Valley of the Ancients
A note on the major city states in the valley of the ancients; Calimpor- known to many as the city of wonders, calimor is the largest and probably the most economical of all the cities in the region. It is also the oldest city in the valley and as such is often scene as a neutral place for various rulers to meet. The current ruler is the fat human merchant prince Pak Itab. Kasian- known as the ladies city, or the twin city Kasian is the sister city to Calimor and as such built in a similar fashion. Its streets are full of streams as the water is used to power all of the lifts and other various resources in the city. What Kasian is famous and feared for is its military, known as the ladies. The leader of Kasian is Lady Jezzine Tresvin- “we can make your problems disappear,” that is the model for the city of night Tresvin. Here the underworld organization known as the Shadow has its strong hold. While some cities turn to their economy or military for help Tresvin always has a secret weapon with the assassins. Unlike some of the other rim cities, Tresvin is not built on the river of the ancients, but rather is built south along the south rim. the city in style of its purpose is built mostly into the rock, with layers of secret tunnels that pass through the interior of the sandstone cliffs. the current ruler of Tresvin is Dol Slav, a cruel and calculating assassin. Ships Haven- the city of the river, the converging city, the pirates haven, all these and more are titles given to ships haven. this is the only city that is not built in the cliffs or on the rim, but rather is built on the shores of the river where the river of the ancients and the river midrun meet. the city is under the leadership of the dwarven ship rights and produces all of the long slender vessels that sail the rivers. the current ruler is the pirate lord Jenk Tarak Tonde- the soaring city, the city that flies, and the home of knowledge these all apply to the towering city of Tonde. Tonde is unique among all of the rim cities in the fact that it is dedicated to the gathering of knowledge over the gathering of wealth. the people of this city are long lived and as such spend much of their long lives working at the progress of learning. their city is built like the tall and spindly, it is said that to cross one of the thin soaring bridges of Tonde is to look death in the face. Tonde’s current ruler is Vesti the wise. Talis- the city that never sleeps, the party paradise, this is the city of life and fun, a true place where anything can happen. Here in Talis the group known as the underhand operates, they are a group of slavers and pleasure seekers and are well known for their drug trade. much like the Las Vegas of the ancient world Talis is a city of pleasure both that of legal and also the immoral. Because of its heavy influence from the drug cartel the city has banned all religious studies and practitioners due to the limit they place on “fun.” the ruler of this pleasure paradise is the seductress Naria. Zorast- the city of snakes, and city of steam these are the titles given to this dark city. Zorast is located on the far northern end of the valley, and is home to a cult of snake worshipers. they believe that the snake is a living symbol of their god of pleasure and secrets. where some cities ban religion here it is welcome and enforced (picture Muslim country). the church here has full rule over all aspects of life, from what people do with their life, to who is guilty in a case, to who can marry who. Zorast’s priests also have outlawed any outside influence claiming that outsiders corrupt their children. the current ruler and high priest of Zorast is Count Vandenburg.