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12.3.5 Cyrene, Heart of the Vashnars
Secluded deep within the majestic Vashnar Mountain range with Lake Muurn to the south, Cyrene truly is the heart and soul of the Vashnars. Founded by Cyr Ruminic and Enna Ministrickle as a refuge and place of peace, this tradition carries on even since her re-founding by adventurers seeking a quieter life. A sanctuary to those who seek civility and independent thought, Cyrene has ever been at the forefront of culture, art, and craftsmanship. Whether it is the crisp and clean mountain air, the frequent snowfall, or the peaceful atmosphere from being ensconced deep in the mountains, Cyrene has flourished unhindered for over two millennia, and has grown into a city of remarkable strength and unity. Within her walls can be found three Houses that, together, exemplify the best of what Cyrene encompasses. Dutifully guarding the city are the proud members of the Vashnarian Shield, whose numbers comprise the bulk of her army. Representing the artists and crafters of Cyrene, the Virtuosi help confirm the Heart of the Vashnars as a renowned font of high culture. With their skills in exploration and a deep love of history and the academic, the Discurean Outriders are the vanguard of Cyrene's outward reach and attract those most eager to see the world. With an ethos founded solidly in decency and rule of law, citizens espouse the consideration of their peers and exercise tolerance for individual pursuits, as long as the community is not threatened. Ever mindful of her roots as a refuge for those escaping the wars between Ashtan and ancient Shallam, Cyrene remains fiercely independent and withdrawn from many of the conflicts that occur beyond her walls. With more than just a touch of xenophobia, Cyrene places her own interests first in all things, ensuring the stability and continued freedom of her citizens, her ideals, and her ancient, founding spirit. Not easily provoked, when Cyrene rises to a challenge and defends against her foes, she does so as a united and indomitable force.