Celadon: The Land
The Kingdom of Celadon spans most of the continent of Kyrae. The kingdom was founded 600 years ago, thirty years after the fall of the Adenotii Empire, vestiges of which can still be seen. Brightwatch Keep, which stands on the edge of Dorthonian Sea, is one such remnant. Celadon is a patchwork kingdom, built up from conquering smaller kingdoms and fiefdoms down the long centuries. Many of these areas still maintain their unique cultural identity, paying little more than lip service to the Celadonian throne.
Celadon is not the sole power in this world, nor does it lack for foes. Blackspire is a constant thorn and the Great Empire of Süt has always coveted much of Celadon for itself, though the mighty empire lies far to the west. Thankfully, Süt is too far away and too embroiled in internal strife to pose a serious military threat, at least for now. To the far north, Celadon is constantly threatened by invasion from semi-nomadic reavers. Other forces are at work as well, some hidden and some in plain sight.
Some threats to the kingdom are dismissed as legends and children’s fancies. Those who dismiss them as such will find that all too often those very “fancies” are truly the stuff of nightmare.
Celadon: The City
Atop the Stone, a massive outcropping of solid granite, stands Harron’s Keep, the heart of Celadon. The city flows around it, spreading out from the central keep like ripples in a pond. The southern side of the Stone, covered with rich soil and green grass, slopes gently toward the warm waters of Karin’s Bay and the waters of the Inladis Sea, while the northern and eastern sides are sheer, great vertical walls thrusting up from the heart of the earth. The river Cel meets the sea just south of the hill’s base, and half the city itself lies on the other side of the great river.
Like any other city, Celadon is made of stone and wood, mortar and plaster. The city’s real substance, though, is cobbled together from the stories of its people, with a history so rich that the very stones have memory. The inhabitants of Celadon come from all corners of the continent, from faraway Yar to exotic Zina. Merchants from the desert empire of Süt hawk their wares in stalls side by side with wool merchants from Perata in the north.
Celadon is a massive place, an ancient stronghold filled with the ghosts of past and present. Legend says that from the time of the First Gods, a city has stood in this place, and one will stand here for eternity, until the breaking of the world. Other legends whisper that Celadon is merely one facet of an eternal city, one that exists on all the myriad planes of reality at the same time and in the same place, an anchor point for all realities. Those rumors whisper that if Celadon falls, so too do all worlds.