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Altumbel was a secluded nation of fishermen and merchant-pirates located on the peninsula that extended into the Sea of Fallen Stars.[2][10][11] By choice, its people became isolationists and had little relations with nearby Aglarond or other neighboring countries.[1]

GeographyEdit

The county neighbored Aglarond to the east and included the Thousand Swords among its territory.[2]

Geographical FeaturesEdit

Altumbel's harsh landscape was dotted with temperate, wind-swept valleys that were not suitable for farming. There were no forests in the region.[2]

The coastline was shrouded in fog, obscuring a rocky descent into the sea. The cold waters were rich with sea life.[2]

Off the coast, the rocky archipelago comprised similarly barren isles that were little more than floating rocks.[2]

GovernmentEdit

Altumbel was governed by a Ruling Council that met in the capital city of Spandeliyon. Each of the nation's settlements each sent one representative to attend council meetings.[7]

While many outsiders failed to make the distinction,[2] the Altumbellan people saw themselves as a prominent nation separate from their neighbor Aglarond.[12]

TradeEdit

Throughout their history the people of Altumbel were fishermen through and through.[2]

The names of their seafaring vessels were based on the goods they carried, like Spicesail or Timberhold.[13]

The Smokeflower House trading house originated in Altumbel.[14] They moved goods to and from the cities of Ravens Bluff, Tsurlagol, and Procampur.[15]

HistoryEdit

When Jhaamdath was destroyed in the Year of Furious Waves, −255 DR, some of its peoples migrated to the region that would later be known as Altumbel. By the Year of the Storm Crown, 250 DR, they had settled many of the islands that composed the Thousand Swords archipelago.[16]

In the Year of the Screeching Vole, 163 DR, the region of Altumbel was "officialy established" as part of the Untherite Empire. The settlers were only some meager pirates and those who sought to live far removed from others.[10][17] Some people from the nation of Impiltur also emigrated to Altumbel around this time.[18]

The country of Aglarond arose when the war between the local humans and the half-elves of the Yuirwood finally ended in the Year of the Watching Wood, 1065 DR. Those disgruntled humans who refused to life peacefully elves traveled west to the end of the peninsula, and founded the independent nation of Altumbel.[2][8][9]

Around the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, the Sons of Hoar began to garner a significant following in Altumbel.[19]

In the days immediately prior to the Spellplague, the Simbul's harsh punishment of pirates had put lie to the nickname of the City of Pirates.

Notable LocationsEdit

  • Spandeliyon, the capital of the region, was once known as the City of Pirates.[7]
  • Urbryur, a gnomish village whose main export was chalk[20]

InhabitantsEdit

The Altumbellan people were highly suspicious of outsiders. Approximately one third of their numbers lived scattered among the Thousand Swords.[2]

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 199. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  3. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  4. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  5. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  6. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Anthony Pryor (1995). Spellbound (Campaign Guide). (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786901395.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Anthony Pryor (1995). Spellbound (Campaign Guide). (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 978-0786901395.
  11. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  12. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  13. Steven E. Schend (1999). Sea of Fallen Stars. (TSR, Inc), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-1393-2.
  14. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 78. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  15. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  16. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 104. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  17. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  18. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  19. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  20. Ed Greenwood (March 2000). “The New Adventures of Volo: Hin Nobody Knows”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #269 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 87.
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