Westmere is an island in the Bay of the Moon. It’s the ancestral home of the halflings, most of whom were enslaved and forced off of the island over the years, and also the site of the elvish city of Illuriel, founded during the Second Elvish Empire. Most of the island consists of gently rolling meadows and forests. It’s soil is tremendously fertile, and it exports grain to many parts of the empire. Aside from the occasional ankheg infestation, the small island is peaceful, guarded by both the elvish navy and a strong military presence on the island as well.
The earliest known inhabitants of the island of Westmere are the halflings, who seem to have originated on the island. Before the arrival of the elves the halfings had no writing system with which to keep recrods, but it is known that their society was peaceful and primarily agricultural. As sailing technology developed on the Vanadian mainland, halflings quickly came into contact with the other races, and welcomed them happily as trading partners, exporting crafts and agricultural products in exchange for the more technologically advanced elven goods. Eventually the city of Illuriel was established by the empire as a trading post.
As the Second Empire began to fall into decline, the elves looked to Westmere as a source of both goods and labor. Much of the native halfling population was enslaved and shipped overseas to replace the manpower that was lost as more and more of their citizens were conscripted into military service. Since then, the few halflings that were left on the island were steadily crowded out by human and elven settlers, moving their for its mild climate and fertile soil. Most of the population now is human, with elves living in the city, though a small, stubborn halfling population remains, trying to scrape out a living.