A Traveler's Guide to the Turamzzyrian Empire
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Talador is a thickly wooded territory to the north of the Empire.
It is bordered by the northern wastes to the north and the elven
woods to the east. The region enjoys lush but short summers, balanced
by long, bitterly cold winters. Most of the wooded areas are pine
and fir. The northern areas of the territory are mountainous and
support many mines.
Talador is a city that, until recently, relied primarily on mining
as a primary source of income. The dwarven miners of Talador were
legendary for their goods and services. In 4519, the dwarves built
Doggoroth Keep near the city of Talador, allowing them to mine protected
from the continual assaults by humanoids from the north. For nearly
500 years, the city was inhabited primarily by dwarves, until around
the year 5000, when the silver mines start becoming depleted. With
the silver quickly running out, many dwarves migrated to more fertile
mines. As the dwarves left, humans moved in and took over control
of the city and the barony. In 5030, the Empire annexed Talador
as an Imperial territory.
In 5087, Jantalar invaded and occupied Talador, making it formally
part of Jantalar. The reasoning behind this invasion was the lack
of noble leadership in the province. This hostile move by Baron
Lerep Hochstib caused new rules and edicts regarding inter-territorial
relations to be established.
This stout keep was built by dwarves nearly 600 years ago to protect
their silver mines in the area. The great citadel withstood the
orcs, ogres, and hobgoblins of the territory for 60 years before
falling to a massive orcish onslaught. The orcs terrorized the region
for over 500 years before being defeated by Jantalarian troops a
decade ago. Jantalar has placed a garrison in the keep, and the
humanoid threat has greatly diminished.
Eonak, Imaera, and Phoen are particularly popular deities among
the hardworking folk of Talador, and their festivals often honor
these gods. The height of revelry comes in the month of Imaerasta,
when the locals celebrate the marriage of Imaera and Eonak with
the Festival of the Land's Bounty. Three days of feasting each culminate
in singing, dancing, and trysting between young unmarried couples.
Handfasting ceremonies are especially popular during this season.