The Island of Denilou (Thergerim: denilou, "sacred land"), also called the "Iron Realm" is an isle in the midst of the Adanian Sea far to the southeast of the mainland of the Sarvonian Continent. Once an uninhabitated island it was discovered in 1317 b.S. by Brok Strongarm, a dwarf of the Mitharims who set out to reach the famous Ylaoth Khirril'drumm, the Isle of the Glimmering Stones, as described in dwarven myth. The isle indeed offered many riches, especially gold and diamond mines were dug. The dwarves who settled there founded a great underground city called Toll Brok'Baroll, which is one of the greatest dwarven cities ever built. Since the year 292 b.S. refugees from the Sarvonian Wars, in fact members of all civilized races of the continent (humans, elves, dwarves and halflings), landed on Denilou as well. After several skirmishes during hundreds of years of co-existence with the native dwarves, the four races of Denilou eventually managed to co-operate peacefully.
|Picture description. The Mitharim dwarf Brok Strongarm discovering the "sacred land", Denilou. As you can see on the ship design, Brok used an Avennorian barek on his voyage with the Mitharim coat of arms on the sails. Image by Quellion.|
Location. The Island of Denilou is part of the Sarvonian Continent, though it is located far off the mainland, in the SE. Its rather isolated position obviously has prevented a discovery earlier than 1317 b.S. and is still the reason why the inhabitants of the isle prefer to keep to themselves instead of trading with merchants from the mainland.
|Picture description. The map of the island of Denilou to the SE of the Sarvonian mainland. Map drawn by Artimidor.|
Description. Denilou is a large island, even larger than the whole Stratanian province at the Sarvonian mainland. Denilou features various different and interesting landscapes, ranging from a large desert to the west, the so-called Hol'Dispor (Thergerim: Hol'Dispor, "Desert of the Lost") and swamps to the east, where some renegade dwarves have made their dwellings, to massive mountain chains all over the eastern part of the island (Thergerim: Rutromerons, the "Rutromerons" or "tall-rocks"). To the northwest, where the sea elves of the Alé'lón (Styrásh Alé'lón: "Singing Wood") have their primary domain, one can find their wonderful forest/sea dwellings along the Efferin river, a magnificent view indeed as the elves of the Alé'lón are said to be the most versed tribe all over Caelereth regarding the construction of gigantic wooden structures in the sea and over the arms of the Efferin. Wood elves also live in the southeastern part of the isle, at the tropical forest of VoholCaor (Thergerim: VoholCaor "far-off hills"), humans mainly to the north and northeast, where the most important human town is Balferos, a great central trading post for all races. Humans living there are especially renowned for producing weapons and clothmaking.
Picture description: The famous statue of Brok Strongarm guarding the entrance of Toll Brok'Baroll. Pic drawn by Quellion.
The most prominent construction however on Denilou of course is the great
undergroud empire of Toll Brok'Baroll (Thergerim:
lit. "under Brok-Father"), with thousands of
tunnels leading deep into the earth, harbouring the
dwarven Mytheron clan (probably derived from
the plural of the word "mithten", meaning "iron"). In their empire the
dwarves are mainly mining for ores like iron,
silver and gold. Especially iron can be found at various places at the
Rotrumerons Mountains, which
also is the reason why Denilou is often refered to as the "Iron Realm". Nearly
all mines throughout the island are connected to the great empire of Toll
Every dwarven clan
lord of the empire has the status of
being a living legend,
just like Brok was a legend
already during his lifetime. The clan lord of the Mytheron dwarves represents the
spirit of their famous
who discovered the island and gave their lives a new
purpose.Thus the empire was constructed in his
honour and the translation of the term Toll Brok'Baroll with "under
Brok-Father" also is due to the fact that an
enormous statue of Brok was erected in the center of the isle, near the main
entrance to the realm, reminding the
of Brok's deeds and unforgetable
character. The statue was hewn from the rock of the
Rotrumerons Penegrinuth, and has a size of more than 200 peds, resisting wind
and weather for more than two and a half millenia by now. Hundreds of
worked over several years for the statue's completion, showing Brok on the
lookout for new lands and adventure, a symbolic gesture, representing the
character of the Mytheron quite well. It is said that the gigantic statue still exists and that
every now and then
from all over Santharia (especially from the clan of the
leave the continent every hundred years, though they usually
do sea travelling only reluctantly, in order to pay tribute to the famous figure of
Strongarm. The statue is also a common topic for artists
to depict whenever they happen to stay for a while in the "Iron Realm" of
Magic by the way is something you won't find much on Denilou as it was forbidden by the superstituous dwarven authorities hundreds of years ago. Only elves may use magical means to a certain extent, but open use in front of dwarves is still interpreted as a major offence.
Climate. While there are tropical conditions and even terrific storms to the south as well as extreme hot conditions to the southwest at the desert of Hol'Dispor, the climate to the north is rather moderate. Though there may be heavy rainfalls from time to time, the sea elves of the Al'már'dár very seldom are in danger of being flooded.
Flora. Still to be added.
Fauna. Still to be added.
Myth/Lore. There are still many dwarves living on Denilou who believe in the myth of Ylaoth Khirril'drumm, the Isle of the Glimmering Stones, and are convinced that Denilou is this isle with masses of gems hidden deep below the surface, hidden long ago by the dwarf-lord Urtengor. One only needs to dig deep enough, they say. Well, maybe this is the reason why the underground realm of Toll Brok'Baroll is still expanding - but will the dwarves find their desired glimmering stones down below?
"The Discovery of Denilou (Theme of Denilou)", composed and performed by
Format: MP3, Length: 6:15, Original Title: "Realm Island" from the album "The Iron Realm".
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