Encyclopedia Realmgardica: The Land of the Phoenix

So named for both the resemblance of its geography to a bird and the cultural importance placed upon the Phoenix itself by the Amazons who have dwelt there for centuries, the Land of Phoenix is a remote region in the northwest of Realmgard.

A map of a coastal region resembling a bird, with the location of ten cities marked by their emblems and decorated by the image of a column topped with a statue of a goddess and a blue-haired Amazon with a sword on her belt.

So named for both the resemblance of its geography to a bird and the cultural importance placed upon the Phoenix itself by the Amazons who have dwelt there for centuries, the Land of Phoenix is a remote region in the northwest of Realmgard.

The bulk of the Amazon population lives within the Decapolis, the ten settlements surrounding the sanctuary of the Amazon goddess Parthene built in the centre of Lake Koron. There are also smaller outlying communities throughout the region.

Due to the remoteness of their homeland and the general lack of reasons most people from the rest of Realmgard have to travel so far, the Amazons are widely, though wrongly, believed to be inhospitable and hostile to outsiders, particularly men.

There are widespread rumours that men are outright banned from Amazon communities and that trespassers will be dispatched in novel, horrifying fashion. The Amazons themselves are generally the first to dispute such rumours.

It is generally held that the first Amazons were refugees fleeing the chaotic period that saw the final violent fragmentation of the Elven Empire. The Amazons retain many aspects of ancient Elven cultural and thus cultural ties with Elven communities elsewhere in Realmgard.

However, the Amazon’s centuries isolation from much of the rest of Realmgard, combined with the harshness of their lives in the cold, rugged, sparsely-populated Land of the Phoenix, along with the aforementioned misconceptions, has led many people in Realmgard, especially other Elves has led to the view that the Amazons have regressed to barbarism over the centuries.

Again, the proud and self-sufficient Amazons themselves are quick to contest such views. Notably, among the ten most highly-venerated figures in Amazon history, after whom the cities of the Decapolis are named, are a philosopher, a lawmaker, a sorceress, a scholar, and a poet.

The Amazons pride themselves on impressing the value of both military and scholarly pursuits upon their daughters.

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