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Default Andor's prior Grassland nations: Aldeshar, Caembarin

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I've always thought of the Black hills in conjunction with the Caralain Grass and Almoth Plain - places that were once great and are now desolate. In places like those, you never know what you'll find...
Parts of the Caralain Grass once were within the post-Trolloc nations which now partially make-up Andor currently....



Two of the seven former nations which Andor was created out of, controlled a good size chunk of that Grasslands years and years ago. Those two nations Aldeshar and Caembarin.

Aldeshar (red color)
Caembarin (blueish purple color)
Fasashelle (yellow color)
Nerevan (light blue or aqua type color)
Esandara (light green color)
Shandalle (orange color)
Khodomar (bright light purple color)


Andor's current borders at the start of the series are expressed, by the texture of bricks applied. While a texture of "solid color" alone, means that those lands have been abandoned in the current age and claimed by no one actively.


The sheer size of the unclaimed Caembarin, Aldeshar lands is quite surprising even to me, after all these years of following and reading this series. Only after applying the land borders of all thirty the post-Trolloc war nations to the more current 3rd Age Westlands maps, was I really able to grasp the large changes. Let alone wonder about the so-called thrown together nation of Murandy versus say Andor and Cairhien. Murandy contains only parts two prior nations, while Andor contains parts seven prior nations and Cairhien contains parts of five former nations within these current borders.


For future storyline purposes, notice that the current nations of Andor and Murandy each contain part of the prior nations of Aldeshar and Nerevan. There's a good reason why Murandy and Andor have fought for ages, each was birthed from common origins, the nation of Aldeshar & Nerevan, and fought over the spoils of lands & profits.




Many of the important cities of the Westlands are near prior multinational borders:

The city of Cairhien was near the borders corners of former four nations: Shandalle, Ileande, Tova, and even the city-nation of Tar Valon to its northeast-northwest.

The city of Aringil once was part of Khodomar, and was near the borders of Caembarin, Shandalle, Esandara, Tova. Besides being a major river port town location.

The small city of Four Kings is at the intersect of three old nations literally: Aldeshar, Caembarin, and Nerevan.



Sidenote: that I did outline Shiota's boundaries as well, in a flat purple color, to the south from Farashelle (west) to Esandara (east).
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