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The Kingdom of Lantar

Lantar is ruled by Queen Harriet II. It is a feudal kingdom ruled by the nobility. The nobility is largely human, although there are some dragonborn knights. There are a rare scattering of nobles from other races, but none that hold any major lands.

History

The Lantar dynasty is 400 years old and the kingdom closely mirrors an ancient elven civilization that was destroyed by barbarians and their daemonic shamans. Most of the elven cities were razed and the land blighted and cursed by dark magic. The last elven settlement fell 500 years ago and in between the elves and the Lantars the land was ruled by the monstrous creatures that resulted from the cursed souls of slain elves. Even now the wilds in between the fortress cities are not fully explored and many of the human settlements are built upon the haunted ruins of the elves’ lost civilization. Most elves and half-elves are descendants of refugees from this war.

40 years ago a daemon lord known as Ghazkyan awoke the spirits of cursed elves and summoned a daemonic army from the barbarian wilds to the north. A massive battle ensued near the fortress city of Bastion. The battle seemed lost until Anna the Red (Deceased) and her mercenary company of dragonborn knights arrived at Shendil. They crossed the river at the site now called Redford and flanked the daemonic army. This manoeuvre proved decisive and Ghazkyan was defeated at the site now known as Ghazkyan’s Scar. Even to this day it is nothing but a huge area of blighted wasteland. Sites of horrific daemon sacrifice and torture are still being discovered in the less visited areas of the land.

Settlements

Bastion
Redford
Uphill
Downhill
Greydale
Strongbank

Places of Interest

Stormhold
Ghazkyan’s Scar
Haunted Forest
Twilight

People of Interest

Anna the Red (Deceased)
Sir Vandar (Deceased)
Sir Roderick
Sir Markus

Justice in Lantar

Commoners may be judged and sentenced by any knight of Lantar or their appointed officer. If a commoner stands as judge, the knight’s seal is required to affirm the judgement.

Nobles can only be judged by a tribunal of 3 knights, as appointed by the Lord of the province in which they are accused. A noble may only be accused by another noble. Should a Lord be accused, the monarch of Lantar will judge them.

Religion

The most commonly worshipped of the Gods is Tempus, whose temples can be found in many of the larger towns and castles. Other notable groups are the worshippers of Selune, who can sometimes be found gathering at ancient elven circles during the full moon and the disciples of the dead, who follow Kelemvor.

Drugs

Opium is outlawed in Lantar, however it is widely used for recreation. There is a refined form, known as skooma, that is even more addictive, but the effects are said to induce a state of total euphoria and “oneness” with the universe. Skooma is worth up to 100 gold per gram and is usually found in the form of a silvery powder.
Skooma is produced by combining opium with a rare metal (often referred to as raw skooma). The liquid formed is then allowed to evaporate, to leave the pure substance behind. Raw skooma is a silver coloured metal, tinged with purple.
Trafficking skooma is often punished with the death sentence. Opium is usually treated slightly more leniently. Minor possession is usually punished with prison or conscription.

Cannabis is also outlawed, but this is usually only enforced in the cities. Most cannabis is grown indoors by wizards and other spellcasters who know the “light” cantrip.
Trafficking cannabis is usually punished with prison or conscription. Minor possession is rarely punished.

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