The Kingdom of Lonwick
The setting of Dynasty of Storms is centered around the continental nation of Lonwick. Centered in an enormous valley that runs from the great Stromgard Mountain in the north to the burning sands of the southern desert, Lonwick is a relatively peaceful kingdom of elves and men.
Alberic Leonus has ruled Lonwick for four centuries from his fortified palace that bears the name of his country, Castle Lonwick. Mountain ranges protect most of the kingdom from the fury of the sea to the west and the heat of the deserts to the east, keeping the valley kingdom lush and green. Forests of giant trees cover the seaward side of the mountains, and provide ample lumber for the men and elves there, while the mountains themselves are rich in iron, gold, and gems.
Greatport sits at the gap between the northern and southern arms of the coastal ranges, and provides shipping and ship making from the enormous bay. From here, many ships sail north, south and west, connecting the furthest reaches of Lonwick to the capital.
In the forest of massive trees north of Greatport is the elven outpost of Silva Aestas, the westernmost arm of the kingdom. It is here that the king’s will is carried out along the coast, and a small army is maintained. No humans or dwarves are allowed to live here
Far to the north, near the border of Lonwick and the Northlands, sits Jetty, a port on a smaller bay set between the sea and the mountains of the coast. Lumber and fishing are the primary exports of this shallow bay, which has no facilities suitable for building the massive ships that come from Greatport, though the bay is deep enough to harbor them.
East of Jetty, nestled in the mountains, are the towns of Pine River, Rockhill, and Silverdeep. Pine River’s primary export is the aromatic cedar that is prized for its scent and resistance to pests, while Rockhill and Silverdeep are mining communities, populated primarily by men and dwarves.
Far to the southwest, a month’s journey across the sea, lies the island chain of Greenreef, created by volcanoes rising above the sea. Lush and green, these islands produce exotic fruits, wood, and pearls, as well as occasional gemstones that form around the volcanoes. Once a popular place for travel, it has become overrun by pirates from the mainland, with the only relatively safe place being the easternmost island of Greenreef.
In the Lonwick Valley, the vast majority of the citizens are elves. The elves of the mainland are slender, fair skinned, and somewhat shorter than their human counterparts. Black and blonde hair are the most common, with blonde hair being vastly more represented than black. Most elves have blue or green eyes, and seldom are they heavily muscled, instead becoming lean and athletic. Elves tend to favor longbows, pikes, and longswords as weaponry, and the soldiers of the Royal Army train extensively in each.
The humans of Lonwick are a diverse bunch. Averaging five and a half to six feet tall, their body types are as diverse as our here on earth, though the vast majority of humans are fair of skin and dark of hair. Brown and blue eyes are the most common, however in Greatport, men and women of all skin colors can be found. While some humans have made settlements in the Lonwick Valley, most of them live along the northern coast, on in the mountains north of the valley.
The dwarves of Lonwick are a repressed group, a step above slaves. They mostly inhabit the mountains between the Lonwick Valley and the sea. Short and stocky, the dwarves are naturally muscular and adapted well to a life of mining. Red and blonde hair are the norm, and almost every dwarf is born with blue eyes that are able to detect light spectrum beyond what elves and men can see. While technically citizens of Lonwick, they receive little in the way of protection or services from the crown, and so are forced to build, upkeep, and protect their own lands, while also being taxes heavily on their mining and metalwork. There have been several attempts to liberate themselves from their position, however