Teltebhann [tɛltɛʋæn] is an island nation in the southeast of the continent of Sybjyr. It shares its name, translated in Trade Common as “the River-Lands,” with the island upon which it is located. As its name might suggest, the island is woven with rivers and freshwater lakes.

Formal name Ríocht na Teltebhann (Kingdom of Teltebhann)
Other names Telte abhann; the River-lands
Founding year 764 FC , 0 KA
Capital Glasdún
Method of government Feudalist monarchy
Current ruler Queen Shaelan Duneghan
Language(s) Cladacaint
Demonym Cladaíge
Religion(s) Cladaíge polytheism


Next to nothing is known about the island of Teltebhann before the arrival of the Cladaíge people, a time known as the Clouded Age. Archaeological evidence demonstrates conclusively that there were sentient inhabitants on the island, likely human, at some point, though they seem to have disappeared at least a century before the Cladaíge landed on the island.

The most widely accepted theory, in light of historical knowledge passed along from older foreign powers, is that Teltebhann once fell under the legendary Arcosian Empire, and thus that their presence on the island ended with the fall of their civilization in the wake of the First Comet. It wasn't until around a century later that the island would be ihabitted once again, with the coming of the Cladaíge.

Arrival of the Cladaíge

Historians have calculated that the Cladaíge first appeared in Teltebhann between 80 and 130 FC by the standard international calendar. This appearance occurred following the crash landing of a small fleet of ships, carrying those of all ages and genders, on the eastern shore of the island. The fleet was run ashore during a freak thunderstorm, which obscured the already foggy night and steered the ships toward near doom. One of the four ships was lost in the wreck, with all of the nearly 50 the passengers disappearing, most certainly killed in the sinking. Of the three surviving ships, only around 100 survivors remained, the rest having fallen overboard or perishing from blunt trauma in the impact or hypothermia in the cold, wet night.

After that, surviving records are sparse. What is known is that the survivors travelled inland, likely to escape continued storms battering the beaches, and settled on a small portion of land on the shores of a large lake, which would go on to be known as the King's Lake, or the Loch an Rí in Cladacaint, constructing a fortification atop a hill. This settlement would grow into the city of Glasdún or “Green Keep,” named for the emerald green banners that often adorned the fortress.

This initial period of settlement is designated as the Landing Age (L.A.), and lasted around 150 years. Over the course of this age, the population grew substantially, and groups began venturing out from the Green Keep to explore and settle other parts of the island. In the process, they came into contact with pirates, who began making offenses against these expedition parties.

Finally, in the final year of the Landing Age, the pirates made a full offensive on the Cladaíge, leading to a battle that migrated closer and closer to the Green Keep, before finally coming to an end on an island in the King's Lake. The battle was won decisively by the Cladaíge, led by the warrior Claíomh, with the aid of the spirit of the lake. However, Claíomh himself was killed in the battle. His sword, having dealt the killing blow against the leader of the pirates, became lodged in stone at the center of the small island, and the site became a shrine to the lake spirit.

The Battle of the Green Keep and the death of Claíomh marked the end of the Landing Age, bringing in an age of expansion and settlement of the whole island..

Growth and Expansion

Having defeated the pirates for the time being, the Cladaíge began rapidly populating the island, establishing many settlements and forming small, local governments. These governing bodies began at the level of individual settlements, before growing to encompass multiple towns and villages and eventually becoming modern day “counties,” led by single members of noble families given the title of “Count.” The county would remain the most significant level of government for hundreds of years.

Also arising during this period was the order of the druids, individuals dedicated to preserving nature, upholding the art of magic, and acting as the direct worshippers of the gods and the spirits of the land. The druids rapidly became an important portion of society, and their significance earned this portion of history the name of the “Druidic Age” (D.A.).

During this time, ships were built and manned in an attempt to leave the island and explore more of the world. These ships almost never returned, and those that did had barely made it out of sight of the island before storms drove them back landward. These attempts quickly came to an end, and shipbuilding was dedicated entirely to smaller ships used for traversing the many rivers of the island, and occasionally skimming the coast.

The period came to an end without the realization of most people: a very few people, accidentally infected with the curse of the Sea due to exposure to salt, became drawn to the ocean and disappeared mysteriously. Over many years, the number of people built up quietly to the point that an entire army of corrupted Cladaíge were at the full disposal of the Sea God. The final act of the Age was the corruption of a young miner named Peadar from the small village of Marmairadh. His heart, mind, and body were all deemed suitable for the Sea God's purposes, and Peadar was appointed the general of his army. At the same time, Peadar's own insane mother spoke a prophecy, witnessed only by one other person, announcing Peadar's corruption and hinting at the war to come. This would bring about the end of the Druidic Age.

The kingdom of Teltebhann is located entirely on the island of the same name. The island is located in the southeast of the Sybjyr and makes up much of the eastern coast of the South Sea. It's closest neighbors are Baungrvuor to the north, Bryborough to the north west, and Coghan to the south west.

Most notable of Teltebhann's geography are its titular rivers, which weave through the entire island and flow out in all directions. There are between six and eight major rivers in the kingdom, depending on how one classifies an individual river, as well as countless streams and brooks. Because of these rivers, the land on the island is quite fertile, leading to flourishing plant life and agriculture.

The island itself lacks diversity in its climate and ecology–it is almost entirely forested, covered in deciduous trees and shrubs. There are portions of the land in which foliage is more sparse, and it is here that agriculture is most common.

The kingdom's capital, Glasdún, is located on the shores of the Loch an Rí, the King's Lake in Trade Common, in the central region of the island. The lake sheds through a river flowing east into the Grey Sea.

Teltebhann is generally rather temperate. The freshwater rivers that irrigate the island are fed mostly by small springs in the hills, and by rainwater carried inland by the sea. As a result, the fertility of the island makes a great environment for flora and artificial agriculture alike.

Like much of the world, Teltebhann experiences distinct seasons throughout the year–a blooming season, a warm season, an autumn season, and a cold season. The cold and warm seasons each tend to last around four months on average, with the blooming and autumn seasons lasting about two months each in between. The cold seasons are almost always cold enough to permit snow across the island. Snow first falls sometime between 4 and 6 weeks after the start of the cold season, and often doesn't melt until several weeks before the beginning of the blooming season. The rapid melting sometimes causes minor flooding across the realm, though this rarely affects settlements negatively.

When the climate isn't cold, small rainstorms coming from the sea are common. It is rare to see heavy winds or lightning very far inland during these storms, and such events are historically notable to the people of the island.

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