Alroth is the continent where Other Life takes place.
Going to Alroth
There are multiple ways to go to Alroth:
- The first way is to take a boat. There are two boats located in Riven Sea, White Stone at [430,10] and [450,66]. The first boat will take you to Lothend and the second to Roth's Haven.
- The second way is to get a ring for a map in Alroth and use it to get there.
- The third way is through the Seridia Portal Room. There is an exit to Morog in this room.
Some books, spreaded throughout the Alroth's geography, tell the history of the Realms and maps.
Dwarven Kingdom History
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Dwarven Kingdom History.
The Dwarven Kingdom is one of the longest standing factions on Alroth, next to the Orcs. Originally, the dwarves lived in what they called the Gara - their homeland. This area still stands today and is known as the Dwarven Lands. The official Dwarven Kingdom began in the southwest. Though there is also history of dwarves in Valunde, it is widely believed that Golron I started his Kingdom in Lothend. Lothend was the land south of the largest mountain range in the Dwarven Lands called Thunder Mountain. Golron expanded his Kingdom into the Northern Reach (the land North of Thunder Mountain) and into the Southern Expanse (to the south east of Thunder Mountain).
When the Dwarves became rich enough, the orcs of Blackstone Mountain attacked the Dwarven Kingdom, and the First Orc War began. The fighting was bloody and relentless. Golron fought and slew many Orcs, but he could not withstand the constant onslaught. He knew the orcs would overtake them Eventually. It was at this time Golron I had his first revelation. Meeka, the god of defense, guided him into the mountains and showed him how his mines could be used to create fortifications enabling the dwarves to survive the attacks and Eventually the Orcs of Blackstone Mountain dwindled.
Sadly, the Orcs in Valunde had all but destroyed the Dwarves that lived there. Refugees fled to the West (the area now called Drakensbane). That is when the Orcs of the east discovered Golron I's Kingdom. Thus the Second Orc War began. Again the fighting was bloody, but Eventually the dwarves won Blackstone Mountain. After many years of siege, the orcs gave up the fight against Golron's Kingdom. Golron I continued the fight until the orcs were driven back to Valunde. Once the dwarves firmly held the border between Blackstone (Drakensbane) and Valunde, Golron I declared this war over.
Many years went by while Golron rebuilt his Kingdom. They fought against the orcs for many generations, Eventually taking back Valunde. As the Dwarven Kingdom began to creep steadily along the mountains, it soon overtook a large portion of Alroth. Never straying too far from the mountains, the Dwarven Kingdom now stretched into the Farnorth and some ways into the East. Eventually, all of the mountainous regions belonged to the dwarves.
Even though the Dwarven Kingdom had grown very strong and wealthy, the orcs continued to be a problem. Orcs openly opposed them and would fight over the smallest parcels of land, forcing the dwarves to stay close to the mountains. The Humans discovered the Dwarven Kingdom when the dwarves had driven the orcs from most of Alroth. They had also been beset upon by the orcs. Golron III pledged allegiance to the Nation of Men to garner their help in driving the orcs back. The Dwarven Kingdom now stretched East and West, and almost all Lands were under the influence of the dwarves.
The Dwarven Kingdom flourished for many years. Then the Nation of Men went to war with the Dwarven Kingdom because they wanted more land to grow but the dwarves were restricting them. The Men proved their might and Eventually took over the East, though they could not take the Mountains from the dwarves.
Then the Orchan Alliance came down from the Farnorth. Orchans are large, tusked humanoids in League with the orcs. They were unknown to the dwarves until they declared war. They took the land in the West away from the Dwarves and continued to fight in the North.
