- Population: 110,840 (83% Anari, 5% Saxa, 5% dwarves, 3% elves, 2% engro, 2% frostborn)
- Ruler: Elected council (Council of Citizens)
- Religion: Maera, Neorthe, Var, and Ertha
- Imports: Jewelry, iron, wine
- Exports: Alchemical concoctions, grain, fi sh, timber, whale oil
The Anari emperors once ruled half of Rassilon from Alantaris. Rising to power around 1,000 years ago, the Anari were far more scientifically advanced than the native Saxa of southern Rassilon, though perhaps not as developed as the now vanished cultures further north.
While the Saxa were experimenting with iron, the Anari had already perfected steel. They also had knowledge of astronomy, mathematics, natural philosophy, and elementalism. The Anari began as a trading power, their vast fleet of ships hauling almost all waterborne cargo across Rassilon’s seas. Back then, their ships traveled the western coast north beyond the waters, now encased in ice, as well as to the baking desert realms to the south.
As merchants brought back word of the outside world and the wealth it held, the emperors began to see the world in a different light. As Emperor Bliddig I once famously said, “Why pay for it when you can take it?” Within a few centuries, much of what is now the western and central Hearthlands were firmly under Anari control, and colonies sprouted up as far as the eastern reaches, as well as in the area of the eastern Winterlands.
Anari supremacy seemed total. By the time of the Blizzard War, however, things were in serious decline. Numerous revolts in the northern territories pushed the border south, the eastern Winterlands were conquered by the armies of the Liche-Priest, and the Saxa rose up in the southeast Hearthlands in several bloody revolts.
The death knell came during the Blizzard War, when the Imperial City, once the greatest wonder of the world, was devastated in a few short minutes. It is estimated the island had a population of over a million before a vast Hellfrost dragon army arrived, circling in the sky and unleashing coldfire death. Legends tell of how the sky went as dark as night, such were the dragons’ number. Less than one percent of the populace were still alive a few hours later. The entire Imperial family was among the dead. Without a strong, central leadership, the remaining Anari lands on the mainland became autonomous states, such as Aspiria, Chalcis, and the Magocracy, or fell to the rebellious Saxa.
Since that fateful day, the island has remained only lightly populated, and the once great empire is now just a fable used to warn children about the dangers of greed and the lust for power.