The Flying Lands
The nation of Vadesh occupies the western portion of Ordelia from the Fey Line in the east to The Great Desert in the west. It is a land of rolling hills, dry grasses, and great steppe plains, and is said to be the birthplace of the first horses on the continent. The natives of this dry land are the Vadeshi, a race of elves with nut-brown skin and slender figures. They were the first to tame wild horses, which they say their goddess made from the winds of the plains.
Vadesh is ruled by a tripartite government. The royalty of the nation are responsible for managing military and public safety concerns, the priesthood preserves the cultural history and education of the people, and the merchant’s guilds look after the economic security and treasury of the nation. A council composed of the current ruling monarch, the High Priest of Vadeshai, and an elected Master of Guilds governs the nation from their capital, Daleshi-ne-Vai.
Almost fifteen hundred years ago Vadesh was a growing power on the continent, expanding their trade routes and spreading their faith further eastward into the lands of the men and dwarves. This incursion onto their territory was perceived as a threat, and the baronies and dwarven kingdoms of the central plains set aside thousands of years of war and racial tension to drive out the elves. The Vadeshi, baffled by this response, worked to defend their people who had settled in the middle of the continent. This soon expanded into a full-scale war in which the elves quickly gained the upper hand due to superior tactics and fast horses. It was only with the advent of the flying warship that the union of men and dwarves, which came to be known as Praedam, managed to turn the tide in their favor and push the elves back into their own territory. After months at a stalemate, both sides agreed to establish their new borders at the current battlefront and built a series of outposts called The Fey Line to maintain the border.