The Dwarven Kingdom, the Nation of Men, and the Orchan Alliance all fought and struggled to retain their freedom, but for the most part, control of the Land remained with the dwarves. Although the Dwarven Kingdom continued to keep its hold on the mountains, they did lose a vast majority of its open land in the North and West. Shortly after, the Draegoni Dominion came to Alroth. They were a ferocious force to contend with. They fought and killed everyone in the Orchan territories in the West. Galrin I was High King at this time. He wisely decided that it would be best for the dwarves to retreat back into the mountains. They sold outlying pieces of land to the humans and gave up land to the Draegoni Dominion. The Dwarven Kingdom shrunk all the way back down to Valunde, an event known as the Diminishing. Most of the population moved to Thunder Mountain. The Dwarves had cut off trade with the humans by this time. Although they had vast stores of goods, it was not well rationed. Consequently the famine that followed decimated the population. Few dwarves lived outside the mountains, but those that did were constantly under threat of Draegoni invasion.
After Skyfall, the dwarves came back out of the mountains. They reclaimed and repurchased old Lands around Thunder Mountain and Valunde. Lands have exchanged hands many times throughout the years following Skyfall. The Dwarven Lands as we know them today have been this way for many years. It is hard to tell if the wars we currently experience will go down in history as major events, or if they will mix into the obscurity of another feudal age.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Aldath History.
Aldath was a part of the area known as Lothend for many years until the High King of Thunder Mountain Galrin I declared it as his territory. In the past it was either known as the Swamp of Lothend, or the Aldath Swamp after the first Lord who ruled there.
Aldath is thought to be the official birthplace of Golron I. It is unknown which territory he was actually born in since all the land in the south was known as Lothend.
There is supposedly a strong connection to the gods in Aldath. Even though the stone circle there has unknown origins it is a prized possession of the Dwarven Kingdom. This was made known recently, when goblins raided and took over the swamps. The High King of Thunder Mountain, Galorin III declared the fight against the goblins a holy war. The Lord of Alkh-Endune and the Lord of Lothend came together from both sides to crush the goblins in Aldath. It caused goblin blood to stain the swamps red earning the name War of the Red Swamps.
Because the previous Lord of Aldath had been slain with no heir, a new house was put in place. The new Lord, Dwilin Darkforge, immediately had a castle built to defend the land. Peace has reigned since then.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Alkh-Endune History.
Alkh-Endune has been called the heart of the Northern Reach. That name is more commonly used by Dwarves, since its mines are a prominent part of the culture. Alkh-Endune's early history, when it was known only as The Reach, is a story of conquest and eradication. There were Goblins who once lived in the reach, as well as Orcs. But they have almost all been destroyed in an event called the Reclamation, when Golron ll ordered the land to be retaken.
The members of house Dulgoth led the dwarves in a two pronged attack; one from northern Thalendale into The Reach, and one from the Mines and tunnels between the two. They successfully killed and drove out all the orcs and goblins. The dwarves lived quietly in The Reach from then on, some building homes in the mines, never seeing the light of day. As a consequence, some Dwarven clans have a lack of skin color. The High King of Thunder Mountain split The Reach into three territories; Alkh-Endune, Thalendale and Zerimor. Thalendale was already a thriving town between the mountains, but now its new territory stretched all the way North. Some dwarves refuse to acknowledge that Thalendale was ever a part of The Reach, even though its official borders are in it.
The invasions came with the Draegoni Dominion. The Dwarves in Alkh-Endune, and other parts of the Kingdom were forced to shut themselves into the mountains, living off whatever stores they had until the dominion's fall.
During this time, many tunnels were built between the fortifications of Alkh-Endune and Thalendale and were used to silently traffic goods from one settlement to another. Thunder Mountain became a hub for underground trade.
After the dominion's fall, Alkh-Endune continued to prosper; its rich mines driving the Dwarven economy for many years. The Dulgoth clan still rules Alkh-Endune, and now feels a particular ownership over the land and mountains.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Braigor History.
