Kingdom of the Crystal Throne
Heraldry: Stylized Tree of Life
Ethnic Majority: Gael’Dar (Moon/Wild Elves)
Significant Minorities: Brynn, Erin’Tar (Sun/High Elves)
Major Religions: Ancestors (see Gael'Dar), Old Faith (Sarai, Eldrea, Rhaine)
Ruled By: Queen Alithera, the Crystal Queen
Other Noble Families: Aleandaar, Tyrneathem, Caenen
It is known that the forest the wandering Gael’Dar—called Moon Elves or Wild Elves by the humans—originally came upon was neither as vast nor as fierce as it is today. Since they settled there, the magics the elves of Seridane have worked upon the wild places have increased the danger and savage wildness of the forest , each year increasing the acerage that the massive woodland kingdom claims.
It is undeniably true that the beasts of the Forest of Seridane are far more aggressive and feral than those found anywhere else in Brittanis, and mayhaps anywhere in the world. Predators are larger, faster, stronger and vastly more cunning than those found elsewhere. The reputation the elven wood has for being a place of dangerous, beautiful, untamed places and like creatures inhabiting it is far more than bedtime stories to tell children. Calling the forest surrounding Seridane “The Nightmare Wood” is the utter truth.
It is not known why the Gael’Dar allow this situation to persist; scholars have concluded that they lose both population and resources to the hazardous nature of their kingdom just as surely as other nations lose ships to piracy or trade caravans to brigands every year. But thus far the elves do little if anything to stymie the dangers of their own homeland. They choose to live in a land that is as deadly as the elves themselves.
Information about the Kingdom of Seridane is spotty at best. It is known that the realm is ruled by a hereditary Queen, now ancient even by elven standards. She is by all accounts nearly four hundred years old and has ruled Seridane for since the death of her own mother; she can also apparently trace her ancestry back to the refugees who were exiled from Faerie thousands of years ago. She is Queen Alithera of the Crystal Throne, Protector of Seridane and it is she who gave the order to abandon the former capitol city of Caliduin and move the Court of Stars to the port city of Erethril.
Alithera was crowned when her mother fell in battle against the entity or force that destroyed the former capital city of Caliduin, and all tales of Alithera speak of her grave countenance— one popular bard song says that the echoes of her mother’s screams can be seen in her eyes. She is a just and competent ruler, by all accounts, but rarely if ever deigns to receive ambassadors from other realms. What trade is conducted by elven merchants is apparently entirely unregulated by government, as the elves only allow traders of other races a few miles inside their leafy borders.
...unknown. The Gael'Dar keep their politics and goings-on as quiet as possible. (Gael'Dar characters will get an "in-brief" at the beginning of their first event that details what their characters know about the situation within Seridane.)
Eyes and Ears: you serve the Crystal Throne as an agent, but few other than you know that. You wander the lands of the young races, perhaps posing as a scholar, or a mercenary, or even swearing fealty to a human Lord and serving for a decade or so as a knight or man-at-arms. Your real purpose, however, is to gather information on the human lands and report it back to the Crystal Throne... though the ultimate purpose of your task is unknown to you.