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|fullname = Ithania
|fullname = Ithania
|pronunciation = Ith-ahn-niah
|pronunciation = Ith-ahn-nee-ah
|demonym = Ithanian
|demonym = [[Ithanian]]
|area = 430,000 mi²  
|area = 5,200,000 mi²  
|languages = [[D’Ithanie]], [[Champangard]]
|population = 15,000,000
|population = 13,500,000
|races = [[Ailor]], [[Altalar]], [[Asha]], [[Allar]]
|cultures = [[Daendroque]], [[Tolonne]], [[Bragacao]], [[Regal]] and [[Ithanian]] Ailor, [[Fin’ullen]], [[Lesarra]], and [[Teledden]] Altalar
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Ithania is well-regarded by the rest of [[Aloria]] as a breeding ground of wealth and culture. Located west of [[Regalia]], Ithania is the home of the pacifistic, culture-oriented [[Ithanian]] [[Ailor]] who promote polyandry and matrilineal society. It is also incredibly tolerant, being one of the few human societies that welcome [[Nelfin]] citizens with open arms. In fact, Ithania is partially ruled by the [[Altalar]] as remnants of the old [[Allorn Empire]]’s system of governance. Modern Ithania came about from a peaceful transfer of power from the old Altalar administration to the new Ailor administration, by means of diplomacy and pacifism. Ithania, now subjugated under Regalia, is a huge source of wealth for the Empire, bringing forth wine and fancy silks of various quantities and forms for the rest of the world to enjoy - at a price, of course.
Ithania is well-regarded by the rest of [[Aloria]] as a hotbed of wealth and culture. Located to the west of [[Regalia]], Ithania is the home of the pacifistic, culture-oriented Ithanians, who promote matrilineal society and polyandry. It is also incredibly tolerant, being one of the few human societies that welcome [[Nelfin]] citizens with open arms. In fact, Ithania is partially ruled by the [[Altalar]] as remnants of the old [[Elven Empire’s]] system of governance. Modern Ithania came about from a peaceful transference of power from the old Altalar administration, to the new Ailor administration, by means of diplomacy and pacifism. Ithania, now subjugated under Regalia, is a huge source of wealth, bringing forth wine and silk of various quantities and forms for the rest of the world to enjoy; at a price, of course.  


==History==
==History==
===Ancient History===
Nearly six thousand years ago, Ithania was occupied by the [[Third Civilization]]. This civilization lasted a few thousand years before it fell and in its place rose both the Dewamenet Empire and the Asha Race. How long they ruled in Ithania is unknown, but much like the Allorn Empire to their south, they rapidly expanded, reaching north into lands now lost and down south into Daendroc. It was there that they first clashed with the Allorn and also settled the offshore Ashal Islands, soon to be their last bastion as The Flight of Reason consumed both parties. In the end, unfortunately, the Asha lost and while millions died, millions more were enslaved and their society devastated. Ithania was scoured of all Living Metal architecture, and the Altalar used their new vast workforce to aid them in constructing massive urban centers which formed a major base in exploration north during the Consolidation. But their geographic distance from the heartland of the Empire was great, and by the time of the Blossoming, many regions leaned away from the wider Empire and sought to avoid the takeover by mages and Archmages which was crippling the south. This succeeded, and to secure their power, the Altalar in charge of the northern principalities of the Allorn freed their Ailor slaves. By the time of the [[Cataclysm]], the Altalar held vast urban and agricultural holdings with thousands of Asha and Allar slaves operating them, while the Ailor had been freed. The region also was the site of the end of the [[Fifth Void Invasion]], as records indicate the last Allorn Empress faced down the [[Void]] with her army in the far reaches of northern Ithania.  
Nearly six thousand years ago, Ithania was occupied by the [[Third Civilization]]. This civilization lasted a few thousand years before it fell and gave way to more regional powers. From this rose the [[Varran]] civilization, which lived in the southern deserts of Ithania until around three thousand years before the [[Cataclysm]]. At this point, the Elven Empire had formed to the south and began marching on the Varran people. Heavily noted as primitive and savage in Nelfin texts, the Altalar easily crushed the Varrans, destroyed nearly all remnants of their culture, enslaved them en masse, and deported them to slave camps in [[Daendroc]]. Here, they and their descendents worked under poor conditions for the next several thousand years.  


Ithania continued to remain strictly under Elven control until the Empire’s demise during the events of the Cataclysm. Through that long stretch of Ithanian history, the Nelfin moved the Varrans out, and meanwhile imported Ailor slaves into the area. Ithania soon became a very rich part of the Empire, mostly in due part to its geographic features including its coasts, wide rivers, and fertile land. This allowed for luxuries such as wine and silk to be produced en masse. Such an excess of wealth led to the local Elven rulers to increase the rights of their Ailor slaves; approximately forty years before the Cataclysm, the Ithanian [[Ailor]] became the first people to be permanently liberated from slavery, and achieve equal status to the Elves. This allowed for a premature development of Ithanian language and culture, as opposed to the militantly-controlled [[Daendroque]] and [[Lusitian]] slaves.  
In the aftermath of the Cataclysm, the Asha sought violence to free themselves and either fled south in [[The Great Journey]] or found themselves kept in line by the Altalar-inclined Ailor who were now taking greater power for themselves. Overall, the unification of the Altalar and Ailor was a great success and many of the Altalar stayed, keeping their material wealth within the Ithanian economy as well as many of their skills and knowledge. They developed pacifist ways, though they did still punish slaves, and kept a strong army. This resulted in them being a target for [[Velheim]] raiding (something that continues to this day) and the Regalian Empire. [[Vladaas Kade]] arrived in 150 AC and the Ithanians proudly welcomed his takeover. From this point on, Ithania continued to grow under the protection of the Regalian Empire and become one of the most sophisticated lands in Aloria. Soon after the nation integrated into the Empire, the [[Ithanian Gem Boom]] engulfed Regalia in an economic miracle as several huge repositories of gems were discovered by Ithanian migrants in the [[Regalian Archipelago]].  


