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AEGOS (Dominion of)

Location: Sea of Dawn, southeast of the Isle of Dawn, west of Ochalea. AS

Area: 65,846 sq. mi. (170,541 sq. km.).

Population: 25,000, including Aegopoli (pop. 5,000) and Pittston (pop. 2,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]

Languages: Alphatian (Alatian dialect), Thyatian (Thyatian dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Thyatian coins are also very common: emperor (5 gp), lucin (gp), asterius (sp), denarius (cp).

Taxes: 10% income tax and an import/export tax of 2% on magical items and components, and 1% on all other goods (Naycese kingdoms and Karameikos excluded). 10% of tax revenue goes to the imperial treasury.

Government Type: Military dictatorship, member of Nayce.

Industries: Agriculture, fishing, trade.

Important Figures: Francesca Egidio (Thyatian Consulate, human, female, F18), Delsel Oaktree (Assistant Consulate, elf, male, F10/M10).

Flora and Fauna: The province has normal animals and plants found for lands of tropical plains, hills and forest (which are too numerous to all list here). Most of Aegos is wilderness, and almost any type of monster can be found here due to the failure of Aegos' zoo long ago and the more recent escape of monsters from Gaity.

Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, previous almanacs.

Description by Vivianna Romanones.

The largest island of the Alatians, Aegos was until recently home to a sleepy community of farmers. Aegos is known for its farmland and pasturage. It occupies a strategic location in the Sea of Dawn, covering access both west into the Sea of Dread and east towards Bellissaria. Aside from some piratical raids back and forth between Furmenglaive and Ne'er-do-well, Aegos was mostly uninvolved in the Great War. Since then it has become the focus of some attention though, due to the tunnel leading to the so-called "Hollow World" which existed in the island's interior. Both Minrothad and Thyatis dedicated themselves to exploiting the potential of this shaft, but have been unable to reopen it following damage it suffered during the war. Repeated attempts have been made to repair it, but after promising starts it always collapses again-it seems the Alphatians made a mistake in building it in an area that is prone to earthquakes. Thyatian engineers have advised giving up on the project, but have been overruled for political reasons by the governments of Minrothad and Thyatis; neither nation wants to fall further behind Nayce and Karameikos in reaping the benefits of exploration and discoveries in the Hollow World. Some say starting a new tunnel elsewhere, in an area less geologically unpredictable, would be wiser in the long run, but so far these proposals have gone nowhere. The people of Aegos are largely of Alphatian decent, but immigrants from Minrothad and Thyatis form a growing segment of the population, drawn here to work on The Pit. So far there has been little conflict between the new settlers and the natives, as the natives are scattered in farms while the immigrants mainly work in Aegopoli and Pittston.

Recent agreements have handed control over Aegos back to the Alphatians, though the Thyatian Empire retains a so-called Thyatian Quarter. In AC 1016 a fiendish creature wreaked havoc on Aegos soon after the Thyatian withdrawal; the beast was eventually dispatched while it was on Gaity by the former King of Aegos, Dromedon. Since the former king, and likely candidate for kingship, was killed as well, the island has thus far remained under military rule; it is expected that a new king will be dispatched sometime this year.