Braigor is the eastern part of old Lothend. This area was one of the first to see the expansion of Golron I's Kingdom. In the time before the First Orc War it was a highly populated place. The mines of East Lothend were very heavily travelled, as rich deposits of ore were being mined beneath the surface in the East. This called for more expansion. The dwarves' increasing wealth and intrusion attracted the attention of the Orcs of the Southern Expanse, causing the First Orc War.
The dwarves were not safe in East Lothend. Defenses were not built up well enough to stop the orcs. There were many casualties. The dwarves had to retreat, giving the orcs full control of the land. Golron I ordered the mines to be converted into fortresses. They tunneled through Thunder Mountain creating the Great South gate. The dwarves united, withstood the orcs and eventually beat them back into the Expanse.
Stin Darkale, a prominent leader in East Lothend, led armies that helped to reclaim the land. Once East Lothend was back in the Dwarves' hands, they pushed into the Southern Expanse and fought the orcs in their homeland. The orcs were low on troops by this time. The dwarves easily pushed them further and further back until the orcs were forced to retreat to the Blackstone Mountains. This led to the end of the First Orc War. Darkale was named a noble house, and Stin became one of the first Dwarven Lords. Stin was given ownership of East Lothend and the Southern Expanse. He ruled it well and became very wealthy.
After the Draegoni came, the land was split into sections. East Lothend became known as Braigor, and the Southern Expanse became Morog and Rhoelind. The Expanse was given to other lords, but Braigor remained under the rulership of the Darkale clan.
After the Skyfall, Braigor was reclaimed quite easily. Thanks to the Darkale clan there has been a prolonged peace since the days of the Draegoni.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Drakensbane History.
Long ago the area near Drakensbane was called Blackstone because of the dark rock native to the region. It was always a contested territory. This is where the orcs first had a settlement. They thrived here; attacking dwarves, gnomes, and humans near and far. After many years of surviving the harsh onslaught of the orcs, the dwarves finally mounted a massive offensive against them under the leadership of Golron I. He had pledged to keep his people safe, and with the defeat of the main force of orcs in Blackstone, he saw his mission completed. This was known as the Second Orc War.
After Golron I passed, his son Galorin continued the war against the orcs. Over time, Galorin pushed the orcs further and further back until Blackstone was finally conquered. It took many years before the dwarves could eventually reclaim Valunde.
With the defeat of the orcs, Blackstone was quite peaceful again, for a time. Then the Draegoni came. The dwarves were forced back into the mountains, and orcs began to rule over the far mountains. Eventually the orcs retook all the lands along the mountains and made it all the way back to Blackstone. This was the land that the orc's god had promised to give back to them if they fought hard enough. However, the dwarves needed the land for its resources. In a time known as the Under Siege, the orcs tried to take back Blackstone Mountain and the mines of the area. Because the dwarves were well defended, they managed to keep the orcs at bay for years. Eventually, the Draegoni dominion was overcome.
After the Draegoni Dominion's fall, the dwarves returned to upper Blackstone. This is where they discovered the Dragon's lair. Ergidraz the Red was a terrible dragon that had left the land in ruins but also inadvertently helped by killing many orcs as he hoarded their booty.
For many years Ergidraz pillaged and burned the land terrorizing and killing the Dwarves that risked living outside the mountain. Eventually they grew tired of the limitations imposed on them by the dragon and decided to band together to take him out. They had built many catapults and ballistas in their fight against the orcs. They used these from the top of Castle Blackstone, and managed to overcome the dragon. Many brave warriors sallied forth to fight the dragon once he was down, though he was a deadly threat still. Many died in the fighting, but eventually Ergidraz was slain. They renamed the castle Drakensbane Castle and the surrounding area has been known as Drakensbane since then.
Drakensbane has never fully dealt with their orc infestation. To this day, the orcs roam freely in the underground below Drakensbane. Sometimes they are seen above ground, spying on the dwarves. Many believe the orcs are a problem that must be dealt with, some however, believe that in time they will be able to rid the lands of all orcish threats.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Glingor History.
