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The Realm of Pholôs

Pholôs is the realm which is at the centre of Norlandía. The realm’s two main cities, Stormhaven and Tarantum, are each built within two-mile-wide craters, which are six miles apart. It is said that the craters were made by the impact of something which fell from the heavens. The object split at the last minute; the lawful and honourable piece causing the crater where Stormhaven was founded and the immoral and malevolent piece falling where Tarantum now stands. This explanation goes a long way to explain the differing aspects of the two cities..

Insignia:                     Cobra
Ruled By:                   Kürskle Royal Family
Capital City:               Stormhaven
Other Cities:              Tarantum
Villages/Towns:         Charinmöl
Ports:                           No Ports
Ruins:                          No Ruins
Resources:                  Glass
                                      Precious Stones

The Town of Pinedale

The Town of Pinedale stood nestled in the foothills on the eastern edge of the realm of Pholôs. Peaceful and idyllic the town acted as a hub of trade and commerce between Pholôs and the nearby realm of Caulderon. This changed when the town was stricken by a strange plague of unknown origin causing Queen Burgrün Kürskle to deploy her army, supported by pyromancers, to cleanse the town.

Stormhaven and its sister-city Tarantum are separated by only five and a half miles, but poles apart in almost every other way. Both cities had been founded inside two-mile-wide impact craters from an object that had fallen from the heavens thousands of years ago, splitting into two at the last minute.


Travel between the cities involved going by road across the barren terrain of the Pholôs desert and then entering through the main city gates; or by the Rails; two tunnels that were dug between the cities eight hundred years ago to guard against either one being besieged. Excavated into the bedrock at a five-degree angle from each city, the Rails were a feat of engineering renowned throughout the Northern Realms.

The Thirteen


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The lands within the Northern Realms range from arid deserts to frozen tundra, and the vast majority of them are filled with untamed wilderness and untold dangers

The Ruins of Argdönsgate

The Realm of Ashensörth

The people of Ashensörth are guarded and furtive and so it is apt that Ashensörth has adopted the Shield as its emblem


The Realm of Caulderon

The forests of Caulderon are vast and expansive covering over half the realm and so the emblem of Caulderon is the Tree

Blackwood Forest

The Realm of Delathorn

The stone masons of Delathorn are the most experienced in the Northern Realms which is why the Castle is the emblem of their realm

The City of Neotherm

The Realm of Frigöris

Frigöris is a realm of ice and snow where warlords and tribes battle for the realm’s meagre resources. The emblem of Frigöris is the Bear

The City of Thanatüs

The Realm of Kankulēsis

The realm of Kankulēsis is known for its harsh laws and war-like tendencies proving that it is no coincidence the realm’s emblem is Crossed Axes

The City of Wittinshade

The Realm of Landledusk

The greatest navy in the Northern Realms belong to the realm of Landledusk which is why they adopted the Ship as its emblem

The City of Shadowvale

The Realm of Mantaras

The Horse is the emblem of Mantaras due to the fact that Mantarasian horses of pure stock are faster than those in the other realms

The City of Helystus

The Realm of Narquiss

The warriors of Narquiss are trained from their early teens and are ferocious in battle. It is their Horse Hair Helms that is the emblem of the realm

The Town of Pinedale

The Realm of Pholôs

Pholôs is a realm of contrasts; some cities are a beacon of civilization while the others are a pit of vipers. The Cobra is the emblem of Pholôs

The Town of Barrenstone

The Realm of Tantoräc

Tantoräc is an untamed realm of forests and mountains. Wars with neighbouring realms has left Tantoräc in disarray. The Wolf is the emblem of this realm

The City of Dragonov

The Realm of Umberöc

Umberöc is made up of five islands each with a city at its core. Dragons nest on the surface of each island and it is they which is the emblem of this realm

The City of Dolasie

The Realm of Valadöria

The realm of Valadöria is famed for its storms and tempests leading its Royal Household to adopt the Lightning Strike as the emblem of the realm

The City of Perethos

The Realm of Varahil

Varahil is a proud and noble realm whose gold mines ensure their army is both well equipped and well paid. The Eagle is the emblem of this realm

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