Always may your waters flow to quench the land and seeds you've sown.
— Old Elonian Blessing
Elona is the name of a nation, sometimes also referred to as a continent, southeast of Central Tyria. In the past, it was often called Land of the Golden Sun, and in times since Palawa Joko's reign began has been called the United Kingdom of Elona by his faithful followers. Originallya human kingdom under the Primeval Kings, it has since faced civil war and been divided among three provinces—Istan, Kourna, and Vabbi—before being united under the undead lich's banner. King Joko's leadership had turned Elona into a land of both living and undead, long without contact to the other nations.
Elona is part of the same super-continent as Central Tyria, connected via the Crystal Desert; though before the Exodus of the Gods, the two areas were separated by the Crystal Sea. The northern borders of Elona have been plagued by Zhaitan's Risen minions since its rise, causing a war between the two undead nations. This combined with Kralkatorrik's presence in the Crystal Desert has prevented all communication with Elona, except for the Order of Whispers, who have an unknown means of traveling between the two lands. Only Balthazar's return and subsequent invasion of the Crystal Desert region has brought communication back with Elona, throwing the land in chaos once again.
According to Alain, it was prophesied over three hundred years ago that an Elonian, long from home and living beneath steel, would rise and lead his people back to the Crystal Desert.
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Geography
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
After reaching Orr, humanity spread into the lands that would become Elona in 205 BE. Within five years, the first of the Primeval Kings was crowned and Fahranur, the First City, established; legends say that the Six Gods themselves crowned this first king, but the truth had been forgotten even within the 600 years of the Primeval Kings' reign. This marked the beginning of the Primeval Dynasty. The Primeval Dynasty marked the height of Elona, before the Exodus of the Gods, it had stretched across the lands of Istan, Kourna, and the southern coasts of the Crystal Sea. During this time, Elona shared its borders with the Margonites, a sea-faring human civilization that established itself in the Crystal Sea and Elona's coasts.
After Abaddon's defeat, the Primeval Kings had spread their reign further north, settling Vabbi and reaching into the Crystal Desert and establishing the Tomb of the Primeval Kings on its northern edge in 29 AE. They had even established Morah as a guard over the Mouth of Torment. Later, in 300 AE, Elona had colonized the lands of Kryta, previously established by Prince Mazdak of Orr, and expanded the colony's lands into centaur and tengu territories, though it became independent in 358 AE.
Though considered by many to be the height of Elona's time, the Primeval Dynasty had its share of bloodshed. During King Wasi's and Queen Nadijeh's reigns, Elona was torn by civil war and became famous in defending their people during these times. Nadijeh had brought an end to these wars upon establishing the Sunspear Guard to become Elona's independent protectors for centuries to come.
The Primeval Dynasty lasted for approximately 650 years, ending with the Scarab Plague that swept through Istan and killed the royal family.
Great Dynasty (456–583 AE / 656–783 DR)
Four years after the Scarab Plague began and Istan was abandoned, a man by the name Admun Kolos took the throne and began the second dynasty of Elona: the Great Dynasty. Istan was isolated for eight years until settlers returned and blocked off the source of the plague: Fahranur. This new dynasty only lasted 31 years, however, and brought forth the bloodiest time in Elona's history.
Shattered Dynasty (456–583 AE / 656–783 DR)
The Shattered Dynasty was consumed by the Pretender Wars which saw the birth of the dervish profession before they ended in 640 AE, 37 years after the wars began. The Shattered Dynasty Era ended in 840 DR (640 AE) when the last of the "Pretender Kings" fell and the three provinces—Istan, Kourna, and Vabbi—were formed.
Era of three provinces (640 AE–1135 AE / 840 DR–1335DR )
The union between the provinces of Istan, Kourna and Vabbi marks the birth of the modern nation of Elona.
In 860 AE, the first invasion by Palawa Joko and his Awakened armies began. He quickly conqured Vabbi, earning him the title as "The Scourge of Vabbi," and moved his forces south. At the Grand Cataract of Jahai, the forces of Kourna—along with the remnant forces of Vabbi and the Order of the Sunspears—stood against Joko's armies. The general of the allied forces, Turai Ossa, assaulted Joko directly and defeated him at the Battle of Jahai. However, because Joko could not be killed, Turai imprisoned the undead lord and established the Order of Whispers to ensure the lich remained captive. Due to his victory, Turai was crowned king of all Elona. In the following years, his obsession with prophecies led him to give his son Kunai Ossa the crown and led the Great Pilgrimage into the Crystal Desert.
