Atlazan Primer #1
Today we begin looking at a land that has undergone enormous change since its first posts on the old site. Years of thought and nearly 100 campaign sessions will do that!
The small, isolated continent of Atlazan is one that has gone mostly unaffected by the changes that swept over Idhomlya as a result of the Stygian Rift. Any historian you ask will let you know that they didn’t need any extra troubles. Atlazan was once a great empire of the Atali, a feathered saurid folk whose civilization could have rivaled the greatness of ancient Kheprishet or the Dragon Song Empire of today. That changed when the Kairellans came to their shores and made from Atlazan their greatest outpost on Atlazan.
In helping keep the beastmen of the wilds at bay, providing trade in new materials, and exchanging knowledge all went towards ingratiating the Kairellans with the Atali. Over the years, as the Kairellans exerted their influence over other people and and nations they also undermined the Atali. This was a direct, if subtle, manipulation which brought the Atali under Kairellan control, for Kairellan purpose. Eventually, alongside Kairellan civil war and great heroes, the Atali rose up and took their empire back.
In the centuries that followed the Atali split into two factions which opposed each other at nearly every turn. The cultures and people alongside them began to change growing into the scalekin and feathered folk that dominate Atlazan today. War followed these people for generations until demon worshipping beastman of the wilds at the center of the continent summoned their dark deities to the world. It took both nations, demigod heroes, and ancient dragons to banish these demon lords back to the Abyss and Atlazan has yet to properly recover. Since then the two nations have been in a bit of a cold war, not fighting, but refusing diplomacy. Despite the recent return of a lost population of the Atali.
People of Feather & Scale
Modern day Atlazan is made up of a diverse array of peoples who have descended from the ancient Atali. Following different paths after rebelling against the Kairellens there are two major groups: the scalekin and the feathered folk. The scalekin are, primarily, dragonborn whose long-time following of their Liege Wyrm Temtektaggre lead to take on naturally draconic heritage. Occasionally the dragonborn are hatched with small winglets and some of those develop full wings as they reach adulthood. They are considered blessed by the Liege Wyrms and stand apart in society. While dragonborn dominate the western half of Atlazan two other species make their home there. First are the small, clever kobolds who act in many specialized capacities. Second are the crocodilian magari who use elemental shamanism to forge incredible buildings and wondrous weapons.
To the east lie the feathered folk who are far more diverse than their distant cousins. Like the birds of the land, the feathered folk come in nearly every size, build, feather color, and beak shape. In the north live the ae’qor who are some of the toughest feathered folk on Atlazan, skilled hunters and keen shipwrights. In the forested hills that dominate feathered folk lands are the tellura who love scholarly pursuits, sometimes too much so. Wandering the throughout, around, and away from civilized lands are the kolibri, small individuals with a wealth of stories and superstition. Then, throughout eastern Atlazan are the ptak, the main body of feathered folk who are not unlike the humans of Bael-Ur. These are adaptable and varied individuals around which the ae’qor, tellura, and kolibri stick out.
Mention of the kala’kai must also be made. These seafaring folk are merchants and traders always looking for their next bit of coin and “neutral third party” to a fault. Trade between the scalekin and feathered folk is ingrained into the workings of Atlazan but without the kala’kai it would not be possible. These people have smooth black-and-white patterned hides similar to whales or manta rays. Broad of shoulder and joyful in demeanor, these individuals are well loved by everyone despite their mercenary tendencies. Finally are the atali who have recently returned to Atlazan after centuries in seclusion. Since then they have developed a community driven, mindful culture who practice psionic techniques from a young age. As both scalekin and feathered folk they are viewed with caution by the others of the continent. They are both the past and they are not. They hope to reunify Atlazan and worship a goddess who claims that there are things greater than demon lords that threaten their home, things which even recently have made themselves known.