“A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” Charles Kettering
City-State of Skaith
Founded 9/24/-629, by Saint Skelleth of Thule
Shield: Ship, Torch, Shark, and Green Star on Brown
The god Tolomos, the Torch Bearer, was a minor deity who garnered a small but growing following in Thule just over a thousand years ago. After several generations the religion solidified around the monotheistic teachings of the high priest Vatusia and the followers of Tolomos became a religious minority which was prosecuted in various forms by the polytheistic majority of Thulans.
After a time Thule came to be ruled by the Kings of Themis. King Kyle of Themis was an able leader and just ruler who built a shortlived realm of dispersed city-states. He also allowed the followers of Tolomos to colonize the island of Skaith where they founded a city bearing the same name. The green star symbol of the Royal House of Themis was placed on the banner of the new city in remembrance of King Kyle.
Though the theocracy which ruled Skaith would give allegiance to the Kings of Themis, Thule, Dosade, Gravenhage, Toonal, and back to Dosade when the 2nd Imperial Raiders took the city on June 25th, 425, the regular people of Skaith lead a rather insular life. The first thing a visitor notices of the city is the uniformity of the place. The buildings are similar, built with a brownish stone and all having wooden shutters of a reddish tint. The men dress in the same tan, off-white, or brown trousers, white shirts, while the women wear the same tan, off-white, or brown dresses with white trim and undergarments. The torch emblem of the god Tolomos adorns everything from the shutters and doors to the large 80 foot tall statue of a stern man looking over the city and holding aloft a large torch whose magic flames burn day and night.
The people are openly hostile to foreigners. Visitors are pointedly told of policies that require outsiders to register their presence, state their reason for visiting, and regularly check in with a guard post. Most merchants refuse to deal with foreigners, especially elves. Those that do sell for double or triple what they charge locals. Most foreigners stay in the Commons as the southernmost district of Skaith is called. The Commons unfold around several miles of harborfront and warehouses and is seperated from the rest of Skaith by internal walls and gates. There is no gate from the Commons leading outside the city. In the Commons can be found the residence of the Imperial Dosadan Governor as well as temples to most gods and goddesses; the largest being to Poseidon. Every major merchant guild has offices here.
The economy is relatively simple, since it is fairly self-sufficient. It needs wood for its ship building industry, usually imported from Chevastos. Skaith produces barely enough food for its citizens and imports grain, vegetables, and meat from Kamden and Fieltos. The island has 364 miles of coastline and contains close to 6,000 square miles of land. Of that perhaps 2,000 square miles of it is cultivated with the farmers and others living in fortified stone steadings. Two smaller towns, Kaspor on the west coast, and Haleka to the north, are connected to Skaith by a well maintained and patrolled road. No farm or rural keep is more than 20 miles from either Skaith or one of the towns.
The bottom south east portion of the island is uninhabited and a desolate wilderness due to its proximity to the sea and a large population of sahuagin living in the Ribar Straits. These creatures are also part of the reason the nearby island of Sirrala has never been colonized successfully. Gargoyles, Reekmurks, Riptide Horrors, and other aquatic based terrors come ashore in this area which is called Notis by the Skaithans. There is a line of fortresses and a mostly completed wall, called the Chanharsa which divides the Notis from the rest of the island in an attempt at minimizing the dangers to the population. Every couple of decades the Skaithan military tries to scour the Notis clean to just have it be repopulated once more.