Donareth (Stonebridge)
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(population: 19,000) Donareth is a small city in northern Derianor that was once the capitol of the ancient Freehold of Dorada.


Adleroth Penrose first founded the city after he fled the Realm of Adar because of the rising evil there. Even today, the House of Penrose still wields much influence here.

This unique river port lies on the border with the Wildlands; the city is built upon both banks of the Vryne River, and a great stone span that cross the water called Stonebridge. The city is essentially three parts; "Eastshore," "Westshore," and "Stonebridge." Both sections on shore are protected by high stone walls and massive iron gates.

Today, there is much river traffic, but little trade between the cultured artisans of Derianor and the barbaric Wildfolk. Unlike other cities in the Highlands, Donareth has high stone walls and strong Iron Gates on both sides. These fortifications are a reminder of the hostile neighboring barbarian tribes that dwell across the river to the east.

Donareth is accessible via the High Road, running west to Elsareth and east across Wayfair Bridge to HÞertgen.

HISTORY


The city of Donareth was originally a small settlement of ethnic Vaas peoples called "Stonebridge;" located on the west banks of the Vryne River. This settlement was conquered in the late Third Age by Cynaran warriors sent by the expanding kingdom of Urland.

Adleroth Penrose settled at this location, after being expelled from the Kingdom of Adar. Soon, the small settlement grew into a small city, and became the capitol of the Freehold of Dorada. Over the years, the Freehold grew wealthy as a safe haven from the Ravagers and other marauding barbarian tribes. Since its walls could not be breached, the city became an import center for trade on the busy Vryne River.

Eventually, the city of Elsareth fell, along with the kingdom of Harloch, and the Freehold moved its capitol there, and Donareth became secondary.