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Shiota was a kingdom of the Free Years. It was founded after the Trolloc Wars out of the former territory of Eharon. During the War of the Hundred Years, it splinted into the kingdom of Altara, with a large chunk of its eastern territory becoming part of Illian.
Shiota was one of the largest of the kingdoms of the Free Years, and the territory it controlled almost exactly matched that of the one of the Ten Nations it replaced, save some lands along the River Storn and River Cary. Its borders were the River Eldar to the west, the Sea of Storms to the south, and the River Manetherendrelle to the east and north. Its neighbors were Kharendor to the west, Dhowlan to the northwest, Farashelle in the far north, Nerevan and Esandara to the northeast, and Fergansea to the east.
Shiota's capital city was Ebou Dar, which had been built out of the ruins of Barashta, which had been mostly destroyed in the Trolloc Wars. The city of Illian, located on the border with Fergansea, was also a major port and trade center. Both cities survived the War of the Hundred Years. Another location of note was the village of Salidar, where the famous Amyrlin Seat Deane Aryman was born c. FY 920.
Shiota was famed for its feather-dancers, who reputedly wore little more than feathers while they performed their dances. Many statues of former Shiotan queens also show them in considerably less clothing than is now deemed "proper."
As with many of the nations of the Free Years, little is known of Shiota's history. The kingdom arose out of the ruins of Eharon with the rebuilding of the capital as Ebou Dar a top priority during its earlier history. The nation appears to have had a possibly martial history, with large statues dating from the time of Shiota showing the rulers wearing crowns made of swords.
Around FY 500 Shiota was invaded by both Nerevan and Esandara. The reason for the invasion is not known. A major battle was fought near the ruins of Londaren Cor, the former capital of Eharon destroyed in the Trolloc Wars. Shiota appears to have proven victorious in the war, as it continued to survive after the war was concluded.
Shiota was conquered circa FY 940 during the War of the Second Dragon by the false Dragon Guaire Amalasan, and fell into disarray upon his death. It was then annexed by Artur Hawkwing some years later. After the War of the Hundred Years the rulers of Ebou Dar managed to establish control over much of the former territory of Shiota, naming it Altara, but were never able to decisively forge a unified kingdom. Instead, Altara became a patchwork of semi-autonomous fiefdoms paying lip service, if that, to the ruler in Ebou Dar.
Aldeshar | Abayan | Balasun | Basharande | Caembarin | Dal Calain | Darmovan | Dhowlan | Elan Dapor | Elsalam | Esandara | Farashelle | Fergansea | Hamarea | Ileande | Indrahar | Kharendor | Khodomar | Masenashar | Moreina | Nerevan | Oburun | Oman Dashar | Roemalle | Rhamdashar | Shandalle | Shiota | Talmour | Tova