Following the Cataclysm, the Nelfin aristocracy were “overthrown” in a peaceful exchange of power known as “[[Le Mars de l’Orchidée]],” where the Ailor majority democratically and diplomatically forced the Nelfin princes to abdicate in favor of Human rule. Many Nelfin managed to retain unofficial government positions or important advisory roles to the new ruling classes, while elsewhere in the world Ailor societies turned violently against them. This led to a mutual cultural exchange between the people, as opposed to the polarization experienced between the Nelfin high culture and the Daendroque culture witnessed to the south. Whereas in Daendroc, the slaves rejected the Nelfin’s inclination towards scholarly pursuit and became more barbaric and war-like, the Ithanians became the cultural successors of Nelfin culture, focusing on self-development, pacifism, and self-indulgence.  
The wealth from these ventures solidified the [[Ithanian Sovereignty’s]] loyalty to the Regalian Crown and furthered developed Ithanian-cultured regions in the Archipelago. This same event later contributed to the [[Regalian Pessimism]]. Its effects on Regalia also adversely affected Ithania, though they recovered much quicker and found difficulties attached to the dragging nations that made up the rest of the Regalian Empire. Following the Chrysant War, many Allar in Ithania were joined by friends and family, and an overall economic boom began which has endured to this day. However, Ithania has been involved in a series of engagements that have not gone well for them in recent years. Following the declaration of the Humanume Legislation under [[Alexander I]], a large army of [[Daendroque]] landholders and their militias marched north and attacked Ithania, slaughtering thousands. Then, the Asha stepped up their raids on Ithania upon the discovery of new ruins in the Ithanian desert (that the local nobility later blew up) that revealed some key information about the Asha’s past. Additionally, the [[Bone Horror Crisis]] wreaked havoc on their countryside, and the majority of the percentage of the population who died were rural peasants or slaves. The [[Kathar]] and their [[Dread Empire]] attempted to assail Ithania and were only fended off when [[Sihndar]] arrived to combat the menace and aid the local Regalian deployments. Finally, Ithania faced the dissolution of their political system at the hands of Imperial-inspired Regalian nobles, led by the man now called King Florent I. However, the matriarchal system of Ithania has proven too strong, and ultimately, his daughter will one day become Sovereign. Ithania itself continues to weather these storms, and it now looks to a future with its political prospects only growing as it extends its influence on all those around it.
 
===The Birth of a Nation===
The period of history following the Cataclysm was one of many births; from culture, to races and nations. Because of Ithania’s general pacifism during the time of the Elven Empire, its culture began to shift towards an inherent inclination away from war and battle, and more towards the progression of the mind and culture. This left the continent vulnerable to foreign raiders from [[Nordskag]] and Regalia, who were almost entirely men. These brutish outsiders were soon vilified by the Ithanians, which further polarized their inclination towards anything classy, frail, and with poise, resulting in the matriarchal system of governance and administration. Around 150 AC, Ithania was officially “conquered” by Regalia under the leadership of [[Vladimir Kade]]. No battles were fought as Ithania had no formal military; in fact, their surrender was near-immediate upon the first landing of the Regalian armies, though the actual violent intent of these armies is often disputed. Many historical reports indicate that the Regalians were welcomed with open arms to protect the state against southern encroachment from Lusits, Nordskag raiders, and Varran pirates.
 
===Recent History===
From this point on, under the protection of the Regalian Empire, Ithania continued to grow and become one of the most sophisticated lands in Aloria. This continued until the [[Regalian Pessimism]], where the effect on Regalia adversely affected Ithania; where in Regalia, militant nationalism took the forefront, pacifism became the central focus in Ithania. What little military Ithania had left was removed, inviting forth the concept of [[Jacobinism]]; the belief in small government, social progress, and religious freedom. This period has since passed over, but many concepts, including pacifism and high culture, remain ingrained in Ithanian culture. Though Ithania is today one of the largest contributors to Regalia’s vast pool of wealth, it is not one without economic hardship. Subsequent to the Regalian Pessimism, Ithania encountered a severe economic depression: this was followed by an event known as the [[Ithanian Gem Boom]]. Several huge repositories of sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were discovered in the Pays Sud region of the Regalian Archipelago. Regalia, seeing this as an opportunity to solidify its grasp over Ithania, openly encouraged the emigration of Ithanians from their homeland to this new area rife with economic opportunity, thereby solidifying the Ithanian Realm’s loyalty to the Regalian Crown.
 
Today, Ithania rests as one of the largest contributors to Regalia’s wealth. Recently, there has been a large amount of social unrest, mostly due to the inherent clash between Regalia’s aggressive military policies and Ithania’s preference of pacifism. Additionally, many border revolts occur along the border between Ithania and Daendroc, where many Lusitians rise up and try to seize Ithanian wealth, of which they are covetous of. Finally, Ithania is subjected to frequent Varran piracy from [[Ssil]], who also envy the acquired wealth of the continent.  


