The Lonely Continent
The Isle of Manse
The Isle of Manse, a society based solely around the use and research of magic, is unique in Urda. These arcane and divine spellcasters spend their time in the primary city of Manse, researching the discoveries of ancient civilizations and pushing the boundaries of the known. They wield great power but rarely choose to involve themselves in the political workings of the other countries, with the exception of the Garic Federation. This island is one of the last vestiges of High Elven society, and though only a few, fragmented records survived the fall of V’aarad, there is a sense that they continue the cultural tradition of the Elven Golden Age. The Isle of Manse is very closely tied to the Garic Federation as the two have a tight-knit trade relationship for both magical teaching and the trade of Magic Items, the best of which come only from the Isle.
Languages: Common, Draconic, Elvish, Gnomish, Sylvan, Abyssal, Infernal, Celestial
Races: Elves and Humans are the most common, but any creature skilled in magic is welcome. More Tieflings make their home on Manse than anywhere else in Urda.
Major Cities: Manse
Economic Keystones: Magic, Production of Magical Items
Magic: On the Isle of Manse, magic is life. Those on the island spend their time
tinkering with the arcane and divine or serving those who do. The Island is entirely self-sufficient, with crops and herds being grown and enhanced with magic. Magic is used so ubiquitous that it is not uncommon to see a capable wizard working as, say, a cook, using his spells to augment and prepare his dishes.
Alliances/Feuds: The Isle of Manse has maintained a very close relationship with the Garic cities ever since they were persuaded to trade by some of the original founders of the Federation, but the mages stay isolated from most of the other countries in Urda. Their trade in Magic makes them a bitter enemy of Lumen. Certain factions in Manse actively support military intervention against Lumen, and occasionally some will volunteer for the Wistron Free Corps. Most of the populace of the Isle look down on the political control exercised over magic by Areen and in general treat other nations with a benign negligence.