Glingor was wild and unoccupied for a very long time. But when Golron's Kingdom discovered Glingor, there was already a small population of humans. The dwarves of Valunde are said to have traded with these humans whenever possible, but for the most part their connection was cut off by orcs.
The humans say that the orcs were very oppressive in the past. The human population never got any bigger than a few villages. They were often forced to a nomadic lifestyle because of the orc's pillaging and burnings.
The humans finally managed to wrest control of Glingor from the orcs around the time of the Second Orc War. The orcs had been weakened and divided as a result of their warring ways. King Halden began to build his Western Kingdom as soon as the fighting stopped.
Many generations passed, but the Western Kingdom prevailed. The crown of the Western Kingdom was passed down nineteen times when King Hafeld arose to power. King Hafeld fought to unite the Kingdoms of Men, which was vital to their survival during the Draegoni Dominion. Many troops were lent to King Hafeld, who helped keep the orcs from passing through to the East.
After the Skyfall, the dwarves purchased an area of land from Lord Brenn and called it Glingor. King Jaen was outraged at the agreement, which had gone through without his approval. He declared war on the Dwarven Kingdom to take back Glingor. Kelfin Farquen of Valunde stepped up to lead a prominent force of dwarves to defend Glingor. Kirin Nightmane and Stivin of Lothend also helped in the fight.
The war was a huge success for the dwarves. They were simply better supplied and had more troops to spare. King Jaen did not have the support of the Human Nations, and could not afford to fight for very long.
The dwarves built a solid stone wall to defend Glingor from any further human attacks. Clan Farquen was named a noble house, and Kelfin's son Kefwin became the Lord of Glingor. Since the Glingor War, there have been many squabbles over the land of Glingor. Humans have attacked off and on, and recently they successfully took control of the wall in the East.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Lothend History.
Golron I was born in Lothend. In those days it was a very wild area. The dwarves were nomadic, and often traveled between the Northern Reach and Lothend. They called this land the Gara. Originally the Gara stood for all of the Dwarven homeland, but over time it became a reference to Lothend only. Lothend was very vulnerable to attack. If the Orcs made it through the Southern Expanse or through the Dale in the North, the dwarves would be in trouble. As a result Golron I built Lothgard and Blackstone (now called Castle Drakensbane). The dwarves lived in relative peace in Lothend, retreating back into the dale only whenever absolutely necessary.
The First Orc War was a huge defeat for the Orcs. The Orcs in the Southern Expanse attacked Golron's people in Lothend. Golron defeated the Orc leadership, and the orcs fled back to the underground and to the Southern Expanse. From then on, Golron I was able to expand his kingdom.
The port was established in Lothend to quickly traverse the Southern Expanse and on into the East. The port was originally much smaller, but over time it was expanded to accommodate many large ships per day. Building the port was not a simple undertaking. Orc raids were still common, forcing the dwarves to abandon the port, only to come back and finding it completely destroyed. Each time it was rebuilt it was reinforced making it more resilient to attack, eventually succeeding in driving the orcs back.
When Galrin III ordered the Dwarves back into the Gara, he split Lothend up into three territories; Aldath, Lothend, and Braigor - each one promised to a Lord. Some of the lords had been used to governing larger swaths of land which caused some discontent with their new smaller parcels. One lord in particular really took offense to his reduced allotment and started a rebellion against the King. The Nightmane clan took over rulership of Lothend after the execution of this Lord. This form of governance has continued through the many Kings that ruled the Dwarven Lands since the fall of the Draegoni Dominion.
Lothend became a successful trade hub largely because of Koron Nightmane, who had successfully led raids on the Draegoni Dominion right before Skyfall. After the Draegoni defeat, Koron offered trade to the Elves through this port. Soon after, Koron and his son Kirin Nightmane helped set up trade with the gnomish colony, Mystic Haven. Kirin Nightmane continued to run Lothend after his father passed away.