==Geography==
==Geography==
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Ithania is a highly diverse region, just like nearby [[Daendroc]]. It is located west of the Regalian Archipelago and north of Daendroc. It borders the [[Feerlais Ocean]] in the west. In the north, this region is cold and open, with its only protection being local fishing villages, the odd city, some sparse pine forests and a few massive boulders peeking up from the cold earth. It was here that the last Altalar Empress faced the Archdemon, though most believe that the site itself fell into the warm waters around this region as a result of earthquakes caused by the Cataclysm. Below this is the Ithanian heartland, an open expanse of plains, rolling hills, river lakes, and valleys between high peaks that go from coast to coast. The heartland also has sparse forests, but at the southern edge of the heartland are larger and older woods. The dominant feature at the center of the Ithanian heartland, however, is “La Mer d’Prospérité” or “The Sea of Prosperity,” a huge saltwater sea at the center of Ithania fed by the Pui-Luiz Channel out to the waters east of the continent.  
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Ithania has a fairly diverse amount of biomes, each with their numerous people, plants, animals, and more. Ithania itself is located to the west of Regalia, to the south of [[Fendarfelle]] and Nordskag, and borders Daendroc to the south. This border is classified by the vast difference between the jungles of northern Daendroc, and the desert of southern Ithania. Central Ithania is mostly taiga and steppes, while northern Ithania is capable of reaching freezing temperatures, and is often kissed by snowfall. Facing the north, Ithania creates a giant “Y” with the way its land and oceans fall; the [[Three Skags]] lie on the right, on the snowfall-covered side, while Fendarfelle is located to the left, where it is separated from Ithania by a massive plain.  


Ithania is dotted by numerous rivers that act as trade centers. Beyond these, there is little to note of Ithania’s landscape other than the fact that it is covered in cities. Ithania is a vastly urban continent, and while many cities are centered around the sprawling rivers of it, there are several located in seemingly random locations as well. The latter stand as a testament to mass agriculture during the time of the Elven Empire. Seeing as Ithanian culture is mostly pacifistic, the cities are completely open; there are no walls, and very few castles, forts, or strongholds to speak of on the continent. These cities are pinnacles of Ithanian culture; they grow tall, wide, and are decorated only with the most elaborate materials one can find in Aloria, all in a display of material and cultural wealth.  
Next, one reaches the large Ithanian desert, called the Paysec Desert. Sitting just south of the Sea of Prosperity and above the Verdant Wall that serves as the official border of Ithanian territory, this desert is an ancient place holding many ruins, though these are frequently destroyed. The northeast of Ithania is different from these other areas, and features dense woodlands before reaching Ithania’s traditional coastline. The continent’s coastline is made up of simple, sandy beaches, but has a more tropical appearance along the western coastline and near the Solacian Isles. Up north, it is also different, with the occasional sheer cliff and downright jagged rocky shore replace the sand. Finally, there is Île d'Ouesttre, located to Ithania’s southwest. The island is controlled by a single Hivre, and has a generally more humid climate, with much broader beaches, and is generally closer to being tropical than the mainland. Ithania’s overall weather is a mix of rain in the spring and summer with a snowfall that covers the northern half of the continent as the winter comes. Autumn is a rather dry and windy time for the region, resulting in huge piles of swirling autumn-colored leaves forever resisting order by sweeping in the major cities. Many of these stunning urban centers maintain their original Altalar designs and architecture, merely with Ithanian touches and new renovations applied over the years, thus helping in giving the region’s well-traveled sites an aged, cosmopolitan feel.
===Notable Flora===
Ithania has been influenced by southern Daen flora for centuries due to the Allorn Empire’s extensive presence in the region. One of the only confirmed local plants is the [[Fly Orchid]], a plant possibly changed by the Cataclysm into being carnivorous, though only against insects, which makes it a very popular species. Other plants in the region, largely transplanted, include combustible and dangerous [[Fireweed]] which likely emerged from somewhere in Daendroc, the [[Water Lily]] which has been spread across much of temperate and tropical Aloria, and finally, [[Dúllci Cane]]. This cash crop is not as actively farmed as it is in Daendroc and other southern regions, but it is a necessary aspect of the local economy due to the many pastries and fine cuisine eaten by the upper class in which the ingredient is used. Another cash crop of great significance is [[Ullaline]], the Teledden Altalar-born salt substitute, which is grown extensively in Ithania’s western Hivres.
===Notable Fauna===
Ithania is home to a diverse number of animals, many of them domesticated due to centuries of civilization dominating the continent. In the various cities and settlements across the landscape, a vast variety of domesticated dog and cat breeds like the [[Ithanian Sucre Cien]] and [[Ithanian Laceurci]] live alongside other local domesticated animals, like the [[Royal Canard]], the [[Painted Lancierron]] and the [[Ithanian Lait-Blanc]]. Out in the wild, there are a multitude of animal species. Through the many waters of the continent swims the reptilian [[Longtail Croque]] and the [[Red Fairfin Fish]]. In the Paysec Desert, the hostile [[Triton Scorpide]] roams and combats travelers when or if it finds any. In the forests of the continent lives the rare [[Longtail Gryphon]], a species often exaggerated to be larger and more fierce than they actually are. In the air, the [[Dragged Crow]] messenger bird survived the Cataclysm and is now commonly used as a means of communication across the continent. Lastly, in the waters outside of the continent, the [[Air Pocket Whale]] uses its large air sacs to help it quickly reach the surface to breathe.


Though many vagabond caravans and trading companies make their way through the unpopulated areas of the continent independent of any nation or creed, the entirety of Ithania is governed by the [[Ithanian Realm]], a large political entity ruled by the Ithanian Sovereign: a queen of queens who answers to the Regalian Empire.
==Politics==
 
===Ithanian Sovereignty===
===Flora===
While many might confuse Regalian interests with those of the Ithanian Sovereignty, in reality there are several key differences. While the Sovereignty is still loyal to the Empire and is dominated by the Unionist faith, Ithania continues to stand apart as its rulers work to maintain their unique society. Their hatred for the Asha has funded many actions against them over the years, while their love of the Altalar has led to unease since the rebirth of the Allorn Empire. Still, Ithanian wealth and principles push the Regalian Empire onward, and their many Hivres make up a diverse tapestry across the continent.
Ithania has a wide variety of flora that range across its equally diverse continent. This being said, the demographics of the flora is so polarized that there are some plants present in Ithania that do not grow anywhere else in the world. One particular plant is [[Fireweed]], which has always caused significant issues for the urban population. Fireweed is an incendiary plant that spontaneously combusts. In fact, one rare incident of a Fireweed accident caused an entire country town to burn down.
:*''For information on the Ithanian Sovereignty, click [[Ithanian Sovereignty|HERE]]
 
:*''For information on the Ithanian Hivres, click [[Ithanian Hivres|HERE]]
===Fauna===
Similar to the flora of Ithania, the fauna is spread out and diverse in contrast to many other continents. While some dangerous creatures may roam the deserts, the Ithanian plains are filled with many domestic animals. Still yet, many Ithanian breeders take pride in their selectively birthed show-pets; from the [[Long Fluff]] to the [[Ithanian Sucre Cien|Sucre Cien]], the variety of domestic animals kept in Ithania are a testament to their owner’s culture.  
 
