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Sunsgrove Scroll

"The final kingdom lies to the west, forever split. One kingdom is two."- Felis Scroll.[1]

Sunsgrove is the only kingdom that serves as a homeland to more than one race at the same time.[2] It is jointly ruled[3] by both a Lutren and a Tamian ruler.[4]

The Lutren patrol the coasts, where they must constantly fight off Polcan attacks.[5] The Tamian scout the depths of the Western Deep, aiming to keep the Treewalkers from getting to their capital city of Terria.[6]

History

Before Sunsgrove was formed, the Lutren and the Tamian did not get along. The Tamian looked down upon the scattered Lutren, seeing them as inferior,[7] because they were land-bound creatures[8] and desired their land,[9] while some Lutren discounted the Tamian creation myth, claiming that the Tamian god also came from the sea, but fled to the Western Deep because he could not handle the sea's glory, which caused much tension between the two races.[10]

Then the Polcan first attacked Sunsgrove's western coasts during the war[11] in 2E:98[12] and that invasion led to the alliance between the Lutren and the Tamian[13] and was one of the major events that led to the signing of the Treaty of Cenolau[14] seventy years ago.[15]

A few years after Sunsgrove was united, but before the Treaty of Cenolau was signed, the Canid came to Sunsgrove for help, claiming the Ermehn intended to invade Sunsgrove. Sunsgrove believed the Canid and helped them fight the Ermehn. Captain Kenosh claims that the Canid lied to Sunsgrove to get them to fight the Ermehn, and that Sunsgrove didn’t realize the truth until many innocent Ermehn were dead. [16] The Canid say that Sunsgrove’s intervention was the only thing that kept the Canid from being destroyed by Sratha’s armies.[17] The Sunsgrove-Canid alliance drove the Ermehn from Aisling.[18]

Geography

Sunsgrove has two capitals- Terria and Lutra.[19] It is about a ten to twelve day's journey between the two cities.[20] While the journey is safe for skilled warriors, most travelers require an armed escort to ensure a safe arrival at their destination.[21]

The River Verodun marks the Sunsgrove-Aisling border, but due to its many tributaries, the experienced traveler knows to watch the thinning of the trees- when one has left the deep woods, they have entered Aislng and vice versa.[22]

The Tamian seat of power, Terria, is nestled in the Western Deep.[23]

Topography

Lutra, the Lutren capital, is on the coast.[24] There are farmlands just outside the capital. To the east of these farmlands lies Lake Verodun.[25]

There are many rock pillar carvings that retain most of their natural shape but have been given stylized Lutren faces, limbs and tribal designs. These carvings extend a ways into the forest, only they are carved like Tamian there. [26]

Notable Locations

Climate

Winters in Sunsgrove are capable of freezing still bodies to water to five inches thick in Lutra[27][28] and creating snowdrifts up to a Canid's chest in Terria.[29]

Biodiversity

Lutren forests have palm trees that have the shape of a cyprus tree, but bear coconuts.[30] Going inland brings one to a Tamian forest.[31]

Tamian forests have Treewalkers lurking in their depths.[32]

Demographics

The two races have a closely intertwined society, as such, Lutren are often seen in Terria, and Tamian are often seen in Lutra.[33] Canid and Vulpin have been spotted in the Land's End Tavern in Terria.[34]

There’s a sizable Vulpin population in Sunsgrove that prefer the forests to the desert. Some of these Vulpin have adopted Tamian or Lutren dress styles, but others, such as Mitra, wear Nessian garb to preserve their Vulpin heritage.[35]

Politics

Sunsgrove has two rulers- one Tamian, one Lutren. The Tamian monarch handles Tamian affairs, while the Lutren ruler takes care of Lutren affairs. However, anything that affects all of Sunsgrove requires the two leaders to come to a joint decision. The current rulers are King Dabheid of Terria and Queen Sorcha of Lutra.[36]

Sunsgrove is currently in an alliance with Aisling.[37] If Aisling is attacked, Sunsgrove must send aid.[38]

Sunsgrove has embassies in all three of the other nations.[39] In Nessa, there is at least one diplomat.[40]

Economics

Sunsgrove produces two currencies- Tamian amber drops, which is shaped and graded by expert craftsmen[41] and Lutren pearl flakes.[42]

Trivia

  • The name 'Sunsgrove' and the alliance between the Lutren and the Tamian is a reference to the Redwall series. 'Sungrove' follows the pattern set by Redwall places such as Mossflower and Loamhedge. Also in Redwall, the squirrels and the otters are closely affiliated, and it is frequent to see them tag-team throughout the series.

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: The Prologue, Page 11
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12
  3. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Three, Page 5
  4. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Three, Page 5- Alex's Commentary
  5. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12
  6. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  7. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  8. Intermission: Week 3- Alex's Commentary
  9. Intermission: Week 2- Alex's Commentary
  10. Intermission: Week 3- Alex's Commentary
  11. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  12. Intermission: Week 2- Alex's Commentary
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  14. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21- Alex's Comment: January 29, 2014, 2:08 pm
  15. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 56- Alex's Comment: April 6, 2013, 12:38 am
  16. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 12
  17. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 43
  18. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter 2, Page 43- Alex’s Commentary
  19. The World
  20. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 26- Alex's Commentary
  21. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 26- Alex's Comment: September 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM
  22. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 2
  23. The World
  24. The World
  25. The Mark
  26. Intermission: Week 2
  27. Kobbers: Felt like making a wintry BWD doodle for christmas
  28. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 42
  29. The Land's End
  30. Intermission: Week 2
  31. Intermission: Week 2
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Prologue, Page 12- Alex's Commentary
  33. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 26- Alex's Comment: September 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM
  34. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter One: Page 41
  35. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Three, Page 2- Alex’s Commentary
  36. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Three, Page 5- Alex's Commentary
  37. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 19
  38. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 21
  39. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 17- Alex's Commentary
  40. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 44
  41. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 3
  42. Song of the Eastern Sands, Page 23- Alex's Commentary

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