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Taldor


Andoran
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Alignment: Neutral
Capital: Oppara
Ruler: Grand Prince Stavian III
Government: Decayed bureaucratic empire
Languages: Common (Taldane), Kelish
Religions: Abadar, Aroden, Calistria, Cayden Cailean,
Norgorber, Sarenrae, Shelyn



Knights, fair maidens, heroic adventures, and righteous quests—these are the legends of old Taldor. But the once-powerful empire has fallen from its former glory. Now rival nobles battle each other with bitter knights and proxy armies for personal power rather than honor. A smoldering truce with Qadira again threatens to ignite into war, and Taldor's daughter states look down upon her with contempt. Yet there is still greatness in Taldor; a stone foundation under the flaking gold adornments. Sons and daughters of forgotten royal bloodlines hear change on the wind—but is it the whisper of greatness to come, or the death rattle of an empire long past its prime?

Geography

Taldor was once a land filled with lush forests. However, all that remains of the original landscape is the druid-protected Verduran Forest, located in the nation's northern region. Elsewhere the natural trees have been replaced by grasslands and low scrub growth. During the height of the empire much of this expanse was populated by small settlements, each interconnected by a series of roads and canals. With Taldor's decline, however, many of these small communities have been abandoned. Roads have been reclaimed by nature, and the canal system has fallen into disrepair.

Major geographical features act as natural boundaries between the empire and its neighbors; to the north the Fog Peaks serve to divide Taldor from the nation of Galt. The Sellen River flows through the Verduran Forest, along the boundary of the empire and its western neighbor, Andoran. To the east, the World's Edge Mountains and the Whistling Plains provide a buffer between the failing Taldan empire and the empire of Kelesh. Finally, Taldor is separated from its long-time enemy to the south, the nation of Qadira, by the Jalrune River and the Zimar Scrublands.

The lifeblood of the nation is the River Porthmos, which has its sources in the World's Edge Mountains and winds its way through the vast grasslands of the Tandak Plains before pouring into the Inner Sea. The capital, Oppara, is located at the mouth of the river.

Taldor's natural resources include the towering blackwood trees of the Verduran Forest, the countless iron mines of the World's Edge Mountains, the olives and grapes of the southern coast between the Porthmos and the Jalrune, and the wineries and vineyards of the Zimar Scrublands.

Settlements
  • Adrast
  • Belhaim
  • Cassomir
  • Dalaston
  • Demgazi
  • Elbistan
  • Elsekulp
  • Faldamont
  • Golsifar
  • Karakuru
  • Kozan
  • Lionsguard
  • Kravenkus
  • Maheto
  • Merciful Bay
  • Monastery of the Seven Forms
  • Mut
  • Old Sehir
  • Oppara
  • Ortalaca
  • Ridonport
  • Sardis Township
  • Stavian's Hold
  • Tribulation
  • Tregan
  • Torcova
  • Wispil
  • Yanmass
  • Zimar


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