Galrik, High King of Thunder Mountain continues trade with other factions through Lothend. To this day it remains the main center for trade in the Dwarven Kingdom.
Raven's Isle History
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Raven's Isle History.
Ravens Isle has long been neutral ground for the humans and dwarves. A select few trade ships do stop by from time to time; however, it is mostly left alone as it is not on the main trade route. In the past it was used as a Dwarven refuge when the mainland was in peril. During the Draegoni Dominion, Ravens Isle picked up quite a few Dwarven settlers. The Reclaiming lured many of these dwarves back from the Isle to the homeland.
In recent years, Ravens Isle has been torn between the human and Dwarven countries. Their squabbles for land and resources has led to a few hostile takeovers. Recently the Dwarves retook the island, provoking an all out war with the humans. Though it seemed completely justified to the dwarves, the humans have retaliated with a build up of armed forces along their borders.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Southern Expanse History.
Rhoelind and Morog are part of the Southern Expanse. The Expanse was controlled by the orcs for a very long time. After the First Orc War, Golron's people began to pioneer eastward into the Expanse. They found that this area was very rich in minerals and ores.
Typically Dwarves mine in the mountains, but the Expanse was vast and had many deposits beneath its surface. Large tunnel networks were developed and maintained by the dwarves. During the Second Orc War, these tunnels proved very useful for the transportation of goods and troops, and their defenses became unbreachable in some areas. However, as the Second Orc War came to a close, some of the tunnels were taken over by orcs. Golron I allowed this to happen in order to force the bulk of the remaining orcs underground and to prevent the sacrifice of more dwarven lives. Although the orcs still come out on occasion, the dwarves keep a watchful eye to ensure they remain in their new home.
The tunnels allowed for Thunder Mountain to become a central hub for storing goods from the Southern Expanse. When the Draegoni came, most of the dwarves took refuge underground. The Expanse was split into two territories; Morog and Rhoelind. Both of these territories had been very populated before the Draegoni Dominion.
With the fall of the Draegoni Dominion came the Skyfall. Meteors struck the land all over Alroth. Most of the impacts were concentrated around the center of the Draegoni Dominion in the North, but Rhoelind also suffered major damage. A large meteor had landed almost directly in its center. The resulting earthquake caused most of the Dwarven tunnel networks to collapse.
Settlements, mines and thousands of dwarves were lost - buried. The collapse of the main tunnels can be seen on the surface of Morog, Rhoelind and even Braigor. It was such a tragic catastrophe that the dwarves have refused to uncover some of the old tunnels. They consider it taboo to disturb the dead that were entombed.
There has been some recovery. Braigor was well maintained, surviving the meteor strike to a large degree; and since Kilron Hammerfist was appointed as the Lord of Morog, it has started to become a worthwhile place to live. Rhoelind on the other hand, has become mostly unlivable. The grass around the meteor has never grown back, making the land almost dead. The material inside the meteor has proven to be deadly to most forms of life.
Orcs and goblins have moved into what is left of the old tunnels. Though the people have tried to reclaim some of the old mines, Rhoelind will never be what it once was. Recently, the appointed regent, Lady Ahldra has gone missing. No one knows where she could have gone. There haven't even been any sightings since she disappeared.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Thalendale History.
Thalendale was one of the first well defended towns created by the dwarves. It was nestled between the mountains and rarely did it see any fighting. There were many mines and the community thrived. This is also where the dwarves first met the Gnomes, who were living in the Thalendale Underground.
During the First Orc War, it was the people of Thalendale that banded together to build the great Lothgard Castle. The city took refugees from Lothend and became somewhat of a Capital for the Dwarven Kingdom. After the war was over, the city retained its popularity.
When the Draegoni came, most of Thalendale's population went into the mountains to hide, but a brave few stayed behind. These hardy folks made a living scavenging on what was left in Thalendale and fending off waves of orc raids planned by the Draegoni. The courageous souls were given elite status by the High King of Thunder Mountain. They were named the Defenders of Thalendale, and are looked upon as patriotic heroes.
