The most civilised area of Anuire, the south has been settled longer than the new gods have enjoyed their heavenly thrones. Few places here have escaped takeover by humankind. As the residents can attest, the area is full of excitement and sites of interest. Old castles hide a wealth of information about the Anuire of days past. The Straits of Aerele just to the south are home to the feared Seadrake, while the Spiderfell to the north houses another abomination. And places of mystery still remain: the Erebannien in Aerenwe as well as domains – such as Mieres – where dark secrets have rendered them all but lost to the rest of the land.
The sun shines, gentle and constant, on the Southern Coast of Anuire. It caresses the waves dividing the province of Mieres from the rest of the region, and it dances upon the Erebannien, a forest that has stolen the hearts of many.
This coastal area, the first part of Cerilia settled by humans, boasts some of the oldest culture on the continent – barring, of course, that of the native elves, dwarves, and goblins. The region remains one of Cerilia’s most civilised and developed today. Unfortunately, the chaos of the 500 years since the death of Michael Roele has destroyed many of the marvels of times long gone, and locals have lost much ancient wisdom and skill.
Today on the Southern Coast
- Explorers have been seeking and finding ruins more than a millennium old, and emerging from these lost cities with knowledge and treasure. The more superstitious (or more prudent) people fear that investigating the ancient ruins might disturb a power better left asleep. Some have even gone so far as to post watches around these ruins, set to thrash intruders to ensure that whatever lies beneath remains buried.
- The Book of Days, kept under lock and key at the Imperial Conservatory in the City of Anuire, holds the secrets of the heavens and earth, some say. Many have died to possess this book, reputedly the most powerful arcane tome in Cerilia. Sceptics call it valuable merely because it contains knowledge unavailable to the common man – no other book can equal it.
But it has been stolen. Rumours place the Book of Days somewhere in the domain of Ilien, Roesone, or Aerenwe now – perhaps even taken to the heart of the Erebannien. The Imperial College of Astronomy has offered a hefty reward for its return, though officials there hope someone will be altruistic enough to return it without demanding the ransom.
- Rumours of war are winging their way across the Southern lands, and indeed all of Anuire. The armies of Roesone stand poised to repel an attack by Ghoere to the north, and folks have seen the rangers of Aerenwe emerging from the Erebannien to gather militia. While Ilien fortifies, the realms of Diemed and Medoere rattle their swords at each other across their border. With the season of war almost upon Anuire again, the main contenders for the Iron Throne marshal their forces for another try at the ultimate prize: rulership of a reunified Anuirean Empire.
- Bandits in Diemed have started harrying caravans bound for other kingdoms. Though Heirl Diem, Baron of Diemed has sent out numerous patrols to intercept these bandits, his soldiers have found nothing. Could these patrols actually belong to the bandit king’s forces as well as the baron’s? Perhaps there are no bandits, simply caravaneers who want their goods for themselves. Or maybe the one robbing the caravans is the mysterious wizard living in the southern mountains.
- Lately, Medoere has faced some trouble from Spider, stirring again in the Spiderfell after decades of quiet. Small bands of gnolls have crept from the wood to burn nearby steadings of humans or to pillage crops in Caerwil. Slaughtered bodies have been found in the smoking ruins of farmhouses, and parties of foresters have vanished with no trace. Whether this spells the beginning of a war, or simply a tactic to lure Ghoere or Roesone into relaxing their border watch along the Spiderfell, it still means trouble for the struggling theocracy of Medoere.
- According to new reports, ships regularly unload scores of warriors on the shores of the Erebannien in Roesone and Aerenwe. If true, this story means that some unknown power is violating the traditional neutrality of the Erebannien. Is it an Anuirean kingdom, or one from another part of Cerilia? The trespassers might even be shiploads of fighters from the ancient southern lands! In any case, the rangers of the Erebannien likely can not muster numbers enough to hold all the invaders at bay.
The most civilised area of Anuire, the south has been settled longer than the new gods have enjoyed their heavenly thrones. Few places here have escaped takeover by humankind. As the residents can attest, the area is full of excitement and sites of interest. Old castles hide a wealth of information about the Anuire of days past. The Straits of Aerele just to the south are home to the feared Seadrake, while the Spiderfell to the north houses another abomination. And places of mystery still remain: the Erebannien in Aerenwe as well as domains, such as Mieres, where dark secrets have rendered them all but lost to the rest of the land.