Dalaan

History

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Cities

Gnomish Clans

Geographic Features

The geography of Dalaan, as the gnomes of Zilargo know today, is fairly self-contained. It was thick with forests even at the height of goblinoid occupation and only sparsely inhabited thanks to the gnomish clans.

The Dhaan Draalkuuc

The eastern forests of Dalaan were known as the Dhaan Draalkuuc, the Home of Fey Demons. This was the strongest concentration of gnomish settlements in the province and the woods were avoided by goblinoids at all costs. The area from the Ruulka River to the On Shegaan mountains was generally avoided by the goblinoids and the depths of the Dhaan Draakuuc was never fully mapped by the goblins, or at least no complete maps have ever been recovered.

The Haar'dhuugaan

The large forest in the western part of Dalaan, bordering Dekhuul'daal, is thick and difficult to pass through. Over the millennia of their empire, the goblins cut pathways through but they never truly tamed it. Gnomish raiders, woodland brigands, and other dangers lurked in the trees so caravans from Ja'sharaat to central Dalaan were always well-armed and protected. The "Great Forest" as it was called was also harvested, though, for natural resources and beasts to train for war. The rarer herbs and plants growing in Thelanis manifest zones were also gathered to sell in other parts of Dhakaan.

The Naaga River

The river which today flows north from Trolanport was narrower and swifter in the days of the Dhakaani. In fact, the increased ship traffic up the river from the port of Naagaakuul may have deepened the channel or there may have been efforts to expand the river by city merchants. Regardless, the Naaga was considered a safe and dependable route into the heart of Dalaan, even safer than the dangerous roads through the Haar'dhuugaan, and so it remained a vital lifeline for the province all through its occupation by goblinoids.

The Ruulka River

The eastern of Dalaan's two great rivers formed the border of the dangerous Dhaan Draalkuuc and thus was a frontier of sorts in the middle of the province. It's slow and broad channel encouraged trade to the city of Ruulkaakekuul near its head just as the river does today for Oskilor. The large bay at its mouth was never well-occupied, especially compared to the bay at the mouth of the Naaga to the west, mostly due to the danger of gnomish raiders from the forest but also sahuagin raiders from the ocean and the rare elvish attack from Aerenal.

The Shegaan Ghuukac Mountains

The mountains surrounding the province were called the Shegaan Ghuukac (the "Circling Mountains") by the Dhakaani. Today, these are split into the Howling Peaks and the Seawall Mountains but on goblinoid maps they are always drawn as a single mountain range, split in the middle by the Shekhuul Pass (the Har'Shekhuul). Even before Dalaan was settled by goblinoids, the pass was a strategic spot as a sheltering location for armies traveling along the Shegaan Ghuukac and against fey incursions from deeper in Dalaan. The pass divided the Shegaan Ghuukac into the northern (khruur) and eastern (on) branches.

The Taakhaan Drar Steppes

The dry highlands to the north of the forests were known as the Taakhaan Drar, the "Dark Steppes," because of the presence of the forbidding Shegaan Ghuukac in one direction and the thick Dhaan draalkuuc and Haar'dhuugaan forests in the other. The crops here were mostly grains according to excavations by the Library of Korranberg and the area served to keep Dalaan independent during times of strife. Indeed, holding the Taakhaan Drar was probably the single greatest asset that the Shuulaal Principality had during the tumultuous time of the Dagec-Khar emperors.

The Taarthuul Maguur

The "Shadow Harbor" was the largest natural bay in Dalaan but also the least populated. It was surrounded by the infamous Dhaan Draalkuuc and so there were very few settlements with which to trade. The exception to this was Veguun on the eastern shore, but this city was cut off from the majority of Dalaan by the same forest and was more a gateway to Targaask to the east than to the rest of Dalaan.

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