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The Council Lands are a civilization located on the continent of Alharth. Verta, an Elven country, shares a border with the Council Lands.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 4.1 Population
- 4.2 Humans
- 4.3 Elves
- 4.4 Rakshasa
- 4.5 Fae
- 4.6 Dwarves
- 4.7 Goblins
- 4.8 Orcs
- 4.9 Trolls
- 4.10 Demons
- 4.11 Myconians
- 4.12 Himamanav & Himamanav Deities
- 4.13 Mantis?
- 4.14 Ranalon
- 4.15 Indigenous Species
- 5 Religion
- 6 Myths
- 7 Government
- 8 Economy
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Science and Arcane Arts
- 11 Culture
- The Council Lands were created in Alharth after a group of thirteen wizards known as The Council of Thirteen" conquered the region over a thousand years ago. After displacing most of the native populations into neighboring countries through various wars, the Council Lands experienced centuries of peace. At some point during this time, five members of "The Council of Thirteen" were banished from Alharth and the Council Lands. "the Council of Thirteen" renamed itself "The Council of Eight."
- Throughout One hundred and three years, "The Council of Eight" thrived and occasionally replaced members. After Torsager the Regent retired, the Council chose to end recruitment of replacement members. "The Council of Eight" became "The Council of Five."
- In recent times, "The Council of Five" renamed themselves "The Council." Four members of the Council remain, although conflicting material suggests at least one former Council member is still alive. While the surviving wizards live in seclusion in the city of Statehelm, the Council Lands have thrived under the control of local leaders.
- Councilwoman Irasce is a known member of The Council.
- At one point in the past, The Council was located at a place called Ema. 
- The town of Serbule was established in the far east of the Council Lands. The town was created as a refugee town for Elves after the Elven city of Dwyndarre was destroyed. While most of the population is Elven, some Humans remain to act on wishes of the Council. Retired Praetor Nelson Ballard watches over the residents from the fortress at the western end of the town. He works alongside Sir Coth, the town Sheriff.
- Serbule itself is a typical Council town, mostly wooden buildings surrounded by a stone wall. The town is surrounded by a shallow moat which connects with a nearby lake. Six guard towers stand watch over the town, and a Council fortress takes up the Southern end of the town. Serbule has two gates, the main gate to the east, and a secondary gate to the north, by the town's stables.
- The northern half of the town of Serbule is populated by merchants and craftsman, while the southern end is holds the town's famous windmill. Housing construction is expected to start in this part of town in the upcoming months.
- The region around Serbule is lightly forested, with heavier forests to the north and south of the region. A few lakes are situated in the area around the town itself. The western edge of the region turns mountainous, as does the southern half. Council built cobblestone paths wind throughout the landscape of the region. Leaving through Serbule's north gate, travelers can reach Eltibule, or charter a ship to the island of Sun Vale.
- Explorers traveling west of Serbule can find themselves at the old Serbule Crypt, which is rumored to be haunted. Another point of interest in the west are two large stone hands jutting up from the rocky hills. These are the remains of a large statue that once stood in the area, now buried.
- - The Chortling Beaver Inn is a popular meeting place in town, the proprietor Fainor is an excellent chef.
Wasn't too long ago that Serbule was just a little inn and a port, nothin' else. The elves that live in Sedgewick Forest would travel to the docks every month to get supplies from Verta. The goblin blockade put an end to that, though. Now there's not many customers at all.
- While the island Sun Vale resides on is still part of the Council Lands, you wouldn't know it looking at the area. A few roads and crumbling buildings are all that is left of the Council's presence. A few trolls have taken up residence in these ruins. Sun Vale itself is a fertile valley on an otherwise uninhabitable rocky island. The island is located between the Council Lands and the neighboring Elven nation of Verta. Ships from Serbule dock at the beaches to the southern end of the island.
- - A large tree grows in Sun Vale, which provides a good landmark.
- - Not much is known of the Rakshasa Lands. The areas is said to be a rocky and arid desert.
- - The Rakshasa city of Rahu is expected to be located in this area.
The Sand War
When the Council demanded that the Rakshasa provide remuneration for every human that was injured at the Battle of Rahu, outraged Rakshasa tour up the treaty and killed the messengers, leading to the Sand War. The Rakshasa won the war with claws like this, fashioned after weapons from their home world.
