Adar, a Riedran word that translates to “refuge,” hides deep
in the southeast portion of the continent. Long before
the Inspired ever appeared on Sarlona, the mountains
of Adar were a place where the innocent could flee from
persecution—provided that they could survive the perilous
climb to reach the fertile valleys hidden within. Ancient
legends speak of a clan of blue dragons that dwells within
the clouds clinging to the tallest peaks, the highest of which is Korrandar. These guardians
are supposed to protect the innocent and punish those who
would abuse the sacred sanctuary of the mountain, sending
bolts of lightning down from the clouds to slay transgressors.
If these dragons do indeed exist, they keep their
distance from the humanoid inhabitants of the mountain.
But it is easy to look up into the eternal storm clouds and
imagine catching a glimpse of a draconic shadow darting
through the air.
For thousands of years, Adar had a small population of spiritual hermits and exiles from the lowland kingdoms of Sarlona. Then the kalashtar came to Sarlona. The Inspired came close on their heels, seeking to finally eradicate these rebellious quori. As the power of the Inspired spread across Sarlona, the kalashtar were driven into hiding. Ultimately they fled into the mountains, along with many others who had unsuccessfully challenged the might of the Inspired. For over a thousand years the Inspired have laid siege to the great mountains. But the combination of Adar’s natural fortifications, deadly storms (of draconic origin or not), and the psychic and martial discipline of its defenders have held against all attacks.
Today, Adar is a place of mystery. While the Inspired have never broken its defenses, the siege of the mountains continues. Tales abound of golden temples and beautiful hidden valleys, and of ancient kalashtar psions and libraries of arcane lore forbidden by the Inspired, but finding a path into the mountain sanctuary is the only way to confirm the stories.
Adar has no contact with the outside world, and therefore does not trade with any other nations. However, the kalashtar preceptors of the Path of Light are among the finest instructors of the psionic arts in Eberron. Adventurers who wish to unlock the powers of the mind or sages who wish to learn more about psychic secrets may brave the many dangers of Sarlona to reach the hidden monasteries of Adar.
Adar is only a nation in the loosest sense of the word. A handful of monastic fortresses are scattered throughout the mountain range. There is little contact between these hidden temples; the monks and psions of each community spend their days in contemplation and meditation, and they have little reason to make contact with the others in the mountain.
Each fortress is responsible for defending one of the mountain passes against the forces of Riedra and the Inspired. Nonthreatening visitors are tested to ensure the purity of their intentions; after a few deceptively simple questions, travelers either are turned away or made welcome, offered food and shelter, and invited to join in discussions with the students. Agents of the Inspired or The Dreaming Dark are struck down without mercy; others who come with impure intentions are denied shelter and sent back into the harsh mountain passes.
There are eight monastic fortresses in Adar, each carved directly into the mountain. There is rarely any conflict between these fortresses. None of the other organizations described in this book have gained any sort of foothold in the distant mountains of Adar.
Most of the inhabitants of Adar follow the teachings of the kalashtar, but some follow other paths. When the Inspired conquered Sarlona, they purged society of all forms of arcane magic. The Keepers of the Word are the descendants of the wizards and sorcerers of ancient Sarlona, who have preserved the mystical traditions of their ancestors for over a thousand years. While they are concentrated in Kasshta Keep, they can be found in all the fortresses of Adar. In this way, the Keepers ensure that a single attack cannot destroy their traditions. The Keepers of the Word respect the beliefs and traditions of the Path of Light, but they are devoted to arcane magic and spend their days continuing to develop their magical skills.