The Wheel Turns...
Illian is ruled both by a Council of Nine, and a king who wears the Laurel Crown. In the absence or indisposition of the king, the Council of Nine rules in his stead.
Illian lies in the south of the Westlands where the Manetherendrelle flows into the Sea of Storms. The city of Illian boasts the largest port in the known world — a giant circular harbor. To the west sprawls forests and olive groves. The far north is quite mountainous, bulwarked by castles and hillforts. To the east is a vast marshland finally opening up to the Plains of Maredo. The city’s immediate surroundings is made up of these swamps and therefore does not need any protecting wall.
Whenever a Great Hunt (for the Horn of Valere) is called, its participants, who are called Hunters, are commissioned in the Great Square of Tammuz in the city of Illian.
The nation of Illian was formed after the capture of the city of Illian by Lord Nicoli Merseneos den Ballin near the end of the War of the Hundred Years, becoming its first king. His family continued to rule Illian for the next three hundred years. Illian is also famous for its endless wars with Tear as they argue over oil trading rights.