Nearly 13,000 years ago, the Elven King Goaryn’Diilranas betrayed his father and marched a bloody campaign across Cyrdoma. In his conquest, he encountered a collective of human living underneath the shade of a monstrous tree. Though the humans were decimated by the brutal Elf King, vines erupted from the ground and crushed him and his warriors into a bloody pulp.
Those who survived told of the odd encounter and began to revere the tree, calling it Yggarbamus. It was not long before the rest of the High Elves shared in this belief and constructed a marvelous city in the embrace of the tree’s roots. Though their bloody war continued, the tree allowed them its sacred ground.
Yggarbamus, due to its massive size, is believed to have been planted in the ground by Vinera herself. Of course, the Gods aren’t exactly vocal so it’s hard to confirm. The common looking bark is paralleled greatly by the heartwood. A radiant blue core is nestled under the bottom of the roots, supporting the base of the mighty tree.
Altaer’Ornla (High Grace in Common), was built underneath Yggarbamus. A wall was erected between two exposed roots, encircling the city in natural and mortal-made protection. The city is split into five sections, all built around the exposed core: the Royal Quarter, the Grand Commerce, the Hovel, the Dwelling, and the Estates. Within the pillar of heartwood, is a pool of sacred water, in which Elven princes are baptized.
Today, the city stands as a bastion of one of the most dominant and culturally rich races on all of Cyrdoma. Though there is a certain exclusivity among Elven culture, festivals are typically a very open time for them and make for a great time to visit the tree-city. Now that I think about it, I need to request time off for the Winter Festival in Decus.
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