Tome of Dorgoth

Silimanis

Silimanis is the name of a region that was originally a province of the Kingdom of Laeryll. In 189 BLC, the region was left open to human farmers and loggers by then-king Bothandal the Crafter. In the centuries that followed, Silimanis became a human country built on elven ruins. The only contact the humans had with elves were through accidental meeting in the forests north of Silimanis (known now as Northern Silimanis to the elves).

In 724 LC, the Labarean Empire invaded Silimanis as part of its effort to obtain more human slaves. Fighting between the gnomes and the humans lasted for two years, but in 726 LC, Silimanis was firmly under the control of the Labareans.

Notable towns in Silimanis include the Nossed harbor and the town of Hilltower.

Elven heritage

In elven times, Silimanis played an important religious role, as it was where worshiping of the water god took place and where the Kingdom of Laeryll had access to saltwater fish. The old mysterious temples to Zodan were taken over by humans after the departure of elves, although they sometimes still attract an adventurous worshiper from the Kingdom of Laeryll.

A country of humans

After a period of intense strife between elves and humans, Bothandal the Crafter decreed that humans were free to settle in the area between the coast and the Forest of Guharr in 189 BLC. Elves living in the area were encouraged to let the humans be, although they retained right of way within the territory.

Many elves did leave Silimanis. As mostly wood elves had lived in the region, their destination was Qosid, but those who believed Silimanis would again be part of the Kingdom of Laeryll went for a new life in the Forest of Guharr instead, preparing for their inevitable return.

The elves who stayed either found ways to blend in with the human economy (e.g. the cheese-making commune of Letthil) or were part of religious groups that were tied to specific locations. The most notable example of this is Aeclyra, where a large community of clergy dedicated to Zodan lived until 726 LC.

The humans, meanwhile, took the opportunity to cultivate the fertile ground of Silimanis and found new settlements. Hilltower became one of the larger towns built by the humans and the de facto capital of a country that was best descriped as a patchwork of farmsteads and fishing villages. In time, the humans only knew about the conflict with the elves through folk tales and they learnt to stay out of the Forest of Guharr, where elves with fresh memories of the conflict still lived.

Silimanis had been important to trade between The Porcupine and the Labarean peninsula before the region became a human country, but as the Kingdom of Labar arrived at the world stage in 0 LC, Silimanis' role as a trading hub and food supplier increased. The harbor of Nossed grew rapidly in those days, the humans built infrastructure connecting harbors to the westlands and a collective militia was set up to safeguard mercantile activity.

The Great Reclaim

In 10 LC, the Laeryllian Queen Morsyana occupied Prydisyrr and sent Laeryllian troops into Silimanis, to reconquer the territory on behalf of the elves. The sheer force of aerial forces combined with offensive magic was too much for the humans, who were quickly overcome. Morsyana forces burned down Hilltower and occupied all sites of elven heritage. The harbor of Nossed was blocked and humans were rounded up to fight or work for Morsyana.

The Great Reclaim kicked off the War of the Sisters, which ended in 39 LC. By that time, Silimanis had become militarized by forces from the Kingdom of Labar, which wanted to secure Nossed and the trade routes west, while elves loyal to Queen Galythiel guarded the region, often in the conviction that Silimanis would remain rejoined to the Kingdom of Laeryll.

Yet Galythiel decided against this outcome and restored the order that existed before the Great Reclaim. She also took special effort to repopulate Silimanis with humans and vowed to protect them against any evil that would threaten the human country.

The Labarean Invasion

In 724, the Labarean Empire invaded Silimanis in what would be the last imperial campaign in which gnome warriors played a large role. Afterwards, human and orc slaves would do most of the fighting, with gnomes only in commanding positions, or manning artillery.

The Labarean goal was to not only capture new human slaves, but also to turn Silimanis into an occupied cradle for new slaves. The Labareans had anticipated resistance, but had underestimated the effect that 900 years of shared history could have on humans. Through ambushes, assasinations and acts of sabotage, the humans managed to frustrate the gnomes and impede their progress. Only when the Labareans sent vicious orc slaves to fight their war for them, did the human resistance die down.

The elves in Silimanis stood by the humans with whom they shared land and whom their former Queen Galythiel had pledged to protect. They joined efforts directed against the Labareans and Aeclyra even functioned as a seaside hospital for resistance members. This put the Kingdom of Laeryll, destabilized by the recent Secession of Qosid and still in want of a strong army after the War of the Sisters, in a difficult position. Olyxx the Young ordered all elves in Silimanis to return to the Kingdom of Laeryll to avoid conflict with the gnomes. The elves in Silimanis complied, but found it shameful that Galythiel's promise to the humans was broken.

The Labarean Occupation

Under Labarean rule, Silimanis underwent a number of changes. The Nossed harbor was enlarged to provide for military docks and large barracks were constructed in the coastal town. The town was also expanded with a large slave pen and breeding facility. Slaves were regularly shipped to the Labarean peninsula and The Mouth.

Hilltower became an administrative center for the region and the surrounding farmlands were turned into agricultural experimental zones. The roads from east to west were enlarged.

All produce from Silimanis above a mandated sustenance level became property of the Imperial Trading Company. Moreover, the Magic Ban became actively enforced.