A continent located to the northeast of Tal’Dorei.
The climate in the central part of the Dwendalian Empire is similar to that of the real world’s Central Europe and Western Russia. Farther south in Wildemount is warmer, though north is arctic.
During the Age of Arcanum, there were approximately three major cities that utilized and had hoarded enough brumestone to be able to hold their entire cities aloft. One of these floating cities crashed in Eiselcross in the Biting North, and the Dwendalian Empire is currently excavating what they can of that fallen empire, referred to as Aeor. Another such city was Zemniaz, from which grew the Zemnian language and the culture of the Empire itself. The final city to be held aloft by brumestones was Kethesk, a shard of which came to rest in the Dreemoth Ravine where it was rebuilt into the city of Draconia, which lasted well into the modern age before it was destroyed by the Chroma Conclave.
When the Betrayer Gods were released into Exandria, they and their followers founded a kingdom of their own, called Ghor Dranas, located in the region which would later become Xhorhas. The city of Rosohna was built on the ruins of Ghor Dranas. The battles of the Calamity horribly scarred much of Xhorhas, and brought down the floating cities of Aeor and Zemniaz.
The Dwendalian Empire slowly spread to encompass its neighbors, the peoples of the Zemni Fields, the Marrow Valley, and the Julous Dominion. With the Empire’s victory in the Marrow War in about 545 P.D., all of Western Wynandir came under control of the Empire.
The Shearing Channel is the ancient divide between the continents of Tal’Dorei and Wildemount. A former land bridge was destroyed by the Calamity, leaving nothing but jagged rock and winding rapids that is nearly impossible to cross. It is said that great monstrosities live beneath the ancient waves and devour any who seek to cross.
Eiselcross is a large body of land to the north of the main Wildemount continent. It is separated from the mainland by The Frigid Depths, a large channel of water. Other than two small ice fishing villages that are considered part of the Dwendalian Empire, it is largely uninhabited. Dangerous beasts live outside of the villages so people generally do not go there. It holds the ruins of Aeor.
The Menagerie Coast is a collection of city-states on the southwestern coast of Wildemount and the Swavain Islands, bound to mutual self-defense and trade with each other through the Clovis Concord.
To the north and east of the Menagerie Coast and across the Cyrios Mountains lies Wynandir. This region is bisected by the Ashkeeper Peaks into eastern and western portions. In Eastern Wynandir lies the empire of Xhorhas, while Western Wynandir is ruled by the Dwendalian Empire.
The two nations have been at war off and on for as long as anyone can remember. Currently Xhorhas has the upper hand, and has annexed much of central Wynandir under their protection.
The Greying Wildlands lies north of Xhorhas and the Dwendalian Empire in Wildemount. It is a lawless realm harboring a curse that has kept it unconquered by human hands.
Blightshore lies east of the Penumbra Range and Xhorhas. Pre-Calamity, it was called the Miskath Strand.
The Dwendalian Empire
The Dwendalian Empire is a nation on the continent of Wildemount, dominating the western half of the region of Wynandir. The king is rumoured to be dying.
Xhorhas lies in the expansive wastes and turbulent badlands of eastern Wynandir. The dynasty is largely centered in the northern lands surrounding the ruins of Ghor Dranas, now the city of Rosohna. Known as the Kryn Dynasty, it is ruled by the Empress Leylas Kryn, the Bright Queen.