Athos: The Return
Excerpted from the Encyclopaedia Athorium (ed. 5998.2)
The Home Continent of Men and the largest continent in The Realm of Athos. The Continent is approximately 4,000,000 sq miles. The population is some 80 million in total. All races of Earth can be found here but the vast majority, some 80%, is human while Gnomes make up the second most which is around 10-12%. The continent is ruled by a single confederated government.
The Kingdom of Athos
The Kingdom of Athos is a strict confederation of semi-conquered lands. It is made of up five provinces and kingdoms who swear fealty to a high king in Alara. The kingdoms were confederated in the year 1265 of the Second Age after Alara, having previously conquered Elysium and Tartarus as well as forcing Confederation with Meridem, stepped in to halt The War of the Duelling Hearts between Oradem and Troix which threatened to destabilise the continent, by invading them and forcing Confederation. This established a Kingdom of Men which has existed for over 4000 years, though in a variety of forms.
The Dying Northlands- a dry savannah range that streches across the Central-North of Alara. The region receives just enough rainfall to sustain life, but dry or dead grass and foliage make up most of the thick wood.
The South-Wood- a Dry pine forest which is normally covered in snow for most of the year, only thawing for the late Spring and Summer Months. It marks the last large wood before the frozen wasteland that makes up most of Northern Tartarus.
The Three Rivers:
Danthros- The Northern river, which irrigates the Alaran Planes.
Ruthrum- The Centre river, whose main stem serves as the southern border of Alara.
Tears of Athos- The Southern river system that runs into the Elysian Mountains.
The Peaks of Hylas- The Mountain Range in Northern Meridem, rich in minerals and the Northernmost claim of Meridemian territory. North-Eastern point marks a common border between Alara, Meridem, Oradem, and Troix.
The Elysian Mountains- The Eastern most half of the Frozen Coast’s vast mountain range.
The Tartarean Stretch- The Western most half of the Frozen Coast’s vast mountain range.
The Frozen Coast- The Southern Icy beaches that run the south of the Continent below the Frozen Coast’s Mountain chain.
Shalestone Steppe- A rough and treacherous expanse of brittle rock, cliffs, and geysers that spit out heated gasses. The steppe ends in the east with towering cliffs at an average height of 400 ft and to the west where the shale dissipates into The Dying Northlands.