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Khorvaire is the primary continent of the world of Eberron. It is found in Eberron’s northern hemisphere. It is bounded by the Bitter Sea to the north, the Lhazaar Sea to the east, the Barren Sea to the west and the Thunder Sea to the south. The landscape of Khorvaire varies greatly, from wastelands and forbidding mountains in the north to deserts and jungles in the south, with everything in between. The continent’s largest cities are melting pots of many different species and cultures
In ages long past, the entirety of Khorvaire was ruled by goblinoids. However, these goblinoid empires were already in ruin when humans first arrived, nearly 3,000 years ago. Humans quickly settled the area that became known as the Five Nations: Aundair, Breland, Cyre, Karrnath, and Thrane. As dragonmarks began to appear and the dragonmarked houses began to grow in power, humankind was also spreading out and interacting with the other races it encountered. Humans traded and often partnered with the dwarves, gnomes, and halflings they encountered. Humanity also came into conflict with the goblinoids and other monstrous races. Elves migrated from Aerenal, seeking a new way of life on Khorvaire, and soon allied with the other humanoid races. As exploration continued and other portions of Khorvaire were settled, the Five Nations united to become the Kingdom of Galifar.
During the nearly 900-year reign of Galifar’s kings and queens, human-settled lands continued to expand and the powerful dragonmarked houses were set firmly in place. The wondrous Korranberg Library and Sharn, the City of Towers, were established and grew in reputation. The Kingdom of Galifar stretched from the Barren Sea to the Lhazaar Sea, covering every mile of the continent, though the government was only able to maintain reliable control of the central region. The closer one traveled toward the outer edges of the continent, the more undeveloped and uncivilized the land, and its inhabitants, became.
The continent enjoyed an unprecedented period of prosperity that lasted until King Jarot, the last King of Galifar, died in 894 YK. With his death, the Kingdom of Galifar collapsed in civil war as the scions of Jarot battled each other for control of the eroding kingdom. This terrible conflict lasted for over a century and would come to be known as the Last War. When it finally came to an end at the signing of the Treaty of Thronehold, twelve nations stood where there once was one glorious kingdom: Aundair, Breland, Darguun, the Eldeen Reaches, Karrnath, the Lhazaar Principalities, the Mror Holds, Q’barra, the Talenta Plains, Thrane, Valenar, and Zilargo. While not formally recognized as nations, other regions formed during the war include Droaam, the Shadow Marches, the Demon Wastes, and the Mournland. These various nations and regions make up the current-day continent of Khorvaire.