— Sand War Claw
- - Fallowglade is a town populated by Humans, Elves, and Rakshasa.
- - Statehelm is a city serving as the seat of the Council.
- - Halvue is a mid-sized town in the Council Lands.
- - Sinoca is a poverty plagued town located near Halvue.
- - Dwyndarre is a former Elven city, now destroyed.
- - Rahu is the first constructed Rakshasa city.
- - Bannerholme seems to be an Elven city.
- - Povus is a Rakshasa city. Kleave traveled from there.
- Humans are extremely social beings and feel loneliness more than other races.
- Jim Hatcher is a well-known human philosopher. He once wrote a poetry book called "Why Are There Bees." 
A deep, difficult chapbook by the late human poet Avery Lancaster. Her imagery is hauntingly beautiful, yet profoundly stupid at the same time. That's the mark of a true master.
— "Horse, Carry my Topaz" (Poetry Book)
- Elves are obsessively clean.
- Elves view most laws and rules created by the Council as barbaric.
- Elves have a longer lifespan than Humans.
- The Elven homeland of Verta is somewhere North of the Serbule region.
- Elves do not believe in cages for livestock. 
- Elven marriages last 100 years. After that period is over, Elves are free to re-marry for another hundred if they choose. 
- The massive tree city of Dwyndarre was burned to the ground, and the surviving residents took up shelter in Council funded housing such as the town of Serbule Keep.
- Due to the long-lives of Elves, one punishment is solitary confinement in a device known as a "Misery Box." Landri the Cold was confined to a box for fifty years after the murder of the Necromancer Lomas.
- Traticus was a mythical Elven hero, who once journeyed into a place known as the Woods of Disdain.
The elven shock-poet Zini's famous work about how humankind might go extinct due to their prudishness, but will be saved by kind and promiscuous elves. It has a lot of depraved imagery, but also plenty of clever rhymes. A good gift for poetry lovers and those who appreciate a good porno. But not a good gift for especially uptight (or racist) Humans.
— "The Fall of Man" by Zini (poetry book)
War of Froliac, used by elves who were very, very angry. It is etched with an image of the Elven begonia, a symbol of trust broken and secrets defiled. Unfortunately, most races aside from elves don't understand the symbolism and seem to think it's kind of sissy.
— Elven Dagger
Rakshasa come from another planet, Ravana, which has a dark sun that beats down with ultraviolet rays but little visible light, leaving the world dark and barren, and pivoting between extremes: blisteringly hot in the day and freezing cold at night.
On their home world, Rakshasa are shapeshifters, able to take on dozens of forms at will. They use different forms for different situations and times of day. This ability, combined with their incredible willpower, allowed them to survive on Ravana when most other life died.
Their cities on Ravana are vast structures that tower out of the desert, usually encircling a rare natural source of water.
Rakshasa on their homeworld are more advanced than any race here on Alharth. They have mastered planar travel and many now live on other worlds. They are ruthless, merciless, and can adapt to any environment. However, they are not particularly greedy, and so they don't spread to worlds that they don't need. Thus in terms of planar politics, they are considered a mid-ranged demonic threat (see Demons).
The Rakshasa who live here on Alharth arrived via a portal. Half a million colonizers arrived, and intended to create a permanent gate between the two worlds, but they were attacked almost as soon as they arrived. Their intricate devices were destroyed and their great thinkers slain.
The remaining Rakshasa lived out their lives trying in vain to return home. They created the city of Rahu, named after a horrific monster from their home world, and they had children and lived life, if not thrived.All native-born Rakshasa seem stuck in a single form -- that of a bipedal cat creature. They do not know why they cannot change shape, but since the climate is much less volatile on Alharth, the cat form tends to serve them well. Players who choose to play a Rakshasa are third-generation natives of Alharth. They cannot change form.
— Developer Blog October 18, 2014
- When the Rakshasa arrived in Alharth, they did not wear shields. A popular style of shields were created to mimic the older Ravana armor. 
- - The Rakshasa are "old friends" of the demons serving Berelius. These demons do not want to alert the Rakshasa of their presence in the Council Lands.
- - First Generation Rakshasa might not have had a conscience when they arrived in this realm. 
