towns built around them as claims to fame. Korinos is considered the wealthier of the two islands as well, and is home to numerous olive orchards which are either eaten or turned into oil. They also have the lion’s share of diamonds, harvested from the major volcanoes that lie on this mountainous island. Finally, Korinos is home to major cities of the Holy Theocracy of Etosil. The major trade hubs of Pavleona, Lapitona, Kyrios, and Myrmilio all stand on the proud, rocky shores of Korinos, sending out the wealth of Etosian goods and culture to the rest of the world.

Plytos is the smaller of the two main islands of Etosil. It is home to fewer mountains, and fewer people. However, it also holds the vast wealth of lapis lazuli that Etosil is famous for, as well as numerous vineyards that supply some of the sweetest grapes. Plytos’ interior is dominated by the Xylios River, which sits as the main drainage basin of the island. It is along this river that a majority of the cities and towns of Plytos rest, including the port city of Myrto that sits at the river’s delta. Plytos is also the home of the famed Magebane plant, with vast meadows of the flower growing across the interior prairies. The blue fields are picturesque, and many travelers will stop in this region just to see them.

Flora

Flora

The rocky mountains and ashy soil of Etosil in no way help support the natural flora of the islands. Diversity is relatively limited to a few kinds of flowers, a variety of grasses, and long, wispy cyprus trees. Overall, if it were not for outside traders, the few crops that the Etosians grow would not even be present on the island. Most of what does grow, does so on the interior of the islands. Vast fields of Magebane can be found in Plytos, while Black Orchids were brought in from neighboring Kilarallis and grow wherever they can find root. There are a few breeds of flower that can be found on the rocky shores, but they serve little purpose beyond aesthetics and making dyes.

Fauna

Fauna

Similar to Flora, Etosil is home to a very small amount of animals. Beyond sheep and goats, the islands boast a small population of elasmo that roam the interior plains. In fact, sheep may be the most common animal on the island. Most shepherds keep to their pastures and to their flocks as their fathers had and their fathers before them. The most unique animal to grace the rocky shores of Etosil is the Mooan, which was brought over as a gift from Daendroc. Some of the birds got loose, and now roam the countryside in gaggles.

Politics

Nations and States

Despite being a client state of the Regalian Empire, Etosil is widely recognized as being home to a single nation, the Holy Theocracy of Etosil. When it comes to domestic operations, the Exalted Patriarch makes the laws and organizes Etosil as he seems fit. In many ways, he is seen as having absolute power over the Island, except when it comes to foreign conflicts. When it comes time to declare war, the Regalian Empire has final say on the matter. This has lead the Holy Theocracy to be incredibly inward developing; caring little for what happens in the world at large and tending only to themselves. This has become increasingly evident in the rise of Undead, who have begun to come together to form a nation under Etosil, which they dub the Necropolis of Thanasil. While few outside nations even recognize the Necropolis as a country, the Exalted Patriarch has become content to let them dwell beneath the ground as long as they do not cause problems.

Demographics

Race or Culture | Description |
*Etosian Ailor: 93% The Etosians make up nearly all of the population of Etosil. They dominate all aspects of society, and rarely venture outward from the island. When combined with their embedded prejudice against other Regalians for their conquest of Etosil during the War of Reclamation, it is often rare to find a non-Etosian in Etosil.
*Undead: 5% The undead population of Etosil is higher than nearly any other place in the world. This is due to the rich veins of lapis that lie under the islands. The magical presence of the stone has caused conflict since the first undead began to rise nearly two centuries ago, however, there are among the undead individuals who wish to live in peace. These undead have formed their own cities and towns deep in caves and underground, called the Necropolis of Thanasil, to avoid contact with the living. This has lowered hostilities between the two groups, but there are still undead whose minds have slipped enough and stagger to the surface only to be put down for their trespassing.
*Other Ailor: 2% A mix of Dressolini, Daendroque, and Regalisch; the remainder of the population consists of the few other Ailor who exist in Etosil. These are generally merchants who have come to do business, and artisans coming to learn from the Etosian masters. They can typically live normal lives, and blend in with the Etosian community seamlessly. However, there are some prejudices against them, though there is no where near enough other Ailor to do anything about it.

Notable Locations

Mount Irbis

The tallest mountain in Etosil is also its most deadly volcano. Mount Irbis sits on the northern shore of Korinos and legends say it holds up the sky. At its base sits the town of Vitale, which is home to numerous hot springs that attract frequent travelers and visitors. It is also home to the Etosian Academy of Geology, where they study the rocks of the area. The academy is home to a mosaic titled ‘Fotia apo ton ourano’, or ‘Fire from the Sky’, whicht depicts the last eruption of Mount Irbis using a series of small colored tiles made from volcanic glass. Mount Irbis has remained dormant for several decades now, though fears of a coming explosion have led to many having their belongings already packed should the event occur.

Skinis tou Patriarchi

Called the Tabernacle of the Patriarch in Common, the Skinis is the seat of the Exalted Patriarch. It is located in Pavleona, and is the largest Tabernacle in Etosil, if not Aloria, and rivals the size of the Dom in Calemberg. The massive dome of this tabernacle is nearly two hundred feet across, and painted to look like the starry night sky. It is said that every star in the dome represents the life of one Heron. Beyond the main chapel sits the offices of the Exalted Patriarch, as well as his personal quarters. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Etosian Unionists, and also houses a conjoining monastery for Pateras of Faith, called the Order of Heron Dragonas.

Ouranopoli

One of the oldest structures on the island, Ouranopoli is an ancient Seraph tower jutting out of the plains near Lapitona. The ancient structure towers over the surrounding countryside, giving a view of nearly all of Etosil on a clear day. It is said that this was the place where Emperor Henri the Third blessed the tower and proclaimed Etosil to be united with the Empire after the War of Reclamation. It is a famous pilgrimage site for Etosian and Sancellist Unionists alike, attracting tourists from across the Empire.

Kyrios

The Ancient City of Etosil. Kyrios is the oldest Ailor city in Etosil, settled on the northern shore of Korinos. It is home to some of the oldest institutions of learning in the Empire, such as the Instituto Nikodemos Erodios, one of the most prestigious academies in the world on the field of battle tactics, the Heron Gregorious Academy, which teaches the ancient arts of Etosil such as sculpting and theater, and lastly the Skinis tou Elpida, a beautiful tabernacle which boasts the largest collection of Heron relics in Etosil. Kyrios is considered a sacred city to the Etosians, and is praised as being the cradle from which all Etosians came from.

Trivia

  • Etosil is sometimes called ‘The Star of the South Sea’ due to the history of residents filling the streets with prayer candles on religious holidays.
  • A tradition known as Vassilis is common among Etosians. Every time someone mentions the name of a deceased Supreme Patriarch, they must spit on the ground in order to ward off his vengeful spirit.
  • Many towns of Etosil are built around either old Seraph ruins or old Etosian ruins. It is a cultural tradition to venerate the old and keep it standing.



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