Elsareth
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(population: 28,000) Also known as the "City of the Gods," the "City of Knowledge," and the "City of Spiritual Harmony," Elsareth is the capitol of the Theocracy of Derianor.


The city is located on the western shores of the Iron Sea, and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its deep religious and spiritual traditions. This city is best known for its arts and culture and as the home of the Academë; the ancient Ravinian University of Magic, now an equally famous monastery.

As a result, Elsareth is home to many wealthy sages, wizards, merchants and artisans, and many incredible spiritual, religious and magical trinkets can be found at its dozens of bazaars and shops. The most noteworthy of these shops is the infamous ‘Sorcerer’s Sigil,' which boasts a collection of magical weapons, potions, and scrolls found nowhere else on Corwyn.

Off the main city square is Elsareth's most famous landmark: the famous Avenue of the Deities. Around this grand plaza lie twenty enormous temples dedicated to the Lawful Gods of Corwyn. The city is guarded by a group of priests and fighters known simply as the ‘Watch.’ On a great hill overlooking the city is the ancient Anfala Palace, once the summer retreat of Empress Ravinia, and now the home to the ruling council of priests that govern the Theocracy of Derianor.

In addition to its other roles, Elsareth is an crucial northern seaport on the Iron Sea; at any given time as many as 200 vessels from Alarë, Cyrenica, Krylnath, Natharos, Pike's Ferry, Rastios, Tharnia, and Wyn Falas are moored in its sprawling harbor.

For those who do not arrive via ship, Elsareth is accessible via the Academë Road running southeast to Berevrom's Keep and the High Road leading northeast to the city of Donareth.

HISTORY


In ancient times, this city was called Amhorst, and was settled by early tribes of Vaas traders. In the Third Age, the Cynaran peoples of Urland set sail from the Isle of Cynara and landed along both the Frozen Coast and the northern reaches of the Jagged Coast. The Cynarans soon conquered the entire region, including the Amhorst settlment. Under Cynaran rule, the small settlement soon grew into a thriving city.

In the late Third Age, When the Kingdom of Urland was conquered by Ilnavel Cyrenäe and his Iskari pilgrims from Iskandar, Amhorst fell into disarray, and for a while, became an independent settlement once again. Eventually, new Vaas tribes moved into the area, conquered the city. Soon after, it became the capitol of a new Vaas kingdom called Harloch. Harloch was founded by Queen Elsareth Van Arden; the so-called "Queen of the Highlands," and the small city was soon re-named in her honor.

Eventually, the kingdom of Harloch collapsed due to infighting and constant raids from Wildfolk tribes coming out of Kor's Twins. After the kingdom fell, the city and surrounding territory were ungoverned for many years until taken over by the Freehold of Dorada late in the Fourth Age.

In the early Fifth Age, Dorada became an imperial province in the Ravinian Empire, and Elsareth became a spiritual center for worshipers of many faiths. It was during the Ravinian period that Elsareth's most famous landmarks; the temples of the Avenue of the Deities, the Academë and the Anfala Palace were all constructed.

After the Ravinian Empire collapsed at the end of the Fifth Age, the city became the capitol of the newly-established theocracy of Derianor.