The Four Kingdoms: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Eda Its mainly a swamp, broken by occasional fields, or muddy forests. Little dry land. The people here live in boats, or on raised houses (either on stilts or in trees) They are a poor nation, ruled by a monarchy, who was fair until the crowned prince took the throne. He has turned into a dictator, shutting off trade routes, slowly starving his people. No good relationships with any of the other kingdoms, monarch may or may not be plotting war on one of its neighbors, long time enemy of Dith. Located in the south-east Abearic Located on the east side of the mountain T. A kingdom of vast forests, sunny meadows, crystal lakes and the occasional swamp land. The land is rich in mineral ore, lumber, game, fish and thus the people are prosperous. Not particularly wealthy but well fed and clothed. Much better off than their neighbors to the south. Ruled by the same line of monarchs since their foundation. Not particularly good or bad rulers. Just okay, not cruel but also not kind. Good relations with Balith, fearful of its neighbor Eda. Located to the North-east. Balith Located to the west of the mountain T. A relatively hilly nation. Dry, because the tall mountain range stops clouds and causes the rain to fall on Abearic. Full of golden meadows, dedicus forests and only one large river. Relies heavily on trade to make it through the constant, dry arid weather and ever failing crops. Ruled by a king, when the king dies any man may challenge his heir to a contest of wits, strength and ability. The winner is crowned, but has a parliament sort of arrangement. By not relying on one supreme ruler the people are usually treated fairly. Depends heavily on Abearic for trade, constantly raided by the warring armies to the south. Located to the north West. Dith A very wet, almost tropical world. Almost entirely covered in temperate rain forests, the small part that isnt is marsh-lands. Its a nation ravenged by war. Was ruled by a kind, but heiress king until his death a decade ago. Many men fought for the title of king, eventually two armies remained and tore them apart for the crown. Both are weakening, and there is no end in sight. Used to be on good terms with Balith until the wars started, long time enemy of Eda . Located in the south west. ARI: The cell was cold and damp, it was lonely and silent. He had lost track of how many days he had been here. In this jail. In his cell. Days and nights blurred together. His mind wandered, but always returned to one thing. The Plan. He remembered the day he was thrown in here. He was a wanderer. New in town, hungry, dressed only in his skin and a faded, filthy pair of breeches. No one wanted him, it had been a long time since he had eaten. The swamps had no good hunting, he was too tired and weak to search for long. His only option had been to steal, not wanting to break into one of the stilted houses he had tried a bin behind the butchers. Filled with old scraps and bones and intestines he had managed to fill his empty belly. Even though the scraps had been thrown out to rot, he had been caught with a scrap of venison in his teeth. The guards had thrown him in here, no questions asked. They didnt know who he was, what he has. And they didn't care. That was fine, when the oppertunity presented itself he had The Plan. He would get out. He smiled, sharp teeth piercing his pale lips. Pulling the ragged blanket the guards had given him over his head he thought. Golden eyes glowed under the fabric. With a yawn he huddled closer to the wall, but didnt sleep, or close his eyes. He was waiting.