Cyrenica (Karstad)

(population: 42,000) Located on the southern coast of the Isle of Cynara, Cyrenica is Iskandar's third largest city and the former capital of the Cynaran kingdom of Urland.

Unlike other Iskandari cities, Cyrenica has a mixture of Iskari and Cynarans. Despite past hostilities, the population gets along well together and has lived in harmony for centuries.

This bustling seaport is a vital center of trade in northern Corwyn. Its sprawling harbor contains ships from neighboring ports such as Atharavon, Elsareth, Herronford, Natharos, Pike's Ferry, Swanford, Tharnia, and Wyn Falas.

Today, Cyrenica is governed by Duke Algrim Pentathar, who rules from Castle Pentathar, located on a massive hill overlooking the city


Local History

Back in the Third Age, The present-day city of Cyrenica was called "Karstad," and was the capital of the thriving Cynaran kingdom of Urland. But, during the Forty Years War; Karstad was conquered by Iskari colonists from Ikharos.

After the disastrous Battle of Swanford, Karstad came under the stern rule of King Ilnavel Cyrenäe, who asserted his new ruler-ship by ordering the city re-named "Cyrenica."

Afterward, the city became part of the larger kingdom of Iskandar. But the Cynaran natives of this city and the island on which it was located never forgot this defeat, and those same natives of would once again rise up to fight for independence in the Iskari Civil War.

When the Iskari Civil War broke out in the Fourth Age, The city of Cyrenica was ruled by Teraxas Strongfist, who, along with the Dukes of Rhoyden and Vharia, rebelled against the throne in the year 1068/4.

After the war's end, the ruling House of Strongfist was destroyed and the Duchy of Cynara was broken into three smaller duchies; Cynara, Deroshar, & Silverdeep. Duke Teraxas was himself captured and executed at the end of the war; whereas both his sons were slain in battle.