- - Rakshasa partake in "Kar-Get," a cultural system of revenge for the death of family members. It seems to involve killing off a loved-one of the initial killer. 
- - Rakshasa may undertake a spiritual journey, where they travel the world while perfecting their craft. They call this "Su-Falek." 
- - The Rakshasa land of Povus serves as a buffer between the Council's jurisdiction, and the Crone Hedgemony.
- Some Rakshasa perform a spiritual journey called a Su-Falek. Those who undergo the journey often wander to distant lands to improve their trade skills.
- Some Rakshasa own slaves, and society accepts that. 
'Mother?' Hah. My biology does not work like that. True Rakshasa can manifest either sex. We are not so limited as you.
— Tell Me About Your Mother-General Pask
- Fae/Fairies are immortal beings from another realm of existence. Fae society is separated into four factions, the Spring Court, Summer Court, Winter Court, and Autumn Court. Every 20,000 years, a different Court takes control of the Fae Realm.
- When Fae are killed, they respawn in the Fae Realm.
- Fairies can be burned by cold iron. 
- Books can be enchanted to write themselves in the Fae Realm 
- Carrying around Fairy Wings is considered Taboo by most Fae, although some members of the Spring Court treat this ideology as a joke. 
- According to a Winter Court Spy Portal, There are 4,195,103 Summer and Autumn Fae on the run, across a total of 207 monitored worlds.
- Fairy foods contain emotional tones. For example, Apple Juice tastes like resignation and patience. 
Made of Cold Iron, this weapon is used in fae civil wars. Fairies who wield it are in constant pain from the metal... but not as much pain as their victims.
— Hacking Fae Claw
- The Summer Court ruled the Fae Realm during the last era. Currently, Summer and Autumn Fae are being hunted and tortured by the Winter Queen.
- The Winter Court has controlled the Fae Realm for two years now. Their control will last for another 19,998 years. Their leader, the Winter Queen has declared that all Summer and Autumn fae are to be captured and tortured for the rest of her rule.
- The Winter Queen is keeping the Spring King captured in her castle.
- It is said that the Winter Queen always does something insane when she begins her rule every 80,000 years. 
- The Winter Queen believes that thousands of years of torture will turn all Fae into Winter Fae.
- The Spring Court is often looked down upon by the Summer Court and most Fae belonging to it are thought to be insane or evil.
- The Spring King is known to have a masochistic streak, and is currently captured by the Winter Queen. 
There's no such thing as evil, dipshit, it's just name calling by the other courts. Spring Fae are all about sex and danger and doing whatever the hell we want! The Summer and Autumn Courts lump us with those fuckers in the Winter Court because we aren't insanely predictable like they are.
- Kot Bhenul is a well known Dwarven artist.
A signed and numbered copy of the famous painting by Go Hakomi, a dwarven master. He recently passed away, increasing this painting's value significantly.
— Reproduction of "Fortress Five"
A well-known painting by the dwarven artist Kot Bhenul. Signed and numbered! This is a great find.
It's the little-known masterpiece by dwarven artist Kot Bhenul. Note the beautiful use of real gold in the paint.
— "Last Autumn Sunset"
- Dwarves leave Preservation Runes in tombs of the dead. These runes are not magical, and are just a traditional practice.
During the Elf-Dwarf wars, Dwarven mages created leather-evaporation magic, rendering elves usual armor obsolete. These ceremonial plate leggings were hurried into battle. Although they're impressively protective, they're still pretty uncomfortable.
— Elven Plate Leggings
A musty tome of poetry from the dwarven master Gammo. It has both the original Dwarven rhyming couplets and a Human translation. Perfect for the poetry lover in your life.
— Gammo's "Legions of Stone" (Poetry Book)
A heavy volume of poems by the dwarven master Gammo. It even includes the poem "My Penis is the Sunstone," which has been censored by the Dwarven Culture Group for over 500 years! This is a great find for poetry lovers, though dwarves may find it too embarrassing to own. Less prudish individuals tend to find Gammo's works uplifting and enervating.
— "Collected Works of Gammo" (Poetry Book)
- One thousand years ago, the Dwarven Stalwarts were powerful fighters that wore ornate but sturdy armor. 
