A World Reborn
The Island of New Beginnings
In the 41 years since Koryuu’s fall, many traders, scouts, and adventurers have traveled outside the region of Hitara. With the ability to return to the region for the first time in recorded history, these explorers have quickly expanded the known map of the world. It took little time for the explorers to encounter other inhabitants of the land, in a wide variety of species. To the north lay the Drow cities, built on the edges of large canyons. The Drow of these cities have adapted to living above ground and no longer suffer from the sun. To the west, expansive plains go on for tens of miles. Nomadic tribes of humans, catfolk, goblins, orcs, ratfolk, and more roam the plains, occasionally warring with each other, but mostly flourishing in peace. To the south lie the largest band of mountains so far discovered. It is here that many clans of dwarves reside in the unending cave system. From the stories that the dwarves have told, occasionally creatures called svirfneblins, as well as underground drow, have been spotted in the deepest caves. On the slopes, flying bands of tengus can usually be seen. To the east lies a great forest, full of life. Elves make up the majority of civilized species residing in the forest, but a wide variety of forest-dwelling species can be found. Beyond the forest, at the end of a expansive sea, lies the city of Atheneos, the city of the Aasimar.
From interacting with the natives, the explorers have come to find that Hitara lies in the middle of a large island. The Aasimar are the only people to have traveled the seas, and have come across another large landmass to the northeast, many days journey away. The various people have each named the island differently, but the people of Hitara have taken to calling it The Island of New Beginnings.
One particular question was given to each explorer as they left Vale to ask of the various citizens of the island: Why have they never visited the cities of Hitara? The answer was the same from nearly every race: they never realized they were even there. It was as though they reached a point and promptly turned around and forgot about the area. The drow, however, tell a different tale. They knew about Hitara and the cities of the region, but that it requires a very expensive, elaborate ritual, as well as a specific route to get through the barrier, which is why a single family of drow are the only visitors to the region in recorded history.