Tales of the Crescent Isles
The Crescent Isles
The Crescent Isles is actually a collection of islands on the South-Eastern edge of the Lenoria Ocean. The most prominent island, and currently the only island known to be inhabited in the area, is officially named Ketera. Named for the Elves that first settled it, this name is rarely used; as the only island in the area, it is usually simply called “The Crescent Isle.”
A smaller island sits within the western curve of the much larger Ketera. Named Kalejimas (Prisoner in the Elven tongue) or simply “Prisoners’ Island,” it is called such because of the impenetrable ring of mountains that surrounds the island. There are many rumours and legends surrounding the island, but no one has been able to investigate the island to confirm or deny any of them.
A much smaller chain of islands lies to the South. The largest in the chain is known as Veil. Every 6 months this island becomes a sanctuary for the Eladrin fades from the Feywild and becomes manifest in the Crescent Isles. The once dead island becomes flush with vegetation and life, and a grand Eladrin city of polished stone and gems appears for 2 weeks before fading for another 6 months. Since the war the Eladrin have closely guarded the island and have been known to kill on sight, due to their enslavement during the course of the war by the Illean government.
Three groups of distinct peoples from various corners of the world eventually came to settle Ketera, the Crescent Isle.
The island has been inhabited for well over a thousand years, with the colonization of the Southern tip of the island by Elves, banished from their previous homeland due to religious persecution, according to the Theocratic Council. These Elves called themselves Illeans. The Elves expanded into the fertile plains and thick forests present in the South, eventually building the capital Illeau from which the country’s name originated.
As the oldest race currently residing on the island and their abundance of fertile which drives their agriculture-based society, they make up about half of the population of the island. Their population, while predominantly Elven, has started to see some diversification since the end of the Twenty-Five Year War.
For more information, read the dedicated article on Illeau.
200 years ago, more settlers arrived. Arriving from the North, they came for the purposes of expansion and personal endeavor. Mostly Dwarves and Humans, they came and settled the Northern portion of the island and erected the fort town of Stonegash built into the side of the Mountain Wall. They named the new land Likai after the expedition leader Lorin Likai.
It would be approximately 6 months before the 2 groups of settlers would meet as the Illeans generally kept to the Southern plains where agriculture was easiest while the Dwarves has started to work their way down the Eastern edge along the mountains.
It was chance that finally saw the two meet for the first time, but after the truce was signed, the Illean and Likian people greatly benefited from the union; the Elves of Illeau, with hundreds of years of experience on the island, were able to provide them with abundances of food/supplies and a greater understanding of the surrounding wilds, while the more industrious Likians provided mundane and magical tools of superior quality along with beasts of burden they had brought on the expedition. This greatly increased Illeau’s industrial and agricultural endeavours. While this peace did not last indefinitely, it greatly affected both cultures to the point where many trace their origins to both Illeau and Likai during this Golden Age.
For more information, read the dedicated article on Likai.
During the war that followed approximately 160 years later, the last group of settlers arrived. From a great trading empire to the East some weeks sailing away, they saw an opportunity in the war. The Loccaini, as they called themselves, anchored their ships between Prisoners’ Island and Ketera. After establishing trading agreements with both sides of the war, they were given land in the then war-ravaged central expanse of the island. Both sides were unknowing that they were being carefully supplied in order to prolong the war and increase the Loccaini’s profits.
At the end of the war the Northern Alliance dissolved, but as part of their agreement to ally with Likai, the Loccaini were given control of the vast majority of the central portion of the island between the Shining River and the Rocky River all the way to the Mountain Wall on the Eastern Shore. Naming their new land Loccain, a flood of settlers arrived looking to make their fortunes in the new land.
For more information, read the dedicated article on Loccain.