Solamnia is a human nation in northwestern Ansalon. Solamnia has just about every geographical feature: fertile plains, three mountain ranges (the Vingaard Mountains, Dargaard Mountains and the Garnet Mountains), the longest river, the Vingaard River, and the Northern Wastes. Not a perfectly flat land, has ridges, gullies, dry creek beds, small stands of trees, mostly a grassy steppe land. People from Solamnia are referred to as being Solamnic or Solamnian and they speak Solamnic or some of the Knights speak Old Solamnic. Slavery is outlawed in Solamnia, and if you are caught having slaves, the punishment is very severe. Solamnia’s chief exports are grain and cattle.
The provinces that make up Solamnia are Coastlund in the west, Palanthas east of that, Hinterlund on the border with Nightlund, Plains of Solamnia also on the border with Nightlund, Elkholm and Heartlund south of Plains of Solamnia, and Southlund southwest of Heartlund. In Southlund, in the area are Caergoth, the area is known for very violent thunderstorms. From Coastlund in the west, to Hinterlund in the east, live a variety of people—mostly humans, but small bands of ogres and draconians are far too common. Originally located in the center of the Ansalonian continent, Solamnia is now very much a sea-going state because the Cataclysm dumped three oceans around its borders.
Solamnia was rescued more than founded by Vinas Solamnus during the Rose Rebellion in the years 1799 PC – 1791 PC. When the provinces rebelled against the Empire of Ergoth for excessive taxation and other crimes against them, the Emperor dispatch Vinas to squash any resistance and to hang everyone involved, even some not involved. Vinas finally came to the end of his campaign when he laid siege to Vingaard Keep. After a few days of the siege, the commander of the rebels, a Antonias Leprus, invited Vinas in to listen to their crimes against Ergoth. After doing so, Antonias had his servant slit his throat. Vinas asked his generals who wanted to join with the rebellion, and most did. After a few more years of the Rose Rebellion, Solamnia had its freedom. The lands of Solamnia bordered Hylo, Empire of Ergoth, and Qualinesti in the west, Kharolis in the south, and Silvanesti and Taman Busuk in the east.
In the year 1775 PC, Vinas Solamnus created the Knights of Solamnia so that honorable warriors would come to guard not only Solamnia, but all of Ansalon. With the Knights help, Vinas created the city of Palanthas in 1773 PC and had the High Clerist’s Tower built in 1772 PC in the only strategic pass leading to Palanthas.
From the time of the Knights of Solamnia had been established, they quickly grew into an unrivaled power on Ansalon. The prosperity of Solamnia has become only second on Ansalon to Istar in the east. This would all come to a quick end though.
In the year 1060 PC, the Third Dragon War came upon Solamnia. Takhisis decided to attack the powerful human nation first. The human lines of the Knights of Solamnia were quickly overrun until they had reached the gates of Vingaard Keep where a final battle was to take place between the Knights of Solamnia and Takhisis’s evil forces. If not for a young Knight of the Crown named Huma Dragonbane, all would have been lost for Solamnia and quite likely the rest of Ansalon. He was able to acquire a dragonlance of myth and to stab Takhisis with it, making her promise to leave forever from Krynn. She agrees and Solamnia is free from her evil forces, but at the cost of Huma’s life.
When Istaran trade began to reach the its highest levels ever with Solamnia in 490 PC, raids began to come from the Estwilde. Istar convinced Solamnia to attack and destroy the raiders, which Solamnia did, then to re-sign the Swordsheath Scroll in 476 PC. Then almost 100 years later in 280 PC, Solamnia approved of the new title of Kingpriest in Istar and the promotion of good they felt he would bring to Ansalon.
Just before the Cataclysm struck Solamnia, huge dust storms whipped through the plainsland in warning of what is to come. When the Cataclysm finally struck Ansalon, the lands of Solamnia suffered greatly.
Along the northern coast of Solamnia, new seas rose up and surged inland. New Sea sprung up in the middle of Ansalon, effectively cutting Solamnia’s southern fiefs and drowning the central regions under the new body of water. Present-day Solamnia is bordered by the Turbidus Ocean to the north and west, New Sea, Kayolin, and Lemish to the south, and Estwilde and Throtl to the east.
In the years following the Cataclysm, the commoners of Solamnia blamed the Knights of Solamnia for the disaster. Some Knights went into hiding, while others threw down their sword and armor to leave the Knighthood forever. These have been dark times for Solamnia and the Knighthood. In the year 334 AC, peasants led by Ragnell revolted against the nation, leading to the destruction of some major castles and death to a few prominent Solamnic families.
Despite this, the nation remains large, wealthy, and powerful. Though the power and prestige of the knights stands much diminished, the order yet remains – extremely defensive, conservative, and resistant to any changes that could further erode what remains of their honor.