Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #57
Feb 26th 2023
Name: Tenmala (“Those Who Reject their Doom”)
Location: Southern Gold Mountains west of Orvusiv and northeast of the Feystone Woods (#26)
Population (approx.): Estimated 10,000 to 12,500
Brief: Tenmala is the only known sizeable Firbolg territory near or within the borders of the four City-States. History writes that the ancestors of these Firbolg sought refuge with the Elves of Feystone in order to escape some prior Corruption that doomed most of their fellows to serve Chaos, Darkness or Evil. Once that present danger passed, the Elves helped the Firbolg establish a realm that became known as Tenmala (“Those Who Reject their Doom”). As the years have passed the Firbolg of Tenmala have kept clear of the locals, except for a few trusted Elven intermediaries, for fear they become exposed to a situation that might lead the entire community to their Doom. The time of the Ta’arnan Empire was difficult for as the Empire turned to darkness, many Firbolg fell under its influence and left Tenmala to serve Ta’arna and go to their Doom. The population of Tenmala County, as the local City-States have designated the region, has slowly recovered in the centuries since Ta’arna fell.
Geography: Tenmala is centered about the southwestern-most major peak of the Gold Mountains. It claims and patrols about 700-800 square miles of surrounding heavily forested territory. There are no roads, and the settlements are cunningly concealed from view. A single Elven thorp, locally known as the Gate, marks the southern border and hosts the Elves who serve as intermediaries between the Firbolg and other local inhabitants. The Elves will warn visitors to avoid Firbolg lands for they have a “shoot first to avoid later corruption” attitude toward strangers.