Eldarand
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(population: 58,000) Eldarand is the capitol city of Eldara; located along the Storm Coast of the Sea of Ralas.


As befits the largest city in Eldara, the city of Eldarand sprawls along both sides of the narrow Azimar River, which flows north into Dagger Bay.

Because of its proximity to Eldara's northern border with Melinarë, the city has a large elven population dwelling within its narrow, winding streets.

Many of the city structures are built from either stone or clay, because historically, Thannish builders feared cutting down trees from the nearby Melinar Forest.

Because of its long history of conflict with the neighboring Vilzari, Eldarand is well protected with high walls, topped with many battlements.

These protections have proved necessary many times, as the city has been besieged on eight different occasions.

In its entire history, the city has only fallen to the Vilzari once, over the last three thousand years.

The impregnable fortress of the Castle Ironfist; the royal seat of Eldara’s monarchy, lies on a rocky plateau within Eldarand's central district. Its garrison of 2,000 Eldaran soldiers serve to keep order within the city and to defend it against attack.

Despite its size, Eldarand is not a great seaport; although there are usually well over a hundred ships in its harbor at any given time.

The majority of the city's trade comes in via the Eldara Road which connects it to the city of Dhäelhar to the north, or via the Rin Falar Road, which leads south to the Eldaran city of the same name.

Today; the capitol city of Eldarand is governed by Duke Lukan Whitehall.

HISTORY


Ages ago, the city of Eldarand was called "Azimar;" and served as the capitol of an ancient Thannish nation called the Principality of Azimar. After a long campaign, the Principality was defeated by Valden the Conqueror and the city was absorbed into his newly formed kingdom of Valdor.

Because of its strategic location, Valden's son Eldan later chose the city as his new capitol. When Eldan named his new Kingdom "Eldara," he also renamed his new citadel; "Eldarand."

Legend has it; King Eldan wanted to distance himself from his father's legacy and its foundation in the historic Eldaran city of Kingsport.