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Map of the principal areas where Pillars of Eternity take place, roughly the size of Spain.

Eora is the common name of the world on which Pillars of Eternity is set.[1] It consists of various continents and islands, including the Eastern Reach region in which the events of Pillars of Eternity take place.[2] Eora's known history extends back as far as 12,000 years and is home to a multitude of races, ethnicities and creatures that populate it.

Moons and Tides[edit | edit source]

There are two moons above Eora, but most people think there is only one moon, Senn Beläfa (or Ondran Beläfa, "Ondra's Beloved", but most people just call it "Beläfa"). It is smaller than Earth's moon but closer to the planet and has a faster orbit. Though uneducated people are unaware of it, there is also a second moon called Cawldha Debh (Glanfathan for "Black Runner"), that has a very fast and irregular orbit. Tides in some coastal areas are more extreme than on Earth.[3]

Eastern Reach[edit | edit source]

The Eastern Reach is a region in the southern hemisphere, named so by Aedyran colonists. It is the part of Eora in which Pillars of Eternity take place, an area maybe a little smaller than real-world Spain. The local cultures are roughly based on 16th century medieval technology levels, where magic and power is determined by the quality of a person's soul. Most common folk live in rural areas and survive through subsistence agriculture and related activities (e.g. wool production).

Notable Locations
  • Free Palatinate of Dyrwood – an independent nation, former Aedyr Empire colony. A heavily forested, coastal region. Full of once-Aedyran humans and elves. Hardworking, surly Dyrwoodan pioneers in the country, animancers in the city.
    • Defiance Bay – capital and largest city of the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood. Located on the west coast, the port city is gateway to the riches of Eír Glanfath.
    • Dyrford Village – small isolated town in the dyrwood on the bank of the Bael River.
    • Gilded Vale – town northwest of Defiance Bay.
    • Caed Nua – A Stronghold above the Endless Paths of Od Nua.
    • New Heomar – a port city in the northern part of the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood.
    • Godhammer Citadel – north of this location St. Waidwen was apparently destroyed by a massive bomb. After this event the citadel was renamed from Halgot Citadel to Godhammer Citadel.
  • Vailian Republics – a group of allied city states, former Vailian colonies, who mostly wield economic power, chief among them are the five "grand" republics (Ancenze, Ozia, Revua, Selona and Spirento). Mostly humans and dwarves. A coastal region located southeast of the Dyrwood and south of Eir Glanfath, past a mountain range.
  • White March – Mountain range northeast of Eír Glanfath.
    • Durgan's Battery – abandoned dwarven fortification high in the White March that had a large number of siege engines in it.
    • Stalwart – small village near Durgan's Battery
  • The Pearl Coast – dwarven shoreline cities along the southwest of Eir Glanfath, that were destroyed by pirates and native tribes.

Other parts of the known world[edit | edit source]

  • Aedyr Empire – located on the equator, thousands of miles across an ocean west of its former colonies in the Eastern Reach (Dyrwood and Readceras)[6] Overwhelmingly human and elven population.
  • Deadfire Archipelago– a wide archipelago of small volcanic island nations, that is located far to the south of the Eastern Reach.[4]
  • Ixamitl Plains – Northeast of Eir Glanfath, the Ixamitl Plains are large expanses of fertile savannas. Mostly occupied by humans and orlans, though the orlans have a bad history with the humans.[4]
  • Rauatai Gulf – a gulf to the north of Ixamitl Plains which is the trade center for several nations of aumaua, orlans, and dwarves. The land is rich with resources, but hotly contested. The whole region is also relentlessly pummeled by storms for half the year.[4]
    • Rauatai – Aumaua dominated culture that has the most powerful navy in the gulf.
  • The Living Lands – A frontier island area in the far north, a land of wild weather, strange beasts, and hundreds of difficult to reach valleys containing oddities never before seen by mortals. The racial mix in the area is extremely diverse but not necessarily harmonious. Dwarves, propelled by their desire to explore, are very common here, even among the mix.[4]
  • The White that Wends – A huge southern expanse of polar ice occupied only by pale elves, some boreal dwarves, and a few really brave individuals from other lands. It is considered mythic—or at least inhospitable—by most people from other areas. Virtually no plant life grows in the White, but somehow its residents manage to survive from year to year.[4]
  • Old Vailia – Once the crown jewel of the southern seas, the crumbling island nations of Old Vailia sit thousands of miles to the southwest of their offshoot, the Vailian Republics. Humans and dwarves are common.[4]

Known Factions[edit | edit source]

Paladin Orders[edit | edit source]

  • Bleak Walkers – A paladin order of soldiers dedicated to conducting warfare mercilessly and with extreme brutality in order to bring a swift end to conflicts. Known for their unyielding, terrible nature, most nobles will only call on them as a last resort.[1]
  • Darcozzi PaladiniPaladin order of legendary elite guards of Darcozzi Palace in the Grand Empire of Vailia. They set standards for selfless dedication, unwavering loyalty, and inspiring leadership that have become the pillars for similar orders that have sprung up in this part of the world in the two millennia since they were founded.[7][8]
  • Fellows of St. Waidwen Martyr – Religious paladin order that defends the godhammer pilgrim path for their god Eothas.[9]
  • Frermàs mes Canc SuoliasVailian political paladin order. The translation of the name is Brotherhood of the Five Suns.[9]
  • Goldpact Knights – Paladin order that is devoted to a rigid way of living/working/existing(essentially mercenary paladins). They are believers in the idea that payment/gold is a solemn bond that must be upheld at all costs. They are the most "professional" and least morally-concerned paladin order players can select.[9][10]
  • Kind Wayfarers – A paladin order of Knights-errant who assist troubled travelers and celebrate love, condemning deception and malice evenwhen dealing with their enemies. The Kind Wayfarers are a diverse group of people and can be found all over the known world.[1]
  • The Steel Garrote – A paladin order that serves Woedica.
  • The Shieldbearers of St. Elcga – A paladin order of Aedyran holy warriors who emphasize kindness and diplomacy over cruelty and aggression. The Shieldbearers were founded in honor of an elven noble who helped unite the Aedyr and Kulklin kingdoms after a long war.[1]

Other Factions[edit | edit source]

Factions for Fun[edit | edit source]

  • Obsidian Order – one of many fourth-wall-breakers present in game, Obsidian order is a secret game faction composed of the real-world Kickstarter backers who pledged extra $8 during campaign.

Currency[edit | edit source]

There are various currencies used in the world of Eora. They have different values and are used in different cultures, some of them more common and less valuable than others.

Main article: Currency

Unique Natural Phenomenona[edit | edit source]

There are some natural phenomena that are unique to Eora and don't happen on the real earth, because the phenomenon is created by magic or different celestial bodies. Known unique phenomena:

  • Biamhac – spirit winds that rise up in cursed ruins, shearing souls away from the bodies of their owners. They appear suddenly and without warning, leaving victims little hope of escape.[14]
  • Lover's Tide – When circumstances are right, the two moons Beläfa and the Cawldha Dev create what the Glanfathans call Lovers' Tides, which are catastrophically destructive tides. It happens every few hundred years and Glanfathans are able to predict a Lovers' Tide.[3][15]

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