Solamnia

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Solamnia
Capital Palanthas
Largest City Palanthas
Founded 1791 PC
Languages Common, Solamnic
Government Unknown
Ruler Emperor of Solamnia
Trade Goods Wine, Mead

Solamnia is a human nation in northwestern Ansalon. Solamnia has just about every geographical feature: fertile plains, three mountain ranges (the Vingaard Mountains, Dargaard Mountains and the Garnet Mountains), the longest river, the Vingaard River, and the Northern Wastes. Not a perfectly flat land, has ridges, gullies, dry creek beds, small stands of trees, mostly a grassy steppe land. People from Solamnia are referred to as being Solamnic or Solamnian and they speak Solamnic or some of the Knights speak Old Solamnic. Slavery is outlawed in Solamnia, and if you are caught having slaves, the punishment is very severe. Solamnia's chief exports are grain and cattle.

The provinces that make up Solamnia are Coastlund in the west, Palanthas east of that, Hinterlund on the border with Nightlund, Plains of Solamnia also on the border with Nightlund, Elkholm and Heartlund south of Plains of Solamnia, and Southlund southwest of Heartlund. In Southlund, in the area are Caergoth, the area is known for very violent thunderstorms. From Coastlund in the west, to Hinterlund in the east, live a variety of people—mostly humans, but small bands of ogres and draconians are far too common. Originally located in the center of the Ansalonian continent, Solamnia is now very much a sea-going state because the Cataclysm dumped three oceans around its borders.

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Age of Dreams

Solamnia was rescued more than founded by Vinas Solamnus during the Rose Rebellion in the years 1799 PC - 1791 PC. When the provinces rebelled against the Empire of Ergoth for excessive taxation and other crimes against them, the Emperor dispatch Vinas to squash any resistance and to hang everyone involved, even some not involved. Vinas finally came to the end of his campaign when he laid siege to Vingaard Keep. After a few days of the siege, the commander of the rebels, a Antonias Leprus, invited Vinas in to listen to their crimes against Ergoth. After doing so, Antonias had his servant slit his throat. Vinas asked his generals who wanted to join with the rebellion, and most did. After a few more years of the Rose Rebellion, Solamnia had its freedom. The lands of Solamnia bordered Hylo, Empire of Ergoth, and Qualinesti in the west, Kharolis in the south, and Silvanesti and Taman Busuk in the east.

In the year 1775 PC, Vinas Solamnus created the Knights of Solamnia so that honorable warriors would come to guard not only Solamnia, but all of Ansalon. With the Knights help, Vinas created the city of Palanthas in 1773 PC and had the High Clerist's Tower built in 1772 PC in the only strategic pass leading to Palanthas.

From the time of the Knights of Solamnia had been established, they quickly grew into an unrivaled power on Ansalon. The prosperity of Solamnia has become only second on Ansalon to Istar in the east. This would all come to a quick end though.

In the year 1060 PC, the Third Dragon War came upon Solamnia. Takhisis decided to attack the powerful human nation first. The human lines of the Knights of Solamnia were quickly overrun until they had reached the gates of Vingaard Keep where a final battle was to take place between the Knights of Solamnia and Takhisis's evil forces. If not for a young Knight of the Crown named Huma Dragonbane, all would have been lost for Solamnia and quite likely the rest of Ansalon. He was able to acquire a dragonlance of myth and to stab Takhisis with it, making her promise to leave forever from Krynn. She agrees and Solamnia is free from her evil forces, but at the cost of Huma's life.

Age of Might

Thanks to the help of the dwarves of Thorbardin, Solamnia grants them mining rights in the Garnet Mountains. There the dwarves create the kingdom of Kayolin and the capital of Garnet in 980 PC. Also sometime during this timeframe, the kender of Hylo allied themselves with Solamnia. Official date is unknown.

Due to the nature of ogres, they began to give Solamnia some problems on their trade routes between Thoradin and Istar. The first instance was in 910 PC - 825 PC, so called the Ogre Wars, the Knights of Solamnia assist the dwarves of Thoradin in driving the ogres from their land. Then had some more problems with the ogres from 530 PC - 522 PC, the Knights of Solamnia along with their allies drove the ogres back into isolation.

When Istaran trade began to reach the its highest levels ever with Solamnia in 490 PC, raids began to come from the Estwilde. Istar convince Solamnia to attack and destroy the raiders, which Solamnia did, then to resign the Swordsheath Scroll in 476 PC. Then almost 100 years later in 280 PC, Solamnia approves of the new title of Kingpriest in Istar and the promotion of good that he will bring to Ansalon.

