The Isle of Erollisi:
This is the largest of the islands and also contains the highest mountain peak compared to the other islands. Unlike other peaks, this one is too steep to climb and even has ice forming at the highest point. It truly towers over all in the region. A stream flows and falls from the frozen peak and runs into the sea. Hidden behind the trees and waterfall is the hidden entrance to the Sisterhood village called Tearfall. A dock is built along the Southwest corner of the island for frequent stops by sailing vessels. Goods from the village of Tearfall are sold by the Sisterhood in a tiny outpost. Dugout rentals are also available for long and difficult trips to other islands that the ships do not anchor near. All creatures on this island are docile and protected by the Sisterhood of Erollisi.
Tearfall is the private sanctum of the Sisterhood of Erollisi. It is accessed via a hidden pass located behind a waterfall. The pass opens up into a crater like valley. The village is where the sisters train and hold contests. At first, only Elvenkind were allowed in this sect formerly from the Greater Faydark Feir’Dal Empire. Now females from around the globe who have heard of this sect seek out this place and dare to challenge the sisters in combat for a chance to become one with them. Men are not welcome within this sanctum, other than those invited or the Dwarven forge masters sworn to the service of the sisters. The village is small but contains all facilities needed by the sisters including a shrine to the great goddess of passion, Erollisi. A beautiful and towering statue has been carved into the face one of the inner cliffs by the Dwarven forge masters.
Sentries of Erollisi, and the Knights of Passion:
The guardians of Lionheart Castle are an order that can be seen in North Freeport since the Age of Turmoil. These guardians are called the Sentries of Erollisi. They wear ornate silver armor with a shiny silver helm. The helm’s visor is shaped in the guise of Erollisi Marr. These guards don vibrant blue capes with cowls. They are highly skilled with crossbows and always have one slung on their back. Their primary weapon is a blessed ornate war hammer of fine design. Sentries also have long hair regardless of gender. A Sentry is bound to protect the Priests of Marr and any sacred ground of the Order of Marr. These elite knights are very alluring, but pure of heart. The Paladins of Erollisi were know as the Knights of Passion.
The Hills of Shade and the Crusade of Tears:
The Elddar Elves fled Tunaria, the land now known as Antonica, to escape the destruction that Solusek Ro wrought upon their land. They found their way east, to Faydwer. Over time on the new continent, the Elddar branched off into two distinct tribes: the Koada ‘Dal and the Fier ‘Dal. A fraction of the Fier ‘Dal population settled in the Hills of Shade, creating a small village they named Kirathas. The Elves of Kirathas cherished nature, and resided in simple wooden huts not unlike the structures of Kelethin.
Much later, an enterprising group of Humans led by their captain Han Jensen, “discovered” Faydwer while searching for profitable fishing routes. They erected a crude port on the northern coast, opposite from Kirathas in the southwest, and named it Blackwater. Under Jensen’s orders, they made a point of keeping Blackwater’s location a closely guarded secret. This protected the sanctity of their bountiful fishing port, but it also eliminated any possibility of a rescue should disaster strike.
It was only a matter of time before the Elves and the Humans met. The first introduction was between a young fisherman, Fendel, and the daughter of Kirathas’ leader, an Elven girl named Amber. They stumbled upon one another at an elder oak tree. Their initial fear of each other melted away, replaced by curiosity. Curiosity turned to friendship, and friendship blossomed into love. This was a union that was blessed by the goddess of love, Erollisi Marr.
Unfortunately, the subsequent interactions between the citizens of Kirathas and Blackwater were anything but blessed. Territorial skirmishes and confrontations spiraled out of control, escalating into all-out war between the two villages. Not long after Amber gave birth to Norrath’s first half-elf, she was slain by her own father. He felt the act of sacrifice would end the conflict, but Fendel’s screams of anguish reached Erollisi’s ears. She descended upon the squabbling tribes, furious that her gift of love would be twisted into such hatred and pain. She cursed the inhabitants of the hills to relive their mistakes, forever.
Today, the Hills of Shade are haunted by all manner of twisted and tortured creatures. The residents of Kirathas and Blackwater continue to battle each other even in death, seemingly unaware of their tragic fate. The Elves’ ancient burial catacombs, the Crypt of Shade, are overrun with the undead. Feeding off of the decay are a vicious new breed of Sporali, darkly transformed by the remains they consume. The foliage of the grove, disfigured by the divine curse, stand guard near a statue to Erollisi. A flock of crow aviaks known as the borrowers has taken up residence in the northwest, decorating their home with scavenged baubles, brightly colored cloth, and bone.
Two camps of relative newcomers have arrived in the Hills: the benevolent members of Camp Valor, and the Gnomes that call themselves Bertoxxulous’s Chosen. Both groups are recruiting passing adventurers for assistance with their wildly different goals. The Gnomes’ attention is on scavenging dead bodies. For a necromancer, the concentration of death and decay are a valuable untapped resource, and profitable if one is willing to risk one’s neck collecting it. The paladins of Camp Valor have come to the Hills for a more noble cause. They desire nothing less than to fend off the undead and destroy the curse. They are failing thus far, however, and their membership dwindles.
The Crusade of Tears was undertaken by the Priests of Marr and the Knights of Truth much later in an attempt to lift Erollisi’s curse from the Hills of Shade. The majority of the Order embarked upon this endeavor, leaving only a skeletal force of Knights in Freeport to fend off the maurading Orcs and bandits. A promising young Paladin, (Lucan D’Lere), was left in charge. He organized the remaining garrison, and hired mercenaries to form the Freeport Militia, and really effectively defended the city. However, his taste for power apparently awakened some dark desires within him, and—well, you know the rest of that story.
Tearfall was originally established by the Sisterhood after the Crusade of Tears, and was originally for female Elvish converts to Erollisi Marr. It was later expanded to include any female worshiper of Erollisi. The fact that Shirrana was raised at Tearfall, and that she is still in her twenties, indicates that The Sister’s Isle survived the Rending and the Shattering, and remains within the old Ocean of Tears waiting to be re-discovered.