==Politics and Demographics==
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The entire landmass known as Ithania politically falls under the Ithanian Realm, which is a governmental structure subservient to the Regalian Empire. This Realm is governed by the Ithanian Sovereign, who is the “Queen of all Ithanian Queens.” This Queen is elected by the many Ithanian Principalities, which are all ruled by queens. The Ithanian Sovereign thus rules directly over her own principality, known as an Hivre, as well as indirectly over the entire Realm. The current sovereign is [[Grand Souverain Elenore d'Aubignarois La Beauté]], who hails from [[Hivre Haute Puisse]]. There are nine Hivres in total, each with their own style of individual governance. Some are hereditary, while others engage in local elections. Below is a list of all the Ithanian Hivres:
*[[Hivre Haute Puisse]]
*[[Hivre du Sud]]
*[[Hivre Saint-lume]]
*[[Hivre Bains des Bas]]
*[[Hivre Bressuivre]]
*[[Hivre Castellajoux]]
*[[Hivre Saint Shevaix]]
*[[Hivre Carnigoux de Foix]]
*[[Hivre Agennes-sur-Livres]]
 
{{Demographics Table
|group1 = Citoye Ithanian
|desc1 =
{{GDP
| percentage = 58%
| description = The Citoye Ithanians make up the bulk of the Ithanian population. These people are they who dwell en masse within the sprawling urban centers of Ithania. Though they hold little cultural difference from their Valeurois overlords, these people are more often than not merchants or traders of some kind and constantly bring wealth into the continent. Though some Citoyens are able to hold office, these people are content with their somewhat lavish lives as the middle class of the land.  
}}
 
|group2 = Champagnard Ithanian
|desc2 =
{{GDP
| percentage = 11%
| description = Champagnard Ithanians are by all means a minority within Ithania, though they are an important and essential one at that. The Champagnards are the rural farmers (though highly sophisticated when compared to Ceardian or Anglian farmers) who supply the cities with all of their agricultural needs. Additionally, they run the silk, wine plantations and vineyards, generating a steep profit that the city traders can turn around for a tidy profit with foreign powers. The Champagnard people are known for being very laid-back and easygoing, and are well known for the “Borgonde” way of life which encompasses working hard and partying with class.  
}}
 
|group3 = Altalar
|desc3 =
{{GDP
| percentage = 20%
| description = The Altalar of Ithania are often an overlooked people when one refers to the land of Ithania. These Altalar are descendents of the old overlords that ruled over the continent during the time of the Elven Empire, that were overthrown during “Le Mars de L’orchidée,” which translates to “The Orchid’s Parade.” Instead of being violently overthrown or displaced, these Altalar successfully integrated into Ithanian culture, and enjoy equal legal and social status among their Ailor overlords. It is not uncommon to see Altalar families wander the streets of the bigger Ithanian cities, or even help out on plantations and vineyards.
 
}}
 
|group4 = Valeurois Ithanian
|desc4 =
{{GDP
| percentage = 7%
| description = The Valeurois Ithanians are those that experience the greatest luxuries Ithanian culture has to offer. These are the Hivre Queens who live lavish lives separated from the much more common Citoye Ithanians. There are very few differences between these two groups; the Valeurois are typically wealthier and more prestigious in rank, and make up a majority of the aristocracy within the Ithanian Realms.
}}
 
|group5 = Varran
|desc5 =
{{GDP
| percentage = 4%
| description = Though the Varrans initially lived in the hot deserts of Ithania, they only make up a small minority of the population. In present day, they live in the great shadow of their once great society. Varrans are most well-known for piracy and frequent raids against the great merchant vessels which transport wealth between Ithania and Regalia. Varrans do not have a popular reputation anywhere in the world because of their actions in Ithania and most of the feline-race that attempt to peacefully integrate into human society are eventually ousted, ironically pushing them towards more illicit lifestyles.
}}
}}


==Notable Locations==
==Notable Locations==
===La Portée du Paradis===
===La Portée du Paradis===
Known as “Havenreach” by most [[Common]] speakers, La Portée du Paradis is the wealthiest port in all of Ithania; an economic goldmine in every sense of the word. Hundreds of ships enter and exit its harbor every day, bringing in traders who leave with Ithania’s fine goods. One could go so far as to name it the second trade capital of Aloria—after the Regalian Holy City, of course.
:*''Click [[List of Major Cities#La Portée du Paradis|HERE]] for more information on La Portée du Paradis
 