After the Skyfall, Thalendale was repopulated and thrived once more. The trade from Lothend and the new prominence of Thunder Mountain make it a very key location for the dwarves. Although many gnomes left to join Mystic Haven, Thalendale remains the home of the largest population of gnomes on Alroth.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Valunde History.
Valunde has always been known as Valunde. It is a valley of life although it has had its ups and downs in terms of warfare. Since before time was recorded, the ancestors of the Orcs and the Dwarves have fought to keep their home in Valunde. The water running through it is the reason for the constant struggle to stay there. In times of drought it is sometimes reduced to a river. But for the most part it is a large Lake which is fed by the region's waterfalls.
Dwarves from Valunde are very proud of their ancestry. There are tales of heroic deeds and wars from before Golron I's time. From a cultural standpoint these events are very important and have shaped the way the dwarves live their lives in this region. Historically, these tales are often overlooked.
When Golron's Kingdom defeated the Orcs in the First Orc War, it provided a place of refuge for the Dwarves of Valunde. United, they became a strong nation. After the Second Orc War, they were ready to take back Valunde.
The Dwarves called the war to conquer Valunde the End War. The Dwarven Kingdom calls it The Conquest of Valunde. The End War lasted for several hundred years. Many generations passed, and the Dwarves of Valunde began to be disillusioned with ever being able to conquer the orcs. Nevertheless, Golron's people persisted in their fight for Valunde, and eventually the Orcs were overcome.
Golron I allowed the orcs to retreat and live underground in Blackstone and Valunde. This angered the dwarves of Valunde because it meant that they were never truly safe in their homeland.
The years passed fairly uneventfully in Valunde. A few attempts were made to completely eradicate the orcs in order to control the mountains, but without the King's support, they were never successful. The valley was fairly peaceful however, until the Draegoni came.
The High King of Thunder Mountain, Galrin I, commanded the dwarves to hold Valunde as they evacuated the Northern mountains. Many Dwarves died defending the Valley from the onslaught of orcs and Draegoni. The Dwarves of Valunde still say that it never would have been so bad if the High King had allowed the eradication of the orcs of Northern Valunde.
When Galrin I split the territories, he appointed Maljak of Valunde to rule as their Lord. Maljak was well known as the oldest Dwarf in Valunde, but many felt that he was not fit to rule. Nevertheless, Maljak led the dwarves in Valunde before and after the Skyfall. His lax policies regarding the safety of his people has resulted in Valunde being a very hostile place. The dwarves therefore made little effort to regain control. Now it is largely controlled by orcs. However, the dwarves of Valunde do prefer their underground homes to the more dangerous Valley.
Some books found in Dwarven Lands tell the Zerimor History.
Zerimor is part of the land once known as the Northern Reach. In the time before the Great Conquest, Zerimor had very little inhabitants. When the dwarves started to mingle with humans, they learned a great deal more about agricultural endeavors. They then began to use Zerimor for its rich and fertile soil as it should be. Though the humans saw the harvest as a spiritual experience controlled by the gods, Dwarves had always seen it as a science. It was about this time that this land East of Thalendale was to be known as Zerimor.
Zerimor grew many plants for the Dwarven Kingdom. They stocked a variety of grains and vegetables which were vital to Dwarven survival during the Diminishing. In the course of the Draegoni Dominion, many crops were burned and abandoned, but when the dwarves re-emerged, the land was yet again eager to receive them. Crops grew just as well - some say better - after the Draegoni attacks.
Since the Skyfall, Zerimor has been a very peaceful place. The Bronzeskin clan have always been social and open with humans and elves. Zaran Bronzeskin helped the elves get on their feet after the fall of the Draegoni Dominion and taught them the ways of harvesting. This has resulted in long lasting trade routes with them.