Return of the Long Night
Region Lore – Miir
Miir is the name given to the region situated south of the Keyten River, and between the Langase to the west and Alana to the east. This region collectively known as Miir is actually a collection of semi-independent lord-holdings and scattered homesteads. This wilderness is strewn with many mysterious ruins.
The downs of Miir have the richest soil in Emer and were once the heart of the Emerian Empire under Aldaron. As with neighbouring lands of Stroane and Vornia, many of the Miir lords hold titles passed down and have since the days of the old Empire.
Less than a decade ago, most of Miir had been united under the Kings of Orian, for several centuries. Miir is a land of feudal alliances. However, the Orian pact has splintered when the Katra of Stroane lay siege to Orian and demanded the King’s surrender. The king was forced to do so and the Katra received the king’s allegiance and married his daughter. Recent events have continued to disrupt the political situation in Miir.
Orian and Relian anchor Miir at north and south. Most other towns have grown up around feudal manor holdings. There are numerous farms and small villages scattered across the countryside. Also virtually every 15 miles or so along most roads, one will encounter a small manor or castle.
Orian: A walled city on the north shore of the Sea of Votania, Orian is built on ancient foundations. During the time of the Emerian Empire, a port stood here which served ships making the 50 league journey by water from the capital city of Aldain on Votania. Orian is a thriving city centrally located in Hæstra. Orian is fairly cosmopolitan, though one does not see many races other Shay or Laan. Crime and corruption are moderate.
Relian: On the southern bank of the Keyten River just before it joins the cold, swift Taursa, Relian is a crossroads between Bodlea and the heart of Hæstra. Traders coming through te Choak Gap pass through here, as well as those coming overland from Danarchis. This city-state has an unusually diverse population: one might see Anzeti from the Emer highlands, Bodleans who have abandoned rural life for the city, a few Loari Elves and even a few Jaaderi. The vast majority of the population remains Shay, however, followed by Laan. Relian is administered by Chamber of Five.
Bornay: A small town just south of the Keyten, Bornay grew up beside an ancient Empire-era bridge, the only one spanning the Keyten River for three days’ walk in either direction. The town and bridge are controlled by the Lord of Bornay Castle.
Pellern: A way-stop along Imperial highway from Relian to Bentara on the Izaran coast. Pellern is a poor run-down community, which has seen better days. Once it was a wealthy mining town, when gold flowed from the mountains.
Chelzaria: At the meeting of the upper Langasse on the north and the Deer Run River on the south, this sizeable town is still mining its wealth from the mountains as well as from the field and river. It is a common suspicion among the townsfolk that there is an underground fortress of Elves nearby. Many townsfolk speak of glimpsing what appear to be tall dark men on huge scorpion-like steeds in the night, or shadowy travellers with an Elvish men on the roads.
Helberna: A bustling town is not only a busy trade centre on the shores Votanian Sea but is also the home of the high temple of the goddess Mynistra. Mynistra is one of the local gods of Hæstra, who is also known as the three-faced: Love, Wisdom and Protector. The High Archbishop of the Mynistran Church is located here and much of the surrounding land is ruled by lords who are also bishops of her faith.
Tovor: This town has the unfortunate distinction of being near the reputed lair of Motar Voorg, the Red Dragon. This beast has yet to attack the town, but he has been seen in surrounding areas though not for many years. A large reward was placed decades ago on proof of the dragon’s slaying, but it has yet to be collected. Many folks now talk as if this tale is fictitious, used to frighten children and justify the large military tax of the lord of the region.
Bokpentok: This town rests on the north shore of the Alana River, at a crossroads between three large cities. It is surrounded by a low stone wall and the lord ruler, Count Hirotha, has an ancient castle overlooking the town. A large abbey of Mynistra is also located nearby.
Racial Origins: most Miirians are of Shay descent, though some show evidence of Laan blood. Occasionally, Talaths settle here and raise generations of children in the area, providing soldiers or the like rather than farmers to the population.
Politics: Varies from village to village, but most are controlled by local lord in his castle, who in turn answers to the regional lord. This is generally a feudal society, with most of the wealth in the hands of the lords and their families. Military forces are arranged along similar lines.
Currency: mostly barter, but a few minted coins are seen from neighbouring regions
Language: varies, but commonly seen are Shay, Erlin, Tal and some old Emerian
Worship: Mynistra is the most followed local deity in Miir; many also worship the Lords of Orhan (though often called the ‘lesser gods’ here) and a few are rumoured to follow the ‘Dark Gods’