Early settlement Edit
Aluinnia, Westmont and Paskland used to be covered by a massive glacier, making it impossible for humans to settle in the area. Somewhere around 9000 to 11000 years ago, the last ice that remained from this glacier melted away. The earliest evidence of human settlement can be traced back to this period in time.
The oldest know settlements were located near the Great Lake and on the banks of the Sarre river, near the town of Saint-May, in northern Aluinnia. Various stone artifacts, like cutting tools, were found in these areas.
Similar stone artifacts, along with bone arrowheads and spearheads, have been found on the islands. However, it is believed that there were no humans living on Halin and Zelin this early in time. The artifacts probably just washed ashore.
The kinds of findings indicate that the settlers where living in hunting and fishing communities. As the town of Saint-May used to be named Dinah, the early settlers are often referred to as the Dinish.
The transformation Edit
The Dinish mainly focused on survival, they lived day by day, until almost 2500 years ago. The settlers, if you could still call them that, made a slow transition from hunting and fishing to farming. It became the core of their culture. The population grew, as there was now plenty of food, and different clans formed.
Along with the growing population, the tension between the people grew. They did not know how to live together in large communities as they had no examples to go by. As more areas of the territory became occupied, each clan was looking for their own pieces of land. Many fights between the clans followed. The islanders joined in as well, they were looking for new resources. These fights let to the Great Affray.
It is not known how long the islands have been populated. It is believed that their attack during the Great Affray was the first time in history they set foot on the mainland. The islanders were strong but their lifestyle was less developed. When the islanders attacked, a few clans living at the shores of the mainland got together and studied their ships. They improved the ships' structures and turned to the ocean themselves.
The clans managed the claim Halin as theirs, but the Zelins were stronger and remained independent.
When the war ended, which was about 150 years ago, the three strongest clans stepped forward. They wanted to live in peace, and decided to divide the territory in three countries: Aluinnia, Westmont and Paskland. Ever since the division the relations between the countries have been relatively peaceful.
One of the clans that stepped forward was Faroe. On their turn, they divided the new founded country in eleven provinces. Each province became the home to one or more clans. Zelin is the unofficial twelfth province. The biggest province now belongs to the Faroe.
Halin was colonized exactly fifty years before the end of the Great Affray. The Harriers, the first clan that set foot on Halin, build a colony in Brine's Deep. The islanders were considered scum, and they are still treated badly today. At the end of the Great Affray, when the area was divided into three countries, Halin was integrated in Aluinnia.