For the first four-hundred years of its existence, Carol Stream served as the center of Passasian social life. When civil war struck in the late 2990s, the affluence of the city faded as the wealth of the rich succumbed to inflation. By 3184 ASC, when the Confederacy of Gralus annexed Passas, Carol Stream was largely abandoned and left to ruin. The city would not be reestablished until 3963 ASC, when the Kingdom of Hamland breathed life into Passasian society. The city temporarily enjoyed the status of capital of Passas, when, in 4870 ASC, King Lucien I unified the cities after centuries of war
Today, Carol Stream’s economy is primarily sustained by its lumber mills, though the city and its surrounding villages are also home to many artists, authors, and scientists. Despite a long history of economic hardship, Carol Stream serves as the home of one of the nation’s wealthiest companies, Carol Timber, who, along with Passian Wells, is the largest employer in the region. As one of the wealthiest cities in Hamland, Carol Stream is considered by some to be the true capital of the nation’s Pines District.
In many ways, Carol Stream is almost a country in and of itself. Whereas in most parts of the country the races of men and nymph are heavily segregated, in Carol Stream the two races live side by side in all walks of life, from small children who attend the same schools to elder statesmen who represent the province in the City Council. In addition to the unique regional dialect which has developed here, this high degree of integration has resulted in several interesting outcomes. For one, the Passasian War League has no presence here, nor does Bay of Bel Air. Instead of utilizing these megaliths of the Passasian economy, Carol Stream maintains its own police force, and its own market places. That said, residents of Carol Stream are generally wary of visitors from other provinces and countries. Population (760 WG): 611,243