Ruins of the Old Empire
A little more than half way from Palani to Sarakri is Rognisanjan, a large island some 150 miles long. An extension of the Vannlak Mountains (the island being separated from their main body by some fifty miles), the island is somewhat volcanic, though only one peak continues to smoke. Despite being quite mountainous, the rare areas of flat land have rich soil. In all, there are about 300,000 Rognisanjans.
The island was originally settled during the early days of the Ilmand Empire, but was a backwater for many centuries. It’s risen to prominence since Ilmand’s fall, as its strategic position became more important in a world full of competing nations. The spark that began the final rise, however, was the way Rognisanjan was used as a refuge from the Sable King in Sarakri. If a noble family escaped with their lives, they often came here. After a chaotic period of interfamily strife, five clans came to prominence, and they dominate the country as the Sun Lords—princely rulers answering to no king.
The principality has recently come out from under the influence of Beltar. Just last year, Lord Jivanli finally acted on his belief that the baleful influence of the god threatened the rule of the Sun Lords and―more importantly―the other lords were willing to stand aside. The main temple of Beltar was destroyed, and her priests all throughout the land were massacred. At least a few have escaped, however, and the country is still in uproar.