In 1075 AE, the fallen god Abaddon attempted to break free of his prison and brought forth Nightfall. Utilizing the few still faithful to him, such as Warmarshal Varesh Ossa, he had portals opened throughout Elona and dark rituals performed to weaken the barrier between Tyria and the Mists. Abaddon was defeated and killed by heroes and members of the Order of Sunspears after they fought their way into the heart of the Realm of Torment to find him. Abaddon was then supplanted by Kormir who became the new goddess of knowledge. During this time, Joko was also freed from his prison due to Abaddon's own attempts at freedom.
In the years following Nightfall, the three provinces worked to recover. Istan became a tourist nation due to their aid in helping the Sunspears, and the Vabbian princes used their wealth to speed their nation's recovery. Kourna was plunged into a civil war, as the war had left them leaderless, though the Order of the Sunspears worked to bring peace as they spread throughout Elona once more, even traveling to other parts of the world.
The United Kingdom of Elona (1135 AE– / 1335DR– )
In 1135 AE, sixty years after Nightfall, Palawa Joko once more invaded Elona. This time, he dammed the Elon River, sending it westward from its former southern course, and caused famine throughout Vabbi and northern Kourna. Vabbi quickly surrendered to ensure survival, and Kourna and Istan became vassal states shortly after that. Those who could, fled the nation now ruled by the undead, many becoming refugees in Kryta. The Order of the Sunspears were broken or corrupted, reforming into the Mordant Crescent. Palawa Joko had the descendants of the Ossa clan hunted down, and few of either still exist in Elona. Those who survived now live as wanderers.
Approximately fifty years ago, another wave of Elonian refugees came into Tyria, escaping the ravages of Palawa Joko. Contact with Elona has been lost since. Nowadays, access to Elona is barred off by way of the Desert Gate - the primary land route into the Crystal Desert - being sealed by Queen Jennah's order due to "dark events" in the desert, which are unknown to the gate's guards. Only the Order of Whispers has knowledge of how to travel to Elona in modern times.
The Elon River is the primary source of water across Elona. However, it was dammed by Palawa Joko and diverted towards the Crystal Desert.
The island of Istan lies in the southwestern portion of Elona and was among the first places humans colonized. The first human rulers, the Primeval Kings, once inhabited a city there called Fahranur. The western half of Istan grows lush jungles and wetlands, while white sand beaches and plains comprise the eastern half.
Istan is now a vassal to Palawa Joko's undead kingdom.
Kourna is the southernmost region of the Elonian mainland. As it was known, the region/province had many garrisons and the strongest military presence in Elona. Elonian centaurs claimed the land as their home for centuries, but today their fate is unknown. The region's inhabitants found food in the region's abundant savannahs mostly through herding. Though farming was possible, it required the damming and redirection of the Elon River, which once flowed through the land into the Unending Ocean as the land's main water supply. With the Elon again diverted north after Palawa Joko's return to power, the region fell under famine and only gets water when he allows it.
Sometimes called The Desolation, the Sulfurous Wastelands is a sub-region of the Crystal Desert, the Sulfurous Wastelands was formed over the centuries following Abaddon's defeat at the Mouth of Torment. Over the millennia, his influence slowly seeped into the world turning the landscape increasingly deadly with sulfurous sands. The Primeval Kings expanded their reach there and beyond before it fell completely and built tombs for their royalty. The biggest site among them in Sulfurous Wastelands is the Dynastic Tombs.
The Desolation became home to Palawa Joko, who utilized the sulfurous sands as a natural barrier to protect his Bone Palace from the living, who die in the sulfurous sands within seconds. From there, he launched both of his conquests on Elona. When he dammed the Elon River again and it began to flow instead through the Desolation and the Crystal Desert, portions of the land became verdant again.
Situated between the Sulfurous Wastelands and Dzalana, Vabbi is the northernmost province of Elona. The province boasted ornate and lavish architecture, fashion and decor in its settled areas before Palawa Joko's return. Outside the protection of high bastion walls, the dangerous wildlands of Vabbi were home to harpy and heket raiders. Once ruled by clanmarshals called princes who gained their power through wealth alone, Vabbi was never militarily focused; instead they looked towards cultural advancements in various forms of art. Before being dammed, the Elon River originated from north of Vabbi, which was the first province to fall to Palawa Joko's invasion.
- Northern Elona is accessible in Guild Wars 2's second expansion, Path of Fire. Istan also became available with the release of Daybreak