The Skies of Velaris
The Principality of Alnoc is a large country known for its strength in industry and trade. Alnoc is uniquely situated in its orbit around the Great Sea, positioned within a jet stream that carries a large amount of moisture. As a result, the island is almost constantly moving through cloud cover. Alnocian engineers constructed harvesters to capture the moisture in the clouds, which was then harnessed to power factories and machines for industrial use. With such plentiful energy available to them, Alnocian manufacturers thrived. They are known for their durable airships, primarily of half-elvish make, that are built to withstand heavy exposure to the elements like that seen in The Watery Isle (a nickname for Alnoc). In addition, Alnocian stonework is also renowned for its ability to resist erosion. While its goods may be of high quality, however, Alnoc often has trouble importing goods from other countries, as many shippers are wary of the potential damages that could arise to their vessels due to the low visibility surrounding the island. Thus, there is a fairly large disparity between Alnoc’s rich and its poor, with industry leaders keeping much of the money, leaving the burden of keeping the country supplied with resources to rest on the shoulders of a large lower class. Alnoc largely compensates for this disparity with a cultural icon of the reified worker.