Lore Spotlight – The Serpent Coast

In the ages prior to the War of Darkness, the Serpent Coast was mainly populated by Elves, inhabiting its large and sprawling forest that reached from the ocean coast to the West to the great Ganakas mountain range in the East, and from the edge of the Mubashnir desert to the North all the way to the massive and unruly Orc lands of the South.

A great Dwarven civilization sprawled the belly of the mountain range, which they named after their most powerful clan of the time. The Ganakas dwarves mined its seemingly endless gems and precious metals and heartily fought the various horrors that never saw the light and ruled a kingdom of hundreds of thousands of people.

As some of you may know, at the conclusion of the War of Darkness, the great black dragon Zonganor, with its dying breath, called a curse upon the Good ancestries that had waged war against him. This would have disastrous effects on the Elves and the Dwarves of the entire world. For the Serpent Coast region, it meant a slowly declining elven civilization, and the complete eradication of the dwarves clans of the Ganakas mountain range, killed off by an incurable plague.

A century after the end of the catastrophic war, humans were finally able to settle new lands again and ended up on the shores of the Serpent Coast, among other places. Records speak of many proud and brave families, one of them being the Wayfarer family, who spear-headed the in-land expeditions, eventually reaching the famed Ganakas Mountain Range with whom the other dwarven clans had lost contact with. The Wayfarer family name can still be found within the region to this day.

The lands were dangerous but also promising and so more settlers braved the waters of the Great Crater Sea to find their destiny or test their mettle. Steadily, the new settlers colonized the land. Establishing secure ports, digging the hills for ore, cutting the forest for wood and seeding the earth.

What early explorators quickly realized is that the rivers than ran from the mountain range were filled with precious gems of all colors and sizes. And so as the word spread, even more families moved to the new land to find their fortune. Many small villages and towns were founded in the heart of dangerous lands where warriors of all callings were happily hired and given the chance to perfect their art of violence, protecting those who were seeking a safer, calmer lifestyle.

Hearing of an unpopulated great mountain range filled with riches, Dwarven prospectors eventually joined the expeditions, looking for – and finding – the ancient gates to the old Ganakas underkingdom and restoring the surface town of Moraldhur. Eventually it would be converted into a monastery dedicated to the exploration of the mountain range and the collecting of ancient dwarven artifacts. However, any attempts to re-conquer the ancient kingdom were quickly abandoned, the underlands being completely overrun with dangers.

The many prospectors who attempted to find the source of the gems under the mountains would more often than not meet a violent end at the hand, claw, tooth or tentacle of whatever horror inhabited that underdark. And so, the exploration of the ruins was left to the monks of Moraldhur.

As the adventurers, prospectors, knights, lords, farmers and other folk kept pouring in, the small port of arrival Patrmouth grew into a sprawling city, which rapidly grew into a new kingdom, defined its borders and named itself The Serpent Coast lands. Its people eventually came into peaceful contact with the remnants of the elf civilization to the North and clashed sword, axe and mace with the Orcish tribes to the South, and so its growth was finally stunted.

Turtlebrook, a small hamlet settled on the Gleamwaters river.

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