This isn't even a rough draft, really - it's incomplete, and mostly going to disappear into the background. These entries aren't supposed to be long essays on history; they're short snippets of "where is this/what makes it different/interesting". It was useful in working out the outline of some history, and I thought people might like to see an "early" version. Someday there'll be a "later" version to compare it to.
ASAVAR, KINGDOM OF
The Cloven Kingdom
Once little more than a pastoral backwater, Asavar has became a symbol of the waning power of human civilization in the Shadowend. Sixty years ago, a great horde spilled out of the Glittering Plain and overran Asavar, decimating its population and driving the survivors into the neighboring kingdoms. Roen and Larenyss were able to marshall their forces and stop the horde at the Greenflow, but the toll on Roen was particularly steep. With the horde subdued, King Ethelren of Larenyss sensed an opportunity and attacked Roen. The move proved disastrous in more ways than one – Ethelren died near the end of the first day’s fighting, and his heir, Carron, was stubborn, short-sighted, and diplomatically blind. The duchy of Gaunes, linked to Roen through marriage and family, promptly withdrew their troops, as did the duchy of Shalane and the duchy of Kestrellar. Carron, who held Roen responsible for his father’s death, saw these as treasonous actions of the highest degree and summarily executed a number of nobles linked to those duchies – nobles who had, ironically, stayed loyal to their king. King Carron died only a few years later, but the damage was done – Larenyss, once the power of the Shadowend, shattered into feuding kinglets.
Asavar and Roen forces eventually regained a small portion of Asavar, the duchy of Celadan, but most of Asavar remains in monstrous hands. Brindish, Asavar’s capitol, is held by the Three Sisters, a covey of powerful hags who have bred an army of bastard creatures and make frequent raids into neighboring lands to capture slaves.