Everwood

General:
Everwood is the common name for a city carved out of the trunk of an ancient tree. Rule over the city often changes hands between elven kings and druidic leaders, so much so that many of the residents are quite content being self-ruled without electing or bowing to a leader. It is not uncommon in the ages of elves to see many leaders rise and get assassinated in this city. Druids of Volkarsis revere this ancient tree, viewing it as a mystical symbol and even consider it a point of origin for their natural powers.

History:
Druids used wood shaping power to sculpt the city out of the trunk of the tree over 2000 years ago. They used the tree as a conduit for their power, although they considered it as a place of peace and consecration. Barbarian tribes from what is modern day Romardas attacked it several times over the years, slowly weakening the druid’s power. After about eighty-five years of this, the tactful Evandrus Liber joined his small and dexterous elven force with the might of the barbarian hordes, and they took Everwood with relative ease. Many of the druids favored peace over keeping the tree to themselves, so they requested to join the new society. The city was given the name Dracaena, as it was as close to the proper druidic pronunciation the barbarians were going to get. This name persists, but most common races and outsiders just call it Everwood.

The elves tried to teach the barbarians and give them a proper education, but the barbarians were born in blood and violence. They ended up leaving the city and heading back in to Romardas without much fuss. Evandrus Liber was the first king of Dracaena. The Dracaenians built a small army to defend the tree focusing on the magical aptitude of the druids, and the dexterity of the elves. After time, Evandrus Liber realized his court was running out of money, so he imposed taxes, and while he was considered a fair king, the people turned on him. His rule ended when he was assassinated 38 years after he assumed the position. Many kings would rise and fall in the city, but most would either get run out or killed, and few would make any kind of drastic changes to the Dracaenian way of life. The fourth king of Dracaena, Phillon Bassam led the campaign to capture and enslave tribal halflings from Dameras, and is therefore solely responsible for the halfling population in Volkarsis. Phillon Bassam did not anticipate the creatures having such an affinity for small blades, coordination, and assassination. Phillon Bassam’s rule would last for only 5 years, and his successor Nikhil Ekene emancipated the halflings, granting them citizenship in Volkarsis and writing the HALF Act which allowed future halfling immigrants to gain citizenship as well.

Everwood

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