===The Verdant Wall===
===La Rivière du Prospérité===
Serving as the southern border of Ithania and running over and around the Verdant River between the east-coast Solsonne Gulf and the west-coast Richesse Gulf, the Verdant Wall is an imposing mess of contradictions. While the Altalar claim it to be a creation of Talea, erected to keep the Asha out of the Allorn Empire, the Asha and their allies will point out how the Asha ruled half of Daendroc for much of the conflict between the Allorn and the Dewamenet Empires, and insisted it is instead their devastated Great Wall. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that the Verdant Wall was once an instillation of the Asha, a final line of defense to fortify their traditional homeland of Ithania which extended farther than is currently present thanks to the Cataclysm causing large sections to crumble into the ocean. Regardless of the truth, the Verdant Wall was raised by someone prior to 2500 BC, and has stood ever since. The dense, several miles-deep formation reaches around a mile high into the air, and it forms around unnaturally tall and deep-rooted trees which grand ferns, mosses, vines, other trees, flowers and much more drap, wrap and knit themselves around. The structure also has buried within it many ruins and fragments of ancient Asha technology, long rusted and damaged, but also supposedly some earthworks virtually crushed under the weight of tremendously sized roots and other vegetation. The Wall is also muggy and humid, and has unknown diseases that plague those who spend too long in its dark shadows and few sunlight areas. While once impassable, the Cataclysm, and Ithanian enterprises has allowed for travel along its fringes, around the Wall via use of the two gulfs but also through a single well maintained route that cuts through the middle of the Wall. This route is more dangerous, however, despite its directness.
La Rivière du Prospérité is the primary river that stems through the mainland continent of Ithania. All trade either comes through this river towards the [[Great Middle Sea]] and proceeds to Regalia, or alternatively through the eastern coast of the continent. It is upon this river that cities such as Havenreach rest, basking in the luxurious trade that fills its coffers.  
===Paysec Desert===
 
The Paysec Desert has been considered a wasteland for centuries, but more recently scholars have not been so harsh to judge the region. The Desert is very large, being one of the only known to exist outside of [[Farah’deen]], with no rivers or oases except at its arid borders. It is known to be the place where the ancient Dewamenet Empire’s capital likely once stood, at the banks of a vibrant river which the records claim Talea made dry with a single spell. While neither the capital itself nor this dry riverbed have ever been discovered, several other ruins have been found over the years, largely stripped of their Living Metal mechanisms and merely buildings of stone and marble coated in sand. Most have been immediately destroyed by Ithanian nobility, but the Asha have learned to move fast with recovering their history. A few of the smaller ruins have seen whole sections spirited to the coastline and shipped elsewhere for the Asha people to explore and enjoy them in their states on the Ashal Islands. The most notable of these ruins emerged in 304 AC but these too were blown up by the end of the year. The Paysec Desert is also home to a duo of Hadrityas, raised in the southern and northern reaches of the region respectively. These two fortresses have stood since roughly 500 BC, and serve as a valuable point of contact for local travelers. The Qadir here are also suspected to be responsible of making their own, quiet, separate discoveries of Asha archeology yet simply harvesting the technology for their own gain.
===La Cour de Ciècle===
===Les Laques des Jeux===
La Cour de Ciècle is a vast desert which spans over Ithania’s southern border. This desert is nigh-inhospitable and is host to a quite literal expanse of nothingness. Despite this, deep under the sands lie many ancient Varran temples; sometimes discovered, these ruins are swifty stamped out by Ithanians wary of any trace of Varran culture.  
Les Laques des Jeux, or “The Game Lakes,” make up a significant part of the Ithanian heartland, found entirely within the territory of [[Hivre Castellajoux]]. The freshwater these lakes provide is used in local agriculture and food production, irrigating the vast fields of grains and grapevines that criss-cross the regions around their lakeshores. These lakes are also rich with wildlife and serve as valuable fishing grounds for locals and those who monger their catches in the cities of the area. As for more indirect uses, the region has been filled with trade since the time of the Allorn Empire, and many ships from across Aloria enter the lakes to visit the major cities that are situated on them. Three of the Lakes, and the three smallest, are Les Laque du Bordelle, Rhoneux, and Challon and sit spread out in the north, northeast and east respectively. They are named after three Altalar princesses who lived in Ithania with an attached myth about their relationship to their mother, Lunelle (the moon). These three smaller lakes are best known for hosting swimming and diving competitions. The last two lakes are the largest and sit facing south, being named Laques Madileine-Hibella and Corentin. While the first lake is more obviously named after the first Sovereign of Ithania, the second’s name has largely been obscured through time. Local myths claims it is named for a spouse of a past princess of Castellajoux, but the reality is that the lake is named for an Ailor who died before the Cataclysm, and was supposedly the brother of the steward for the local Altalar principality’s leading family. The rumor is that the Ailor man was actually the lover of the Altalar prince who his brother served, resulting in the name. These two lakes are common places for more complex water activities such as yachting in addition to the other styles of sports. They also feature some destination cities that take advantage of local tourism. All five bodies of water are connected by rivers, and themselves spawn rivers, some of which arc through hundreds of miles of Ithania before ending, though many instead dump into the Sea of Prosperity nearby.


===Lapalaise Plus-rême===
===Joyau-vert du Nord===
This city is unofficially the capital of the Ithanian Realm, where the seat of the Sovereign of Ithania is positioned, along with its various foreign embassies. It is located to the south-east coast of Ithania. Known as Lapalaise for short, the city is generally considered the most beautiful city in the known world, with architectural marvels situated on cliffs and river deltas that mouth into massive waterfalls, towering over the jungles below. The buildings themselves are often lined with golden decorative details and pure bronze roofs to make the city shine and visible even from afar.
Joyau-vert du Nord holds the distinction among Ithanian cities as being the only other capital of the Regalian Empire, though this was only for a few months during the chaos of the [[First Songaskian War]]. Alexander Kade, I left the City of Regalia to travel to Ithania, whereupon he bought the city and, from it, helped organize his marriage to the queen of Lusits, [[Juliana de Lobo]] (Kade after the marriage) the Mad. He ultimately reclaimed the Empire’s proper capital city but Joyau remained fully part of the Empire, Alexander I appointed a noble to run it who has done so unfalteringly for the past several years. The city, while not on The Game Lakes, is instead found at the mouth of a river delta near the most southern lake (though to the north of Hivre Carnigoux de Foix hence the name). The city is very decentralized, with a central strip of land at the middle of the delta serving as the heart of the settlement with large bridges connecting it to the other sections of the city. Some of these bridges can even lift apart to allow small cargo ships through. The highest point of the city is the local Unionist temple, a grand structure of vivid green roofs with golden domes and pristine white walls set at the edge of a steep drop down to the river line. Many of the upper-class structures in the city follow this same style but even those that do not still attempt to have some shade of green in their roof tiling. This temple, Heress Jimena du Nord, is also where the lavish, if not brief, wedding ceremony between Alexander and Juliana took place, which has resulted in pilgrimages there from the faithful of the Empire. The city is also held in high political prestige by local Ithanians because of these direct connections to the Regalian Empire.  