- Goblins are organized in clans set up like a business. Goblins sign contracts to work for a clan for a five year period.
- Many Goblin clans operate as slavers. Fae are often captured and sold.
- Grigtekark is the name of one of the goblin holy lands.
- Goblins have the ability to smell lies. They can tell when they are being lied to. 
- Goblins view Humans as one of the "Monstrous Races."
A lovely beach scene depicting a gaggle of goblins crowded around a massive talking fish wearing a little hat. You recognize the subject matter: it's the tale of The Bossy Fishlord. Painted by Agzak, a reasonably well-known goblin artist.
— "Yap And The Big Catch"
- The name of the Orcish homeland is Gu.
- Upon attainment of adulthood, each orc is gifted with a Xiphos crafted of cold iron. 
- Arena Fights are a popular sport in Orc society. Orcish Gladiators wear thick chainmail gloves. 
- All orcs, both male and female, must pass the Challenge of Blades at age 15. Failures die, and are not mourned. 
- Orcs have ships, some of which are used to trade goods and materials. Orc traders often provide Lac to foreign merchants. The Lac often comes from the Urak, which Orcs sometimes use as war-beasts. 
Written by an anonymous orc, this terse poem tells the story of the battle of Fok, where over a million orcs died. The author manages to deliver a glimpse into the horrors of war. It's sad that the author was drawn and quartered for producing this work, and their works burned, but obviously some copies survived.
— "Battle of Fok" (Poetry Book)
When humans domesticated the wolf, they made dogs. When orcs domesticated the wolf, they made Worgs. Orcs win this one. Feral Worgs are known to kill entire caravans.
— Crown Quest: Hunting: Worgs
- Some Orcish spellcasters are known as Mutterers, and use ornate knives to enhance their spells.
- The Ham Omelet is an Orcish dish. 
- Demons are sentient creatures from another realm. They seem fascinated with the current events occurring in the Council operated territories, and the Crone lands.
- Destriel, also known as the Demon Lord, is a face known well by all Prodigies and sentient species. (His face is the head in the Project Gorgon logo).
- Tok of the Eighth Pod, Master of Skulking is a Demon who resided in the town of Fallowglade. Tok serves the Demon Berelius, Queen of All Things, Benevolent Goddess of Light and Dark.
- The Myconian race has lived in the Council Lands for many years in secret. Myconians are mainly cave dwellers and keep to themselves in their local enclaves. Myconians absorb energy from glowing blue mushrooms called amanita gloria. Their bodies turn this energy into Myconian Jelly, which they excrete from their bodies. The excess Myconian Jelly is stored in large cylindrical mushrooms alongside Sporelings, the future generations of Myconians. In recent times, the Myconians of Serbule have mastered the art of taming Garden-Tenders. Myconians measure time in Moon cycles and seasons.
- A being named General Lavorel traveled to the home of the pod of Myconians living in the Myconian Cave in Serbule 31 of their moon cycles ago, during his search for the being called Dalvos. This being taught the Myconians to use their hallucination spores to communicate with humans. Lavorel stayed with the Myconians and taught them about human society for five moon cycles before leaving.
- The Myconian Cave Myconians accepted his teachings and began to worship General Lavorel as if he were a god. Before leaving, Lavorel enhanced the abilities of two Myconians, Tremor and Tidal. The Myconian Cave is currently in a conflict between Tidal's forces and the Myconians who support the peaceful methods practiced by Mu, Voo, Way, and Jaw.
- The Myconians are trying to adapt to the human concepts of trade and ownership. Some are experiencing difficulty with the concepts.
The Himamanav, often refereed to as Yeti, are a species of Giant that live in cold climates. Their society is made up of warriors, but also High Priests that defend and lead worship of the Himamanav Deities.
The Himamanav Deities are long-lived sentient energy constructs. Their origin is unknown, but they are worshiped by the Himamanav. Some of the deities have displayed abilities such as summoning magical items, and teleportation of other beings.
The Manis species has only recently gained sentience. They have taken it upon themselves to learn the culture of the Council Lands. It seems that some Mantises have developed Psychic abilities, including the ability to wipe the minds of elves.
The Ranalon are a species from a distant land.