Cataclysm

In the weeks before the Cataclysm strikes Krynn, a knight by the name of Loren Soth is tried and convicted of killing his wife, Korinne Gladria, in order to have an elf maiden, Isolde Denissa, as his wife. He is freed by Knights loyal to him, and the Knights of Solamnia persuade him to the lands of Knightlund and banished to them forever. Just before the Cataclysm strike Solamnia, huge dust storms whip through the plainsland in warning of what is to come. When the Cataclysm finally strikes Ansalon, the lands of Solamnia suffered greatly.

The northern coast of Solamnia is where seas rose up and coming inland. New Sea sprung up in the middle of Ansalon, effectively cutting Solamnia's southern fiefs from the north and drowning the central regions under the new body of water. In present day Solamnia it is bordered by the Turbidus Ocean to the north and west, New Sea, Kayolin, and Lemish to the south, and Estwilde and Throtl to the east.

Age of Despair

In the years following the Cataclysm, the commoners of Solamnia blame the Knights of Solamnia for the Cataclysm. Some Knights go into hiding while others throw down their sword and armor to leave the Knighthood forever. These are the dark ages for Solamnia and the Knighthood. In the year 334 AC, peasants led by Ragnell revolted against the nation, leading to the destruction of some major castles and death to a few prominent Solamnic families.

In the year 351 AC, Dragonarmies invade eastern Solamnia, quickly overrunning the Knights of Solamnia there and pushing them all the way to the High Clerist's Tower by 352 AC. Solamnia is also betrayed and Dragonarmies are allowed to invade from the south, but thanks to Solamnia's allies of the Kayolin dwarves, the dwarves are able to hold the invaders until the Knights could regroup and hold the Dragonarmies in the south in a stalemate. During a Whitestone Council between Solamnia's allies, the allies begin bickering over who would control a just found dragon orb. A kender by the name of Tasslehoff Burrfoot saw this, and destroyed the orb so they would stop fighting over it. A smith named Theros Ironfeld brings fourth the newly forged dragonlance that will allow the Knights of Solamnia to ride forth and destroy the dragons of evil.

Following the victory over the Dragonarmies at the High Clerist's Tower, Lauralanthalasa Kanan is named the leader of all the forces of the Whitestone Council by Lord Gunthar Uth Wistan, who has become the the nominal Grandmaster over the Knights of Solamnia. In the summer, Laurana embarks on a campaign to rid Solamnia of the Dragonarmies, her lightning attacks and fast moving army is able to drive them out of mostly out of Solamnia and reclaim all the lost lands. Another year passes and Solamnia is completely free of all Dragonarmies forces, but the Knights continue to go after the Dragonarmies wherever they find them.

There wasn’t any major battle in Solamnia until Kitiara Uth Matar brought her forces into Solamnia and attacked Palanthas. Loren Soth, the Death Knight, kills many people and the flying citadel causes great destruction, but in the end the Knights and defenders of Palanthas are able to throw back the invaders once Lord Soth disappears with the body of Kitiara. In the wake of what is being called The Blue Lady's War, it is found out that Raistlin Majere was trying to draw out the Dark Queen so he may defeat her and become a god. In the end, he holds her back in the Abyss so that she won't enter the mortal plain, and Solamnia is free again.

When the Chaos War broke out in 383 AC, this was the first time the Knights of Solamnia faced the Knights of Takhisis. The Knights of Takhisis in one summer were able to take over all over Solamnia, including the High Clerist's Tower and Palanthas. This is the first time in the history of Solamnia that evil has beat them. Before the dust from the battles had even begun to settle, Chaos returned to Krynn with his legions. He sent shadow-wights into northern Solamnia, killing many civilians and soldiers in their wake. At the High Clerist's Tower, the Knights of Takhisis are slaughtered, including their leader Ariakan. A huge canyon is cut into the Solamnic Plains by Chaos as he is running rampant across Ansalon. Finally though, he is defeated by the combined forces of Knights of Solamnia and Knights of Takhisis in the Abyss.

In an alternate reality where the Kingpriest was able to become a god, Solamnia becomes a dominion of the World Empire of Istar.

Age of Mortals

In the time following the Chaos War, much of Solamnia is changed. The northern part of Solamnia called the Northern Wastes is taken over by Khellendros and his realm exstends down to Palanthas as of 384 AC (1 SC). Solamnia though, just recovering from the Chaos War, has been unable to claim all their lands back. The parts of Solamnia that are free at this time are Heartlund, Southlund, and parts of Elkholm. The others are still in the hands of the Knights of Takhisis. Captains of the Dark Knights rule the major cities and the lands surrounding them.

The War of Souls broke out in 421 AC (38 SC) for Solamnia, when a girl named Mina attacked the stronghold of Solanthus. The defenders there fell easily to her undead legions and effectively, Solamnia was again taken over by evil. At the end of the war, the Knights of Solamnia were able to join with other races and dragons and defeat Mina's forces at Sanction.

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