Langdarma was a valley located in the heart of the Yehimal range, surrounded on all sides by high mountain peaks and covered above by thick glacial ice. The land was consistently described as an earthly paradise - pure glacial waters cascaded down cliffside waterfalls in many places, several of which were at least a mile high.
The residents of Langdarma split their nation roughly in half, calling the highlands formed from the Shang Po mountain basin "Upper Langdarma" and the lowlands of the valley "Lower Langdarma".
Langdarma was entirely self-sufficient. It did not trade with any of its neighbours.
The only access to Langdarma was through magical gates, the locations of which moved among the surrounding mountain trails. If a visitor were to pass through one of the gates, they would soon be confronted by the Sannyasi, who would quiz them on their intentions, employing magic to determine their honesty. If their intentions were ill, they would be healed supplied and ejected from the nation's borders - though violence would only be used as a last resort.
According to the Sannyasi, the Yehimal Mountains were originally inhabited by entities known as the Serene Ones. One of these entities called herself Abhirati. She emerged full-grown from beneath the roots of three mountains and came to reside in Langdarma, spreading harmony among the creatures living in the Yehimal Range. Abhirati was the first of the Serene Ones to leave the Material Plane around 10 millennia ago, and in her place, she left the Sannyasi and a lingering magical aura of peace, which she taught the Sannyasi to harness for the benefit of the land. Since Abhirati left Langdarma, the Sannyasi has worked to maintain the status quo, so that should Abhirati ever return, the land would be as she remembers it.
Rumors and legendsEdit
Of the few scholars who know of Langdarma and its history, opinion is divided as to the fate of Abhirati. Some believe that she went to wander the planes and is now Sharess, while others insist that she became Sigil's Lady of Pain.
Sannyasi's Palace: Where the Sannyasi resides and spends his time training the people of Langdarma to harness Abhirati's magical aura to heal the sick and injured.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Troy Denning (November 1998). Faces of Deception. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1183-2.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Template:Cite dragon annual/1998/Rogue's Gallery: Faces of Deception
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