HISTORY OF THE ENCLAVE
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1/GEOGRAPHY OF THE ENCLAVE 2/HISTORY OF THE ENCLAVE 3/RELIGION IN THE ENCLAVE 4/THE FOUR DUCHIES : a- MORANON 4/THE FOUR DUCHIES : b- GORVANON 4/THE FOUR DUCHIES : c- NORLAMON 4/THE FOUR DUCHIES : d- BALLAR 5/ARGYL, THE GATE TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD 6/OTHER INHABITANTS OF THE ENCLAVE : NON HUMAN AND GREYS 7/KUZDALITAR : THE DWARVEN KINGDOM 8/URBELINDEL : THE ELVEN KINGDOM 9/MAGIC IN THE ENCLAVE 10/FAMOUS PLACES AND PEOPLE IN THE ENCLAVE 11/CAMPAIGN NOTES: HOLY WAR IN GORTINA
2/HISTORY OF THE ENCLAVE
After the War of the Signs, in 4280 Ardun Time (AT), some human who had made the decision to abandon the old gods, destroy all magic and hunt the other races as creatures of magic and evil found themselves on the brink of destruction, considered as wrong doers, and their side having lost it all when the gods and the heroes came back.
Some of these human split, spread and acknowledged their mistakes, slowly mixing among others and forgetting their madness.
Others though, who had been more extreme in their conversion had become dangerous for the stability of the world and technically impervious to divine magic and general magic.
They were to be destroyed.
But there had been enough bloodshed and the temporary rulers who saw ahead of them the hard task of restoring the peace and harmony in the world decided to spare them. For their protection and the conservation of a wise balance among the mystic forces and the races, these human were placed in a country surrounded by mountains, in which they would become prisoners, cut from the world, with no right to mix with other races ever again: This country was thus called The ENCLAVE.
This country was nearly deserted. A few tribes of goblins and Uruk coming from Argolath had been living there, and there were two outposts from Argolath in the country. There were also some dwarves, elves, Argruz and Greys. An expedition was formed in 4298 to clean up the Enclave. The cleaning took two years, but the Argolath outposts were eventually destroyed, and all inhabitants of the Enclave exterminated or displaced. Or that's what people in charge thought at that time. Some were still living in the Enclave, although in remote and hidden places. Their fate is described further below.
The creation of the enclave took place in 4300 AT.
The country that had been given as shelter for these human was far from bad. Fertile lands well irrigated by quiet rivers, with lakes and grassy plains, deep forests and a mild climate made it into a rich a peaceful haven where these human prospered in complete autonomy, separated from the rest of the world. it was a strange land though. Completely cut from the rest of the world, the mountains that surrounded it were impossible to cross and there existed only one way out, toward Ardun : a great tunnel that had been dug by the Altani (Or so it is believed). For what purpose, no one knew and some suspected that this country had been long time ago a sacred place of the Altani. No information on the Enclave being available from the Otani, the only race to know a little bit more about the former masters of Sharene, and no temple or sacred site having been discovered, the matter was settled and the land being extremely convenient, it was decided to give it to the refugees. They could be left to themselves, without any fear that they would escape since only one gate had to be guarded.
There were also however some permanent guardians and inspectors roaming the Enclave to make sure that a new revolt or plan to overthrow the ancient order wasn't being conceived.
The peace and quietness that followed the creation of the enclave did more than punishment or war to soothe the spirits, and after some time, some communication was reopened between the rest of the world and the Enclave, for commercial purposes mainly. Inhabitants of the Enclave were still forbidden to leave their country though.
The laws progressively became less tough and some special authorizations of departure were granted to citizen of the enclave who would be able to prove their willingness to mix with other cultures. The first men to leave the enclave departed in 5102 AT.
Strangely though, non human were not completely unknown in the Enclave. A small colony of elves had always lived in the forest of Urbedron in the North East and never accepted to leave their land, although they moved back inside the forest and are considered a legend for Human in the Enclave since they have no contact with outsiders and their forest is considered a dangerous place where no one goes. This Elven Kingdom is called URBELINDEL.
Similarly, dwarves are said to live in the mountains of Emin Tarad, a very important location since it is the border with the evil land of Argolath. One of the reasons to put the human refusing magic in the enclave was that this land was a border of Argolath for both Erebar and Ardun. The fact that these human were strongly militarized and resistant to magic made them a perfect choice to guard the border. They would fight dearly for their freedom and would be less likely to be tempted by the magic powers of the sorcerer lords of Argolath
This proved to be a good calculation and since that time no attempt was made by Argolath to invade the enclave or seduce their lords who are wary of any magical influence.
The mountains however are not empty. Even though they have the reputation to be impossible to cross, dwarves had come long time ago to mine ore and formed a colony on the side of the enclave in the Emin Tarad, .
This colony found itself cut from the rest of their folks, unable to move North or West toward Argolath, having to protect their back from the dangers of the sorcerers' country, and unable to move South or East since the Enclave was like a big no Man's land ending with walls to stop them from connecting with Erebar or Ardun. These Dwarves became autonomous and created their own city, eventually starting some little trade with the Enclave, but remaining discreet about it. They have a king and their city is called KUZDALITAR.
Other former inhabitants of the Enclave are described in the non human races chapter.
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