The Kingdom of Venucia or otherwise known as the Venucian Empire, is the dominating faction on Aurelia and is one of the oldest human founded kingdoms in the world. Consisting of a large territory with a collection of farming villages, small towns and a few cities, with one of the most well known being the port of Kigery. Kigery Castle stands tall against the low-lying buildings of wood and stone, receiving imports and shipping exports for the Capital. This port city boasts a variety of goods from all over the realm and it’s said that you can always find what you are looking for in Kigery, even if you did not know it. Kigery is also famous for their honeymead and food, especially their world-renowned ‘Kig’s Krusts’ which are a type cinnamon apple butter rolls. Another key place within the Venucian empire is Ramstead village, located just a couple miles outside of the Capital and just bordering the The Fraesalen Grasslands. Ramstead is home to many of the peasantry and farmfolk. These hardworking individuals live working to feed themselves and farming for the masses as a means of income. While some of this village is rolling farmlands of innocent people living the simple life, working for their share, there is a darker side. Just to the east is the The Aroa'n Mire. Nefarious and dank, mercenaries, rogues, anarchists, murderers and just your basic criminal calls this place their hideout. The makeshift little community has built upon just a tiny part of the swampy grounds that expands for miles. The Mire shelters various monstrous creatures such as Orc, lizardfolk, Forest trolls, Ogres and some wicked Fae. Some of the more intelligent beasts have been known to do business with the group situated just at the edge of their territory.
The Capital; The Heart of the Venucian Empire
At the very heart of Venucia is the Capital, a vast display of grandiose architecture developed over hundreds of years and occupied by many cultures and races in a large human headed melting pot. Even with the underlying ways of the many different people that live within the Capital, the general feel and way of life is aristocratic. Many here indulge in the advancement of their technology and development of magic as a fuel like resource. Airships owned by those of great wealth float overhead amidst the towering structures, while people of diversity flourish and adorn fine clothing beneath them. The latest trends and fashions usually spark from this area, being created by the many merchant and artisans that call the area home. At the center lies an expanse of institutions that make up the largest collection of Guilds and Schools in Lynnea. Individuals of all walks of life journey and settle here for these very places of learning, hoping their endeavors will bring them to a highest honor within their studies. This area is called The Lyceum’s Plaza and is home to notorious guilds such as; The Savant, renown for housing some of the world’s brightest minds, and Astrena Tor, one of very few magical establishments that caters to all races and up keeps a high level of advancements. Others include The Aurelian Bard’s College and The Champion’s Guild, alongside the Prunella Vulgaris Medical Institute. Smaller schools reside here as well and there are always surfacing rumors of a villainous collection hiding amidst the public eye.
Aurelia is the largest continent on Lynnea, the most vast and said to be one of the most beautifully diverse. With rolling hills, high mountains, forests with a bounty of color and fertile grasslands, it has grown into a prosperous place to live and is home to various native and foreign races. Established here is only one very large centralized kingdom amongst the spread of racial factions, nomadic people and self-governed villages. Creatures of all shapes and sizes roam these lands, some malicious and prowling the wilderness while others harmless, peacefully living amongst the trees. It is rumored even a dragon or two have claimed territories in the area. Located in the west, Aurelia is believed to be the area where the first humans took their steps towards creating civilization thousands of years ago by the will of Ayn.
Throughout Aurelia, shrines, new, visited, and even abandoned can be found. The most common is the Mother Goddess, Ayn, worshiped mainly by the many humans that thrive here. Offerings of carved wooden animals, fresh fruit, and tokens of an individual’s life around candles are usually found at the base of her statues. People who worship Ayn take great care to light any candles that have gone out, even if they are simply passing by. It is said that if you take the time to do this simple task that Ayn blesses you with good fortune and to ignore it is an act of great disrespect. The only area in Aurelia that Ayn’s shrines seem to not litter is the territory of Tal En’nim or otherwise known as the City of White or The White City. A high elven kingdom that lies east of the Venucian Empire and is the only other faction that is big enough to combat said Empire. Xenophobic, these elves live in an extravagant porcelain city with towering walls laced with their precious trees deep within a beautiful deciduous forest. This forest is heavily patrolled by elven soldiers and rangers, guarding their territory against Venucian poachers that try to hunt and forage rare animals and plants that are protected by Tal En’nim. Both parties till this day hold a strong distaste from one another and frequently skirmish over land and resources.
Surrounding the Venucian Empire is a large temperate coniferous forest filled with tall evergreens. These forests, known as the Wollon Woods, stretch for days in the center of the lands and eventually lead to where the Scaleback Mountains reside with their sharp peaks and deep valleys overlooking the cold Great Sea in the north. These dense woods are mostly uninhabited by humans due to the dangerous wildlife, roaming tribes of Wild elves, territorial colonies of wood elf and the great Balkar pack that lays claim to the land. Bandits and highwaymen are also prevalent on the main routes winding through the forest. The tall trees, however, do make for many logging camps despite this because of the wonderful wood that can be gathered. The Scaleback Mountains rest just out of the grips of Venucia, though many people travel there to bargain for precious metals and other rare items from the dwarves of Vortodihr that have made the peaks their home. An Avariel kingdom, Iye'orod, rests on the far side of the second tallest mountain and constantly wars with local Harpies, though some tell tale of them battling a stronger more primal force recently, one that of fire and scales. Deep beneath these elevations lay the oldest Underdark, No'amuth, and is foretold to have been crafted by Vesa herself after her fall from the Empyrean. The Drow here are ancient, elusive, and consider themselves pure, or blessed, compared to others of their kind as they claim to be descendants of the first ever Drow within Lynnea.
Traveling to these Mountains is no easy task. Just as any wilderness there are many dangers and hostile creatures, especially if a person is to trail from the trading routes. The Frogrook foothills at the base of the mountains are littered with packs of Gnolls that hunt the groupings of gnomes that live there. Venturing South from the Foothills leads into miles of plains named The Fraesalen Grasslands, which are populated by several tribes of Plains Minotaur and herds of Fraesian Centaurs. Two of the most notable factions amongst these are The Senuye; an elder led tribe of Minotaurs governing the south western side of the Nervelli stream that cuts through these lands. Allianced with these Minotaurs is the Oye, a Matriarchal tribe that is relatively smaller than the Senuye but has banned with them to protect their territory from the Larger herds of Centaur further north of their positioning near the Nervelli. Halfling tend to settle in the Grasslands as well. Comfortable under the stretched sky above them, the small humanoids labor to build shires and trade generously with any settled nearby in hopes of being left in peace.
Just beyond is the final peak of the Scaleback mountain range. Here Northern Aurelians scatter the backside of the mountain in large villages. The most prominent being that of Harfell, which is lead by a Jarl that watches over the majority of the communities dotting the mountainside. These men and women speak in a rough accent and are larger built, more hotheaded and harder working than their relatives in the West. Northern Aurelians farm and export the largest amount of wool from sheep and goats though other more barbaric tribes to the farthest reaches of the continent tend to war and pillage as their way of life. These people however despite their chosen way are family oriented and tend to protect their own before all else. Women of the village especially are prized and are held in the highest regards. Touching a fellow woman without her permission could mean the loss of limbs or even life. Harfell and the other villages even though they frequently trade and may travel to the Empire are self-governed and due to the treacherous mountains shielding them, safely lay out of reach of the dominating faction.