Pillars of State
Ilien is a bustling, mercentile city-state on the coast of the great Tael Firth ocean. Former capital of the great empire that once dominated the region, Ilien now only extends direct influence over a small number of nearby fiefs.
It is ruled over by elves, as in the ancient days of the empire, many of whom are potent sorcerers. Humans make up the bulk of the population, and other races are relatively uncommon, though not unheard of.
Among the striking examples of Ilienese architecture are the grand temples that loom over the centre of the city. Mostly devoted to the fey gods Corellon and Sehanine, as well as the goddess of civilization, Erathis, these religious institutions are distant and aloof, giving more attention to tradition than actually helping their flocks. In the human quarters of the city, smaller shrines exist, crudely aping the institutions of their lords, or espousing foreign faiths.