The wilds of Alanti
The History of Alanti
The portal to Alanti was opened 18 years ago, shortly after a team of explorer/prospectors from Horkarenberg located mithral in the Kellesen mountains. The colony of Grandoresberg was initially founded at the site of the portal, and quickly grew in population. In order to supply the town with the resources needed to build (largely wood, brick, and grain), several smaller settlements were established out in the wilds. While the settlers did encounter some aggressive natives of the region, open conflict was rare, and a sizable force of Horkarenberg soldiers sent with the settlers served as protection long enough for things to get established. This relative peace lasted for 14 years, during which Grandoresberg halted expansion (having sufficient population to run the mines), and became largely self sustaining in both food and defensive matters.
Not long after the Horkarenberg army presence was phased out, however, the outer settlements were attacked by large forces of monstrous humanoids (primarily orcs and goblins), and quickly sacked. The surprise assault shocked the people of Grandoresberg, and few refugees ever made it to the city. Soon afterward, a large force attacked the city itself, but was ultimately thrown back by the colonists (with aid from the Horkarenberg military). The destruction of the outlaying settlements was seen as a travesty to the colonists, who appealed to Horkarenberg to send in another force of troops to allow rebuilding, but were ultimately denied. Lacking insensitive to rebuild the settlements, as Grandoresberg no longer needed the excess construction materials to expand, the Horkarenberg rulers decided to leave things as they were, only pledging to send troops if Grandoresberg itself was again attacked. Luckily, it was not.
The people of Grandoresberg have continued to mine and have become fairly wealthy throughout the previous years, buy what was needed from Horkarenberg. Recently, however, Mayor Remir and Sherif Jamie Cantalot have offered incentives to various mercenary bands and individuals in order to better explore and “make safe” the surrounding countryside, to allow future colonization.