Traveler's Guide to Ispentine
Foundation of Ispentine
600 years ago, this land was filled with warring elven tribes and reticent dwarves just building their homes on the mountainside, raiding the plains for their wages. Thaddeus Linnaeus gathered an army and marched through the Northeast Pass. He set order to the elves and left the dwarves fleeing for the safety of their burrows. He unified this land under one king, filling it with humankind.
The king established major trading roads leading all to his home in the capital, placed astride the Maridan river to encourage travel and economy. Industry sprang up in fishing and maritine trade. Despite all his success, the queen Analaeia would not bear child. A devoted man, he would not leave his wife. As they grew ever older, Quiet dissent and competition rose among the king’s fellows.
Faced with a hungry court and an unlikely heir, King Linnaeus decided to dissolve his monarchy. He divided the land into six provinces, each to be headed by a viceroy accountable to his fellows and elected by merit. He chose the first six from among his most trusted and capable men.
Finally, a blessing of Aisara was gifted upon Analaeia. The kingdom excitedly waited for news of the birth, yet nine months and it did not come. Taking this as an omen from the gods of cautious success, the five high preists of the primary pantheon, X of Aisara, Y of Kina La, Z of Lekker, A of Helta, and W of Yedoth, were called to observe the noble rulers and judge them in accord to the ethics and effect of their actions. At a ripe age of 54, in 47AU, King Linnaeus abdicated and retired with his queen to raise their new son, Laggaieus, born a month late.
Since then, the kingdom has prospered, and the ancient racism has relaxed. Elves are free to leave their hidden homes and join society, so long as they behave well. Dwarves have crafted elaborate homes within their mountains, such that their kingdom borders several without accurate knowledge of where they lie. Trade is paramount in Ispentine, both legitimate and quiet. A flourishing economy has been established with trade from Avoulondé to the North, and Vourés to the East. The nomadic halflings often bring goods to port. In addition, great pockets of industry have established throughout the country.