The nation of Illium sits some ninety miles off the coast of Mindeforme
in the east. It is an island chain comprised of four moderate sized,
forested islands; Ilia, Solit, Granai, and Seti as well as a host
of smaller islands. At one time, there formed a larger island, called
Illium, but it was sundered by Dey at the end of the Hailene War.
The islands are the tops
of gently sloped, underwater volcanoes and covered with lush subtropical
forests. The soil of Illium is the most fertile on the plain, but
the terrain is uneven and mostly unsuitable for agriculture.
In the dawn of the Age, the hailene were much beloved of the gods.
So much so that when the common races were being seeded throughout
Ere, the hailene were given the island paradise of Illium as their
own. A tropical land of plenty, Illium provided everything the hailene
needed and as trade began to emerge, it provided for the rest of
the world as well.
But then the gods stepped
back form the world and the dragons rose to power. Despite being
remote and free of Draconic Control, the hailene saw their fellow
races living as slaves and would not accept it. They infiltrated
the mainland continents, stole powerful magics from the dragons
themselves, and along with the elves and rogue dragon nations helped
rally mortal kind against their oppressors.
From the ashes of Draconic
Control rose the Vishnari Empire – but remote Illium was not
included. Where elven heroes was lauded, hailene heroes went unsung.
And to make things worse, the hailene’s patron god, Dodregaar
ceased communing with his hailene clerics. Enraged by these slights,
the hailene declared war on the world, seeking to take the respect
and power they felt hailene should be afforded by force.
The War of Ascension
was brutal and crippling to Vishnari, but it’s climax was
literally shattering for Illium. The goddess Dey struck the island
a mighty blow during a pitched battle, obliterating the hailene
fleet and sinking a large portion of the Illium mainland.
It would be
many centuries before the hailene would set foot on the broken island
again. Today, Illium still struggles to recover, its leaders selling
its history and very land to maintain the government and the once
heirs of an advanced civilization forced to pander to rich tourists.
The hailene of Illium had abandoned the tribal society they adopted
on the mainland and as a people struggle with the old, ingrained
superiority complex common to hailene. They try to make themselves
as open to other races and cultures as they can both to ensure their
children’s future as well as to erase the past sins of their
Other hailene, those
just returning and hoping to carve out a plot of land in the old
homeland to call their own, cling fiercely to that selfsame superiority,
attempting to create a cultural elite in the archipelago that enforces
cultural and racial purity. Both groups clash in the political arena
for the heart and soul of Illium.
Golems and other constructs
do most of the physical labor, so the hailene bend their concerns
to craftsmanship and artistic pursuits. Some of the world’s
most respected galleries and museums can be found on Illium.
As most citizens of Illium
are hailene and have a racial distrust of the Greater Pantheon,
worship of anything more than traditional hailene hero-gods is generally
frowned upon in Illium, though it is not strictly illegal. Cults
of Kayda have found their way onto the island as well and practice
With much of Illium’s mineral wealth now beneath the sea,
Illium’s economy has been crippled. In recent years, the government
has taken drastic measures to raise funds; selling ancient Illium
artifacts, licensing adventuring parties and historical guild digs
intent on plundering the ruins of the old empire, and even hosting
tours of said ruins for wealthy patrons. A fledgling industry has
grown up around souvenirs and luxury items.
This has had a secondary
effect of making Illium a destination spot for the vacationing wealthy
and the fraudsters and brigands that prey on them.
Artifacts and other lost
magical techniques are also routinely sold to the highest bidder
by the current administration.
Illium is a representative democracy with the population voting
once every three years on their ten representatives in the Legislature
and once every six for their Executive Minister. Governors in each
represented region are appointed by representatives and answer to
The current Executive
Minister is Johan Everret Goldwing. Like his predecessors, Goldwing’s
main concern is simply funding the nation while encouraging more
hailene to return to their homeland. To this end, Goldwing has resorted
to the relatively new method of print media to showcase his nation
in hailene communities.
and Individuals of Note
Phalanx of Justice
Founded in some fifteen years ago, the Phalanx is the elite guard
of the Legislature and Executive Minister. The Phalanx is made up
of both martial and mystically inclined individual who have proven
their unwavering loyalty to Illium and serve out of duty and the
promise of land to retire on. To become part of the Phalanx is one
of the greatest honors a young Illium hailene can dream of.
The capitol of Illium, Anda’Kanat is built on the ruins of
an ancient fortress. Towers of alabaster comprise most of the architecture,
though many of the many heavy blockhouses from the war have simply
been converted into shop space.
Anda’Kanat is best
known for its open air bazaar where the normal legal restrictions
on goods to be sold are lifted. Everything from exotic poison to
powerful scrolls can be bought at the Anda’Kanat bazaar.
Silver City is the port city that most ships that come from the
mainland weigh anchor at. The harbor also serves as a hub for deep
sea fishing and whaling industries, though the actual companies
are owned by foreign interests.
The Silver City Tournament,
a competition for warriors who mix martial prowess with magical
ability draws thousands each year during the gathering season.