Elba is the humid, subtropical kingdom on the Southwestern tip of Dropa. With the fall of the Kazak Empire a power vacuum was left in the land of Elba. For centuries local warchiefs ruled small cities-states until Hisma the Unkind united the Elban states against a Kazak invasion to retake Elba. With his vast popularity among the denizens of Elba Hisma declared himself king. The warchief that followed him were given governances over states within Elba; those that resisted his kingship were crushed without mercy. The descendants of Hisma and his governor continue to rule to this day.
Elba’s position in Illa sets it as a main passageway for trade. Because of this advantage Elba is a very rich country despite its sparse population. The location has also had the effect of giving Elbans a unique perspective on the world. Elba is very forward thinking in its property and inheritance laws with women standing on equal footing as men. Another effect of its location in the shipping routes is that there are a diversity of races and language that populate Elba with new and varied persons on each ship. And with these people come new ideas, information, and stories.
A local tradition grew around this inflow of stories eventually leading to a bardic college being established in the South Elban capital of Falstaff. Here bards from around the world come to train and learn under masters of ancient traditions and musical geniuses. Within the college is also one of the largest libraries of cultural traditions from around the world. With all of this knowledge and expression many consider Elba to be the cultural capital of The Narrows and The Central Sea (and perhaps even all of Illa).