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*Many recent excavations in the Ithanian deserts imply that the Varran civilization may have been more than just a Nelfin-conquered people in times passed…
*Ithania’s citizens drink more wine in a decade than the total volume of clean freshwater in The Game Lakes.
*Ithania was once ruled by the [[Mad Queen of Dordonnais]], a woman so obsessed with beauty and longevity that she turned to [[Vampirism]] to prolong her life. Because of her horrific acts while ruling, many Ithanians in particular fear Vampirism and stray from it as best as they can.
*The Ithanian love for the moon means that, in most cities across the continent, grand lunar observatories exist to artistically frame the night sky to onlookers below.
*Ithanian ships the majority of its wood in from other locations due to their limited forests, many of which are protected by the nobility as spaces for them to hunt and test themselves against dangerous animals.  
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Ithania
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Geography
Full Name Ithania
Pronunciation Ith-ahn-nee-ah
Demonym Ithanian
Area 5,200,000 mi²
Population 15,000,000
Races Ailor, Altalar, Asha, Allar
Cultures Daendroque, Tolonne, Bragacao, Regal and Ithanian Ailor, Fin’ullen, Lesarra, and Teledden Altalar
Flora and Fauna

Ithania is well-regarded by the rest of Aloria as a breeding ground of wealth and culture. Located west of Regalia, Ithania is the home of the pacifistic, culture-oriented Ithanian Ailor who promote polyandry and matrilineal society. It is also incredibly tolerant, being one of the few human societies that welcome Nelfin citizens with open arms. In fact, Ithania is partially ruled by the Altalar as remnants of the old Allorn Empire’s system of governance. Modern Ithania came about from a peaceful transfer of power from the old Altalar administration to the new Ailor administration, by means of diplomacy and pacifism. Ithania, now subjugated under Regalia, is a huge source of wealth for the Empire, bringing forth wine and fancy silks of various quantities and forms for the rest of the world to enjoy - at a price, of course.

History

Nearly six thousand years ago, Ithania was occupied by the Third Civilization. This civilization lasted a few thousand years before it fell and in its place rose both the Dewamenet Empire and the Asha Race. How long they ruled in Ithania is unknown, but much like the Allorn Empire to their south, they rapidly expanded, reaching north into lands now lost and down south into Daendroc. It was there that they first clashed with the Allorn and also settled the offshore Ashal Islands, soon to be their last bastion as The Flight of Reason consumed both parties. In the end, unfortunately, the Asha lost and while millions died, millions more were enslaved and their society devastated. Ithania was scoured of all Living Metal architecture, and the Altalar used their new vast workforce to aid them in constructing massive urban centers which formed a major base in exploration north during the Consolidation. But their geographic distance from the heartland of the Empire was great, and by the time of the Blossoming, many regions leaned away from the wider Empire and sought to avoid the takeover by mages and Archmages which was crippling the south. This succeeded, and to secure their power, the Altalar in charge of the northern principalities of the Allorn freed their Ailor slaves. By the time of the Cataclysm, the Altalar held vast urban and agricultural holdings with thousands of Asha and Allar slaves operating them, while the Ailor had been freed. The region also was the site of the end of the Fifth Void Invasion, as records indicate the last Allorn Empress faced down the Void with her army in the far reaches of northern Ithania.

In the aftermath of the Cataclysm, the Asha sought violence to free themselves and either fled south in The Great Journey or found themselves kept in line by the Altalar-inclined Ailor who were now taking greater power for themselves. Overall, the unification of the Altalar and Ailor was a great success and many of the Altalar stayed, keeping their material wealth within the Ithanian economy as well as many of their skills and knowledge. They developed pacifist ways, though they did still punish slaves, and kept a strong army. This resulted in them being a target for Velheim raiding (something that continues to this day) and the Regalian Empire. Vladaas Kade arrived in 150 AC and the Ithanians proudly welcomed his takeover. From this point on, Ithania continued to grow under the protection of the Regalian Empire and become one of the most sophisticated lands in Aloria. Soon after the nation integrated into the Empire, the Ithanian Gem Boom engulfed Regalia in an economic miracle as several huge repositories of gems were discovered by Ithanian migrants in the Regalian Archipelago.

The wealth from these ventures solidified the Ithanian Sovereignty’s loyalty to the Regalian Crown and furthered developed Ithanian-cultured regions in the Archipelago. This same event later contributed to the Regalian Pessimism. Its effects on Regalia also adversely affected Ithania, though they recovered much quicker and found difficulties attached to the dragging nations that made up the rest of the Regalian Empire. Following the Chrysant War, many Allar in Ithania were joined by friends and family, and an overall economic boom began which has endured to this day. However, Ithania has been involved in a series of engagements that have not gone well for them in recent years. Following the declaration of the Humanume Legislation under Alexander I, a large army of Daendroque landholders and their militias marched north and attacked Ithania, slaughtering thousands. Then, the Asha stepped up their raids on Ithania upon the discovery of new ruins in the Ithanian desert (that the local nobility later blew up) that revealed some key information about the Asha’s past. Additionally, the Bone Horror Crisis wreaked havoc on their countryside, and the majority of the percentage of the population who died were rural peasants or slaves. The Kathar and their Dread Empire attempted to assail Ithania and were only fended off when Sihndar arrived to combat the menace and aid the local Regalian deployments. Finally, Ithania faced the dissolution of their political system at the hands of Imperial-inspired Regalian nobles, led by the man now called King Florent I. However, the matriarchal system of Ithania has proven too strong, and ultimately, his daughter will one day become Sovereign. Ithania itself continues to weather these storms, and it now looks to a future with its political prospects only growing as it extends its influence on all those around it.

