The Alfar Empire is the oldest civilization in Aegeroth’s history, being thousands of years old, and is also the largest, encompassing the entire Western half of the known world. In part its prosperity and culture are a result of its massive size and age, but its diverse people, spanning three large islands, bear the most responsibility for its greatness. Below are descriptions of the many satrapies that make up the Empire, and the people that inhabit these satrapies.
The Landælfen Satrapies or The Satrapies of Central Aslacka
Telonia is the most populated of all the satrapies in this region, and perhaps the most well known in Aslacka to those that reside outside of the Empire. It consists mostly of Aslacka’s temperate Eastern Plain, and also includes Nevla Forest, which stretches up to the mountain range of the same name. Although the lesser island of Adelina is now known as the Alfar Empire’s capital, Telonia once carried that honor, serving as the center of trade, tourism, and knowledge in the ancient world. Today it is no longer nearly as centralized as it was before, but the region still showcases a strongly imperialized culture, with citizens of all species proud of the Empire and content with their place in it.
In the Southwest of Aslacka lies Romba, a satrapy that encompasses the entire Western Plain of the great island, in addition to Rundar Forest. It is both drier than the other satrapies of Central Aslacka and experiences more extreme temperatures, but it is just as beautiful as the others once one adjusts to it. Although nowhere near as centralized as Telonia, at any point in either satrapy’s history, Romba can still be viewed as a core part of the Empire, being part of the union since its inception. However, Romba has struggled to adapt to the industrial age, and those left behind have begun to express discontentment.
Edrenia may be the most unique of the plains satrapies. Although the hilly Edren Plains are connected by land to the other plains, Edrenia’s people are known for their disconnected approach to the Empire. Although content to be part of the Empire, most of the population seem uninterested in current affairs, preferring to focus on their own needs and the needs of their neighbors. In some ways they seem more connected to the isolationist saeælfen of the Beach than Telonia or Romba. However, they themselves are not truly isolationist, and have a thriving tourism industry due to being the satrapy that borders the Beach and the rest of Aslacka.
Other Aslackan Satrapies
When I’ve travelled to regions outside of Aslacka, especially those completely separate from the Alfar Empire such as Bag, the name of Beach is usually met with scoffery or stifled giggling. These people just don’t know how descriptive of a name the Beach actually is. Stretching along the entire Northwest border of Aslacka, the Beach belongs to the only true saltwater sea in all of Aegeroth, and because of this it is the most pure white beach one can imagine. It’s native people, the Saeælfen, have a reputation as the isolationists of the Empire, preferring to focus on their own lives and having little interest in politics, but have reliably come to the aid of the Empire in times of crises. Although overall peaceful, land conflicts with the Red Desert to the East are not unheard of.
Partially aquatic, the Saeælfen’s cities and towns extend underwater, and they themselves are excellent fishermen and crafters, trading fish, tools, and crafts of the sea with Edrenia in exchange for niceties from the rest of the Empire.
The Red Desert
The Red Desert lies east of the Nevla Mountains, and is easily the most barren of all the satrapies. Despite Ithragran’s invasion of the desert’s scattered kingdoms being what led to the creation of the Empire in the first place, contempt for the Empire runs high in this region. Most of the Desælfen that live here are nomadic, and as such believe that the primarily agrarian empire does not properly represent their interests. Although there are settlements in the Red Desert with more imperialized populations, there are still complaints of an unfair division of satrapies, and a royal family ignorant of their culture.
Those that live in the Red Desert are hardy survivalists, even those who have settled in cities, and they rarely leave the desert. Although desælfen are not an unlikely sight outside of their home, they are an uncommon one, and unless born outside of the Red Desert, it can usually be assumed that they left out of great desperation or great desire.
Satrapies of the South
The island of Bokal, usually referred to as the Bokal Mountains, or locally as Dwymar, is the first large landmass south of Aslacka, and the homeland of the muntælfen. The muntælfen were the first non Aslackan’s to join the Empire, and unlike the wuduælfen further South, never willingly left, only briefly being separated from the Empire during the reigns of the First Lich and later the Elves. Bokal is considered by many, not least of which those who reside there, as the most beautiful countryside in Aegeroth, with its picturesque, snow capped mountains, colorful fields, and grand forests. The local government is feudal in nature, although some towns are ruled through imperial charter, mostly those dedicated to the collection of Bokal’s unique resources. These feudal lords are the main source of dissent against the Empire in Bokal, who do not appreciate the satraps’ check on their power.
In addition to appreciating natural beauty, the people of the Bokal Mountains also have an eye for beauty in their craftsmanship, producing many fine works of art and impressive architectural feats. There is a divide present among muntælfen over how to approach the preservation of nature, but it is largely a local issue that does not concern the Alfar Empire.
Tajlynd was the last satrapy to be incorporated into the Empire, and has also proven the most troublesome, much like its cold, harsh, and rocky environment. The wuduælfen are largely set in their ways, and although those living in and West of the Delvin canyon are generally more accepting of Imperial rule, there is usually universal resistance to attempts to increase imperial influence in the region. Only a small garrison of imperial soldiers are present, and the personal army of the local satraps’ is mostly responsible for peacekeeping.
Tajlynd is a feudal country, like Bokal, but unlike in Bokal, lords are democratically elected from a swath of noble candidates, something the wuduælfen are particularly proud of. Despite not possessing many resources useful to the empire and a generally rebellious nature, the Empire is dedicated to keeping Tajlynd connected to the rest of the Empire, as its hardy and persistent people are a great contribution to the Alfar Empire, and Aegeroth as a whole.