A Shadow over Akeroth
Alatia ( commonly called The Deep Jungles) is a vast area occupying the entirety of the South of Akeroth. Alatia is home to a large dense jungle and is also home to a vast number of peoples, animals and species. The Deep Jungles were originally inhabited by the Trolls, however, when Man arrived in 1A they found the great monoliths there already overgrown and unheeded. It would be from the ruins of this ancient Troll empire, that the great empire of Alatia would be formed.
Alatia was originally settled in 1A as Man swept across the whole of the world, while most Humans went North or West only a small number of people went of into the great and foreboding jungles of the South. Here in the deep dark Southern jungles the first colonists found great megaliths which contained the secrets to using incredibly powerful Preservation Magic. Possessing the secrets to the Preservation Magic of the Trolls allowed these first Colonists to begin reconstruction of the great empire that stood before them, and in only a few generations the greatness of Alatia was shown to the whole of Akeroth.
The Government that formed in this new land was founded by the greatest of the Mages that learned the Trolls Preservation Magic. While these men and women formed the original Government it would take only a few generations before these Mage lords would take on the mantle of Priests truly creating the Hierarchy for which the Empire was cemented by. As the population grew so to did the borders of the empire, and within ten generations much of the jungle lands were tamed and settled, truly showing the might and tenacity of the Alatians.
As the years went on the Empire prospered greatly and continued to expand until it covered the entirety of the Southern peninsula of Akeroth; with this great expansion many native creatures, (namely the Trolls, Ogres, Goblinkin, and a variety of other humanoids) were brought under subjugation by the Alatians and forced into slave labor. While slavery seemed a viable system for several hundred years it did posses its negative qualities, and all throughout the empire the flags of freedom and rebellion were raised time and time again. The slaves were largely disorganized and were quite easy to crush, however, the constant number of rebellions brought great fatigue to the Empire, and so it was decided that a Great Culling would occur.
All throughout the empire festivals began with food, drink, and entertainment, primarily the public torture and killing of thousands of slaves. With the slave population reduced enough to become more manageable, and the breaking of Will for the millions of slaves throughout the empire, the Mage-Priests believed that the issue of rebellions would be solved, instead the rebellions became far more organized and proved to be a much greater threat than they were before. While the Alatian armies marched throughout the empire chasing the rebels (as they marched town to town burning and looting for more supplies) things became uneasy in the Capital as the majority of the soldiers had been sent North to deal with the rebellions, everything came to a head when the Leader of the rebellion and his massive army comprised mainly of Ogres began to lay siege upon the Capital.
The Alatians attempted to use their Magic against the Ogres, however, from countless generations of being forced to submit via magical control and torture, the Ogres had become quite immune to magical effects and the Alatians were forced to come up with a new solution. With the entirety of the Armed forces occupied in combat against the rebels in the North, and suffering under a siege the Mage-Priests began to sacrifice Human life starting with the serfs of the slums. As the sacrifices began the Mage-Priests hoped that the Gods would answer, however, day after day no answer came and as the food stores of the city quickly dwindled down the discontent among the population became rampant. Only a week after the rations were cut Food Riots erupted throughout the city, and the few guards and soldiers who were left did all in their power to bring back order, but were to no avail and large sections of the city burned as the Soldiers were re-posted to the wealthier districts of the city.
After the end of the Food Riots, the Human Sacrifices were stopped in an attempt to prevent another riot, and it was after the end of the Sacrifices that the Stranger arrived in Alatia. Standing before the gates of the magnificent city the Stranger lingered about cloaked in black and wearing a Pallid Mask. The men on the wall called down to him, but he only responded with the Words “I bring the Salvation of Truth”, unsure as to the Strangers intentions the men on the wall went to retrieve the Mage-Priests to see what they would want done.
With the arrival of the Mage-Priests the Strangers demeanor changed slightly and when the first of the Mage-Priests asked what he came there for, he responded
Alatia stood as an empire from 1A until 5A when the Mage-Priests of Alatia were tricked by Nerulls’ Avatar, the Crimson King, who came in the guise of the Phantom of Truth. The Phantom came and broke the interminable siege of Alatia and taught the Alatians the art of Necromancy. After gaining the souls of the Alatians and their combined power, Nerull used this to take control of the Undead Host from Ishar, and sent them Southwards to destroy the Beacon of Light.
Nerulls’ armies marched Southward and ultimately overran the defenders of Garem and destroyed the Beacon of Light, thrusting the Deities from Akeroth, and thrusting Akeroth into the Dark Times. With the beginning of the Dark Times, and a seeming end to all, the Alatians sacrificed themselves en masse to safe the rest of Akeroth.
Since then over the course of hundreds of years the great monolithic structures that dominated the landscape had sunken back as the vast southern jungles enveloped it. It was during this time that many different species began to dwell here including Orcs, Gnolls. Goblins, Ogres, and Giants. Trolls also dwell within the jungles, however, they seem to have occupied this land for much longer than the other races.
Today the Southern Jungles stand as a wild and unforgiving landscape where even the flora is carnivorous; because of this very few people venture southwards into the jungles.
A view of the Deep Jungles with their ruins.