The Crone Council
- The Crones are a race native to Alharth. When the Council took power and established the Council Lands, the Crones were expunged. In recent times, the Crones have returned to their homeland in hopes of reclaiming it. The "Crone Council" is the name given to the returning group.
- - Crones are viewed as ugly and repulsive by most Elves and Humans.
- - Crones dislike the consumption of raw meat.
- - The demon Tok of the Eighth Pod suggested in a letter that the Crones could make good allies.
- - Crones seem to be treated as royalty when they visit the Council Lands.
- - Hags are not Crones, but also are part of the greater Crone Hegemony.
- Residents of the Council Lands worship 37 deities. Each deity is associated with various natural phenomena. While some deities are thought to have created their associated phenomena, others perform more minor tasks. It is believed that the deities are sentient and can manifest themselves in physical forms.
- - Tok of the Eighth Pod suggests that the deities are simply nature spirits.
- - The Gods, vol XIV Confirms this theory, when Councilwoman Irasce notes that Dale Renthian is a "Class 3 nature spirit."
- - The Gods, vol VIII contains information on Gulagra.
- There are six nature spirits responsible for creating the undead. Gulagra is not one of them.
- See Guide To Nature Spirit Classification for information on Nature Spirit Classification.
|Norala||Goddess of Hunts||Spreads Lycanthropy.||Class 3|
|Melkar||God of Recreational Hunting||???||Class 3|
|Ilth Hale||???||???||Class 3|
|Vol||God of Death||???||Class 1/ Class 0|
|Kirad||???||???||Class 1/ Class 0|
|Irhetsu||God of the Winds||Controls the Winds.||Class 2|
|Talerra||God of Depression and Knowing the Truth||Trades information on souls for a year's worth of feeling hope|
|Dale Renthian||God of Inspiration||Wanders around drinking and granting ideas.||Class 3|
|Tast||God of War||???||Class 1|
|Gulagra||God of War(Chaos)||The embodiment of anarchy and chaos.||Class 2|
|Elshana||Elven goddess of creative beauty||Deceased|
|Akhisa||God of spiders and patience||???||Class 2|
|Dreva||God of Balance in Nature||Patron Spirit of Druids & appears as a lake full of talking fish.||Class 1/ Class 0|
|Ri-Shin||God of Plants and Trees||Created the Druids long ago with his brother Au-Shin.|
|Au-Shin||God of Animals and Insects||Created the Druids long ago with his brother Ri-Shin.|
|Arisetsu||Goddess of Hope||???||Class 1|
|Ormorek||God of Self doubt and bitterness||Patron of players who quit in disgust. Appears as a beardless dwarf.||???|
A depiction of Talerra, the spectral God of Depression and Knowing the Truth. Her ghostly arm beckons as if she has some bad news to deliver. This painting seems supernaturally resilient, and it has probably been blessed by one of Talerra's few monk-priests. However, it's way too creepy to display in a home.
— Reproduction of "Talerra At The New Moon"
- - The expression "Irhetsu bless my nose!" is sometimes used when a terrible smell is encountered. 
- - Dale Renthian is a Class 3 Nature spirit discussed at length in The Gods, vol XIV.
- - At some point in the past, there was a war between gods. 
- - Arisetu is an Elven god.
- Twenty Godlings in the ground,
- Twenty more in air surround,
- One was killed in demon fire,
- Two were banished to the mire.
- Gorgons is a mythological creature mentioned in folktales and old books.
- One such book found in the town of Serbule, The Wasted Wishes, tells the story of a girl's encounter with a Gorgon. The Gorgon in the story grants three wishes to the girl, Leeka, before vanishing after filling the room with smoke. The Gorgon in The Wasted Wishes is sentient, and seems to enjoy playing with how wishes are fulfilled.
- The Legend of the Autumn Felling tells of a day when over half the population of Elves in Alharth dropped dead. It is unknown whether or not this tragic tale actually occurred.
Garden Mystics are ancient elves who have mastered the art of growing unnatural vegetables. It is rumored they can grow Fey Potatoes.
The Green Man
This grim fist weapon was clearly inspired by the Human legend of the Green Man, a druid who supposedly wanders the forests and punches wayward teens to death if they're out past curfew.
— Fist of the Green Man
- The Council Lands are ruled by the Council, a group of five wizards. The Council members have not been seen in years, but reside in the city of Statehelm.