Geography

Ithania is a highly diverse region, just like nearby Daendroc. It is located west of the Regalian Archipelago and north of Daendroc. It borders the Feerlais Ocean in the west. In the north, this region is cold and open, with its only protection being local fishing villages, the odd city, some sparse pine forests and a few massive boulders peeking up from the cold earth. It was here that the last Altalar Empress faced the Archdemon, though most believe that the site itself fell into the warm waters around this region as a result of earthquakes caused by the Cataclysm. Below this is the Ithanian heartland, an open expanse of plains, rolling hills, river lakes, and valleys between high peaks that go from coast to coast. The heartland also has sparse forests, but at the southern edge of the heartland are larger and older woods. The dominant feature at the center of the Ithanian heartland, however, is “La Mer d’Prospérité” or “The Sea of Prosperity,” a huge saltwater sea at the center of Ithania fed by the Pui-Luiz Channel out to the waters east of the continent.

Next, one reaches the large Ithanian desert, called the Paysec Desert. Sitting just south of the Sea of Prosperity and above the Verdant Wall that serves as the official border of Ithanian territory, this desert is an ancient place holding many ruins, though these are frequently destroyed. The northeast of Ithania is different from these other areas, and features dense woodlands before reaching Ithania’s traditional coastline. The continent’s coastline is made up of simple, sandy beaches, but has a more tropical appearance along the western coastline and near the Solacian Isles. Up north, it is also different, with the occasional sheer cliff and downright jagged rocky shore replace the sand. Finally, there is Île d'Ouesttre, located to Ithania’s southwest. The island is controlled by a single Hivre, and has a generally more humid climate, with much broader beaches, and is generally closer to being tropical than the mainland. Ithania’s overall weather is a mix of rain in the spring and summer with a snowfall that covers the northern half of the continent as the winter comes. Autumn is a rather dry and windy time for the region, resulting in huge piles of swirling autumn-colored leaves forever resisting order by sweeping in the major cities. Many of these stunning urban centers maintain their original Altalar designs and architecture, merely with Ithanian touches and new renovations applied over the years, thus helping in giving the region’s well-traveled sites an aged, cosmopolitan feel.

Notable Flora

Ithania has been influenced by southern Daen flora for centuries due to the Allorn Empire’s extensive presence in the region. One of the only confirmed local plants is the Fly Orchid, a plant possibly changed by the Cataclysm into being carnivorous, though only against insects, which makes it a very popular species. Other plants in the region, largely transplanted, include combustible and dangerous Fireweed which likely emerged from somewhere in Daendroc, the Water Lily which has been spread across much of temperate and tropical Aloria, and finally, Dúllci Cane. This cash crop is not as actively farmed as it is in Daendroc and other southern regions, but it is a necessary aspect of the local economy due to the many pastries and fine cuisine eaten by the upper class in which the ingredient is used. Another cash crop of great significance is Ullaline, the Teledden Altalar-born salt substitute, which is grown extensively in Ithania’s western Hivres.

Notable Fauna

Ithania is home to a diverse number of animals, many of them domesticated due to centuries of civilization dominating the continent. In the various cities and settlements across the landscape, a vast variety of domesticated dog and cat breeds like the Ithanian Sucre Cien and Ithanian Laceurci live alongside other local domesticated animals, like the Royal Canard, the Painted Lancierron and the Ithanian Lait-Blanc. Out in the wild, there are a multitude of animal species. Through the many waters of the continent swims the reptilian Longtail Croque and the Red Fairfin Fish. In the Paysec Desert, the hostile Triton Scorpide roams and combats travelers when or if it finds any. In the forests of the continent lives the rare Longtail Gryphon, a species often exaggerated to be larger and more fierce than they actually are. In the air, the Dragged Crow messenger bird survived the Cataclysm and is now commonly used as a means of communication across the continent. Lastly, in the waters outside of the continent, the Air Pocket Whale uses its large air sacs to help it quickly reach the surface to breathe.

Politics

Ithanian Sovereignty

While many might confuse Regalian interests with those of the Ithanian Sovereignty, in reality there are several key differences. While the Sovereignty is still loyal to the Empire and is dominated by the Unionist faith, Ithania continues to stand apart as its rulers work to maintain their unique society. Their hatred for the Asha has funded many actions against them over the years, while their love of the Altalar has led to unease since the rebirth of the Allorn Empire. Still, Ithanian wealth and principles push the Regalian Empire onward, and their many Hivres make up a diverse tapestry across the continent.

