Tilliman Highlands

Along the southern borders of Andilain stands a rugged mountain pass. Silent sentries watching those seeking entrance into the northern country. Casting a mist as far as the eye can see--the wildlife prospers and the abundant plant life takes a near-mythical presence throughout the Tilliman Highlands.
 

Blurred Borders

The one aspect that sets the Tilliman Highlands apart is its blurred borders. The continent of Humär is separated into seven distinct kingdoms, yet the Highlands remain a single strip of neutral territory--where the rule of Andilain and King Robert III hold sway.   From the mountains just west of Sangil, to the Mist Plains and Dunhill, the Highlands come to a rough point near Southbend, along the Irdu River.  
  The Tilliman Highlands rests between the borders of Illmorjä [ill-MOR-yah]--ruled by King Jasper, and Jokimset [YOK-em-set], ruled by King Otaktay (kills many).      

Geography

Tilliman Highlands is nestled between extremes. To the north, one finds the great Highland mountains, while to the south, the land ends at the shores of The Shell Sea. To the west, the Highlands transform into the monolith mountains of Illmorjä, while to the southeast the dense forests blend into the near-tropical region of Jokimset.  

Tämä-Un

To the east of Binmeer Lake is a ring of mountains reaching their fingers to the sky. Within the center of their grasp is the hidden valley of Tämä-Un, ancient runes containing one of the three Prime Gates.  

Rare Ore

For nearly 700 years, the mountains within Tilliman Highlands have been searched and mined for its ore. Copper, gold, silver, and iron were found in abundance. In addition, both mägo and Kutollum Rune Keepers scowered the various mountain ranges for rae minerals and ore to use in ther magical crafts.  

The Twin Mines

To this day, there are two deep coal mines found in the twin peaks of Mt. Venmeer and Mt. Agmeer. Since the separation of the seven kingdoms, regular mining has ceased as few have wanted to challenge boundary lines near King Otoktay's domain of Jokimset [YOK-em-set], though any in need have been able to freely enter the mines.  

Fauna and Flora

Tilliman Highlands is known for its abundant animal life and woodlands. Elk, deer, rabbit, fox, boar, quail, and other larger game can be found throughout the region. Fish are also abundant in both river and lake. Other than the residents of Dunhill, most avoid the region about the Mist Plains, as it is heavily infested with insects.  
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Location under
Andilain
Included Locations
Owner/Ruler
King Robert III
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There are some notes I would add to this location readers should be aware of.   Due to the dense forest, bountiful wildlife and abundant natural caves piercing the mountainsides, the Tilliman Highlands remains to be one of the more dangerous geographical locations on Humär.   The enemies of mankind have, more than once, skittered across the borders of the land and vanished into the dense environment, waiting for the opportune moment to plunge their daggers into unknowing flesh.   For all the beauty and resources, the Highlands is a fierce and dangerous place for the uninitiated and unprepared.  
~ Höbin
 
During the retreat of Thule and his disciples from Til-Thorin, scouts discovered random bands of both Vallen and ocassional Täuku hiding at higher elevations.   It wasn't until the University of Magic sent staff to investogate that traces of what we believe to be 'gates' were discovered in strategic locations.   These gates were not able to function on the scale of a Prime Gate, but to open a temporary doorway for a set number of travelers through, before collapsing.   It is our belief that it is by this means Humär was invaded, even though its borders were secured by traditional military means.
 
 
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A Prime Gate spire...
  Tilliman Highlands was first mentioned in the book Race to Til-Thorin.
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Elias Redclaw
22 Mar, 2020 17:38

Oh my! I love the narrative of this article! It’s probably one of the best I’ve seen so far for the challenge! It’s simple yet so beautiful, a feat that my detail loving mind can never achieve XD!   I have only a few suggestions related to content and formatting. I’ll try my best to help though!   1) How is the life of people who live in this region?   2) Are there any myths or legends associated with this place?   3) Have the seven kingdoms ever tried to conquer Andallian?   Now onto the formatting part! This is where I will be a bit personal so feel free to discard my feedback if it goes against your personal voice!   1) A music video at the start would be a great way to hook the reader alongside an image!   2) The info about people’s daily lives would look the best in the sidebar imo   Besides that, I’m just stunned as to how you can leave me dumbfounded with such a short article. I really love this and I’m also voting for it to win in your respective league like you did for me! Congrats Jamie and keep up the amazing work! :D

23 Mar, 2020 05:49

Thanks, Elias, for the feedback.   I will include more--just haven't had the time yet and wanted to at least get the bare bones submitted in case I missed the deadline.   As for the sidebar, that's where I haven't included Höbin's scrolls yet. So I have NOT forgotten that! hehe.   Thanks for stopping by buddy!

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