Ilnavar (Karthis)
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(population: 33,000) Ilnavar is the second largest city of Elyria, and was once a major city of the ancient realm of Erindar.


Ilnavar is located on the southeastern border of the kingdom along the western banks of the Eldir Vaas River, south of the Golden Hills, and north of the Purple Mountains. Only the oldest part of this city is walled; its ancient fortifications hearkening back to a time of the wars between the Iskari and the Vaas.

Today, the city is primarily an agricultural and mercantile trading center, and earns much of its wealth from the river trade along the Eldir Vaas. Inside the city is the large fortress of Castle Ilnavar. The city of Ilnavar is accessible via the Axeway, which connects it to the capitol city of Rilsavar to the northwest and to Castle Celadon to the southeast.

The city is currently governed by Duke Loris Caswell.

HISTORY


In the distant years of the Fourth Age, Ilnavar was a very different city. In fact, it even had a different name; "Karthis." The ancient city-state of Karthis was a Vaas stronghold that controlled much of what is today, the Kingdom of Elyria. After the establishment of the Kingdom of Cyrendar on Westvale Island; the Iskari began to cross the Iron Sea and raid coastal settlements. These raids escalated into the Karthic Wars; of a series of conflicts fought between the City of Karthis and Cyrendar. Eventually, under King Ilnavel Cyrenäe IV, the Iskari landed an army on mainland Corwyn, marched east and captured the city in the year 597/4, after a long siege.

At that time, Karthis was re-named "Ilnavar," after King Ilnavel; the famous king who escaped the "Doom," conquered Urland, and established Cyrendar. For nearly two centuries, the Iskari held the city, until a series of Vaas counter-attacks forced them to withdraw back across the Iron Sea to their island kingdom. However, the Iskari influence, and the name, stuck. Afterward, the city remained an ethnic mixture of both cultures and remains so even today.