  • For information on the Ithanian Sovereignty, click HERE
  • For information on the Ithanian Hivres, click HERE

Notable Locations

La Portée du Paradis

  • Click HERE for more information on La Portée du Paradis

The Verdant Wall

Serving as the southern border of Ithania and running over and around the Verdant River between the east-coast Solsonne Gulf and the west-coast Richesse Gulf, the Verdant Wall is an imposing mess of contradictions. While the Altalar claim it to be a creation of Talea, erected to keep the Asha out of the Allorn Empire, the Asha and their allies will point out how the Asha ruled half of Daendroc for much of the conflict between the Allorn and the Dewamenet Empires, and insisted it is instead their devastated Great Wall. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that the Verdant Wall was once an instillation of the Asha, a final line of defense to fortify their traditional homeland of Ithania which extended farther than is currently present thanks to the Cataclysm causing large sections to crumble into the ocean. Regardless of the truth, the Verdant Wall was raised by someone prior to 2500 BC, and has stood ever since. The dense, several miles-deep formation reaches around a mile high into the air, and it forms around unnaturally tall and deep-rooted trees which grand ferns, mosses, vines, other trees, flowers and much more drap, wrap and knit themselves around. The structure also has buried within it many ruins and fragments of ancient Asha technology, long rusted and damaged, but also supposedly some earthworks virtually crushed under the weight of tremendously sized roots and other vegetation. The Wall is also muggy and humid, and has unknown diseases that plague those who spend too long in its dark shadows and few sunlight areas. While once impassable, the Cataclysm, and Ithanian enterprises has allowed for travel along its fringes, around the Wall via use of the two gulfs but also through a single well maintained route that cuts through the middle of the Wall. This route is more dangerous, however, despite its directness.

Paysec Desert

The Paysec Desert has been considered a wasteland for centuries, but more recently scholars have not been so harsh to judge the region. The Desert is very large, being one of the only known to exist outside of Farah’deen, with no rivers or oases except at its arid borders. It is known to be the place where the ancient Dewamenet Empire’s capital likely once stood, at the banks of a vibrant river which the records claim Talea made dry with a single spell. While neither the capital itself nor this dry riverbed have ever been discovered, several other ruins have been found over the years, largely stripped of their Living Metal mechanisms and merely buildings of stone and marble coated in sand. Most have been immediately destroyed by Ithanian nobility, but the Asha have learned to move fast with recovering their history. A few of the smaller ruins have seen whole sections spirited to the coastline and shipped elsewhere for the Asha people to explore and enjoy them in their states on the Ashal Islands. The most notable of these ruins emerged in 304 AC but these too were blown up by the end of the year. The Paysec Desert is also home to a duo of Hadrityas, raised in the southern and northern reaches of the region respectively. These two fortresses have stood since roughly 500 BC, and serve as a valuable point of contact for local travelers. The Qadir here are also suspected to be responsible of making their own, quiet, separate discoveries of Asha archeology yet simply harvesting the technology for their own gain.

Les Laques des Jeux

Les Laques des Jeux, or “The Game Lakes,” make up a significant part of the Ithanian heartland, found entirely within the territory of Hivre Castellajoux. The freshwater these lakes provide is used in local agriculture and food production, irrigating the vast fields of grains and grapevines that criss-cross the regions around their lakeshores. These lakes are also rich with wildlife and serve as valuable fishing grounds for locals and those who monger their catches in the cities of the area. As for more indirect uses, the region has been filled with trade since the time of the Allorn Empire, and many ships from across Aloria enter the lakes to visit the major cities that are situated on them. Three of the Lakes, and the three smallest, are Les Laque du Bordelle, Rhoneux, and Challon and sit spread out in the north, northeast and east respectively. They are named after three Altalar princesses who lived in Ithania with an attached myth about their relationship to their mother, Lunelle (the moon). These three smaller lakes are best known for hosting swimming and diving competitions. The last two lakes are the largest and sit facing south, being named Laques Madileine-Hibella and Corentin. While the first lake is more obviously named after the first Sovereign of Ithania, the second’s name has largely been obscured through time. Local myths claims it is named for a spouse of a past princess of Castellajoux, but the reality is that the lake is named for an Ailor who died before the Cataclysm, and was supposedly the brother of the steward for the local Altalar principality’s leading family. The rumor is that the Ailor man was actually the lover of the Altalar prince who his brother served, resulting in the name. These two lakes are common places for more complex water activities such as yachting in addition to the other styles of sports. They also feature some destination cities that take advantage of local tourism. All five bodies of water are connected by rivers, and themselves spawn rivers, some of which arc through hundreds of miles of Ithania before ending, though many instead dump into the Sea of Prosperity nearby.

Joyau-vert du Nord

Joyau-vert du Nord holds the distinction among Ithanian cities as being the only other capital of the Regalian Empire, though this was only for a few months during the chaos of the First Songaskian War. Alexander Kade, I left the City of Regalia to travel to Ithania, whereupon he bought the city and, from it, helped organize his marriage to the queen of Lusits, Juliana de Lobo (Kade after the marriage) the Mad. He ultimately reclaimed the Empire’s proper capital city but Joyau remained fully part of the Empire, Alexander I appointed a noble to run it who has done so unfalteringly for the past several years. The city, while not on The Game Lakes, is instead found at the mouth of a river delta near the most southern lake (though to the north of Hivre Carnigoux de Foix hence the name). The city is very decentralized, with a central strip of land at the middle of the delta serving as the heart of the settlement with large bridges connecting it to the other sections of the city. Some of these bridges can even lift apart to allow small cargo ships through. The highest point of the city is the local Unionist temple, a grand structure of vivid green roofs with golden domes and pristine white walls set at the edge of a steep drop down to the river line. Many of the upper-class structures in the city follow this same style but even those that do not still attempt to have some shade of green in their roof tiling. This temple, Heress Jimena du Nord, is also where the lavish, if not brief, wedding ceremony between Alexander and Juliana took place, which has resulted in pilgrimages there from the faithful of the Empire. The city is also held in high political prestige by local Ithanians because of these direct connections to the Regalian Empire.

Trivia

  • Ithania’s citizens drink more wine in a decade than the total volume of clean freshwater in The Game Lakes.
  • The Ithanian love for the moon means that, in most cities across the continent, grand lunar observatories exist to artistically frame the night sky to onlookers below.
  • Ithanian ships the majority of its wood in from other locations due to their limited forests, many of which are protected by the nobility as spaces for them to hunt and test themselves against dangerous animals.

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