Aspiria

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  • Population: 264,755 (75% Anari, 10% dwarves, 8% taiga elves, 5% engro, 2% frostborn)
  • Ruler: King Halgroth V
  • Religion: Eostre, Ertha, Hothar, Sigel
  • Imports: Horses, metal
  • Exports: Gems, oil (olive), wine

Background

Aspiria was once a major province of the Anari Empire. The borders once stretched as far north as the Ice Wall, encompassing what are now the Battlelands and Borderlands, and east into the Drachenlands and Chalchis. At least that was what the map showed.

In reality the outer regions were never totally pacified and never fell into the emperors’ grip. The far northern territory was abandoned after the war against the Liche-Priest, when the shattered armies of Aspiria struggled to defend even the central regions from orcs and bandits. Although the current northern border encompasses land across the Westflow, there are few settlers here, and no fortifications. For all intents and purposes, the Westflow marks the true border.

Aspiria gained independence shortly after the Blizzard War, the governor declaring himself king after the news of the destruction of the Imperial City reached the shores. Given that he already controlled the province, the citizens simply saw it as a change in title rather than any sort of coup. Most were simply thankful they had survived the Blizzard War relatively unscathed.

During the Golem Uprising, Aspiria’s high population of golems, a leftover from the days of the empire, went berserk, almost destroying the capital and inflicting great loss of life across the land. The final battle of the Uprising took place outside Kingsmead, where the golem army met its end.

Aspiria has always had a problem with orcs, who inhabit the Granite Mountains in large numbers. Decades ago, the lands of the Eastern Marches were inhabited by fierce tribes of orcs. A crusade led by then-king, Halgroth IV, drove the orcs from the Eastern Marches and back into the deep mountains. Slowly at first, but with gathering speed, new villages sprang up on the many hills once held by the orcs. For the most part the villages grew and prospered, and
within a few years, the orcs were just a bad memory. For the first time in centuries, peace ruled instead of fear and bloodshed.

All that changed several months ago, when trappers and hunters spotted large parties of orcs roaming the borders of the Marches. Shortly afterward, the orcs began attacking remote villages and farms, slaughtering all who stood in their path. After almost half a human lifetime, the orcs had returned. What has driven them to conducts raids is yet to be investigated.

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Aspiria

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