Alteria is the capital city of Dennholm, but its history stretches back much farther than that. Alteria was the capitol of the first great human civilization on Galidia, a grand empire encompassing the whole southern continent, with ruins found everywhere from the Lakelands to Bottlenose Bay. The Dwarves, Elves, and Northern peoples of Galidia remember the Alterians for their extraordinary structures, their powerful Wyrm-magics, and the size and organization of their powerful army. Their civilization came to an end 1000 years ago, when the Mountain of Cinders exploded from the earth, shattering the land and plunging the world into darkness and chill. The descendants of the Alterians live on in Bordaigne, which draws much of its culture, language, and heritage from the once-great empire. King Tyradan, who unified Dennholm and Bordaigne and established the new calendar, moved the capital to the ancient city to formally begin a new era for his kingdom. Alteria today is a bustling metropolis built around, within, and sometimes even on top of the impressive ruins of the ancient city.