- Council representatives can issue Council Decrees after approval from Statehelm. As a result, the threat of a Council Decree carries weight among the populace of the Council Lands.
- Examples of Council Decrees:
- - Selenia Lovefoot was declared a Foe of Alharth and banished from the Council Lands. Her family was allowed to remain in the country, but their home and possessions were put up for auction in Serbule.
- - Five members of "The Council of Thirteen" were banished from Alharth. The decree declared it illegal to speak the names of the banished out-loud.
Known Policies and Laws
Elves should pay 30% of all their earnings if they own a shop in town, but they all scam the Council. I bet I don't get more than 10%. No, it's fine. I guess at the end of the day, I don't really care.
— Hang Out with Hulon
- - Statehelm has recently installed a sex-changing machine designed to deal with homosexuality, which seems to be looked down upon by the Council. 
- - Some Council Representatives charge non-humans taxes, such as in the city of Halvue. The Elves in Serbule are also charged heavy taxes. 
- - The Council has decreed that Elves are unable to feel emotions.
- The Council once declared it mandatory for all children to read "Who Loves Mort" at age 4. Mort is an undead skeleton who kills everyone he ever loved in life. The misery caused by this declaration caused them to undo their decision. 
- Council-Stamps (or just "Councils") are the basic currency issued by The Council. Walls are worth a tenth of a Council, and Screeds are worth 20 Councils. - "The Chortling Beaver's First Screed"
- All known vendors accept Councils.
- Ancient Coins were once known as Obols. They were used as currency before the Council arrived in Alharth.
- Elves who operate shops in Council territory are taxed 30% of their earnings.
- The Council employees the Council Corps of Engineers to repair roads, construct settlements, and perform other similar duties. They were responsible for the quick construction of Serbule Keep.
- The Second Column is a military branch under command of The Council.
It has an inscription: "Ensorcelled by Official Council Battlemages. Not for use by Rakshasa upon penalty of triple-death."
— Council Trooper Sword
Science and Arcane Arts
- Science and Magic run amuck in the Council Lands. Sometimes, the two are combined. One such example is the modern Stargazer device. The lenses used have been enchanted to allow viewing of the starts even during the day.
- -Most residents of The Council Lands are unaware of other planes of existence and simply refer to anyone from one as a "Demon."
- The master of Trend Magic, Rea Shuloth, once enchanted a series of amulets with a spell that compelled everyone to love the necklaces. The spell wasn't enough to overcome the public's perspective, and the design is now seen as gauche. 
- -Citizens of The Council Lands often mistake Alharth as being the name for the entire world.
- - Alharth is the second largest of the nine continents.
- - Only Humans and Dwarves use their last names in public.
- Note section of The Gods, vol XIV
- Painting of Ema
- Lore item on the wall of the inn.
- "Why Are There Bees" by Jim Hatcher, a Poetry Appreciation book.
- Eric posting on the forums
- Blanche gossip.
- Painting of Traticus
- Ravana Soldier Shield item
- Talking with Yasinda
- Talking with Yasinda
- Small Talk with Lamashu
- Talking with Lamashu
- Talking with Urzab.
- Mentioned by Tadion in Small Talk
- Mentioned by Preta
- Talk from Corey The Croaker
- Completing quest with Hiral.
- Talk from Fazzi
- Small talk with Corey The Croaker
- Small Talk with Fazzi
- Talk with Hiral
- Small Talk from Fazzi
- Intro talk with Corey The Croaker
- Small talk with Corey The Croaker
- Stalwart Helmet item
- Talk from Malvol
- Painting of Grigtekark
- Talk with Yogzi
- Friends with Glajur.
- Xiphos item
- Item: Orcish Gladiator Gloves.
- Loading Screen
- A quest given by Amutasa
- Hang out with Furlak
- Description on Chirurgeon's Gulara Orb.
- Completing a quest for Malgath
- From The Gods, vol XIV.
- Small Talk with Nelson Ballard
- Hang Out with Hulon.
- Poetry Book, "Who Loves Mort?"
- Show an Ancient Coin to the Pulsing Crystal
- Hang out with Hulon.
- Sir Arif is a member
- Hexagonal Trendsetter Necklace item