Chalcis

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  • Population: 88,637 (65% Anari, 13% Saxa, 12% hearth elves, 6% frost dwarves, 3% frostborn, 1% engro)
  • Ruler: Duke Howel ap-Selyv
  • Religion: Ertha, Thunor, Var, Kenaz, Sigel
  • Imports: Artwork, gems, leathergoods
  • Exports: Copper, iron, jewelry, silver

Background

Conquered by the Anari Empire around –350, Chalcis remained a major province until the first decade after the Blizzard War. Realizing the empire had effectively ceased to exist, the inhabitants, most of whom were Anari anyway, sought independence from the tyrannical rule of the emperors and their wicked governors. A cabal of military commanders ousted the regional governor and angry mobs set upon the few Anari troops who would not join the cause.

Aspiria, the largest province to survive the disaster relatively intact, promptly sent an army to crush the uprising. Chalcis had always been rich in metals, and the King of Aspiria, Alaric XIX, had designs of rekindling the empire with a new imperial line, namely his own.

The Aspirians were soundly defeated in the Battle of the Middle Hills, Alaric’s rivals overthrew him under the pretext his actions had drained the economy in a senseless conflict, a new royal family ascended the throne, and Aspiria and Chalcis quickly developed close trading ties.

Chalcis has weathered several orc incursions, the last coming over two centuries ago. Dealt a severe defeat, the orcs have since retreated into the mountains, though scouts indicate their strength is almost rebuilt, and there are signs they are preparing for an attack.

Two disasters are currently befalling Chalcis, however. First, without the protection of the Icebarrier Mountains, and perhaps because of the proximity of Witchwood, winters are already severe. Indeed, only the southern areas of Chalcis sheltered by the Granite Mountains are considered Hearthlands, the rest now being part of the expanding Low Winterlands.

Second, the appearance of the mysterious beings known only as the Scavengers 110 years ago is having a disastrous effect on the economy, which relies on the rich veins of copper, gold, and iron found in the eastern Granite Mountains. To begin with, sightings were rare, perhaps one per decade. In recent years, however, dozens of villages have been attacked, and scores of mines closed due to the relentless tide of the metal monsters. Production has dropped almost 50% overall and there is no sign the Scavengers have finished their attacks.

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Chalcis

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