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12.3.5 Cyrene, Heart of the Vashnars
Cyrene, Heart of the Vashnars, was a city established before the days of Nicator and Seleucar, but after the founding of Ashtan and Shallam. Like Seleucar, it was formed by refugees sick of the endless Ashtan/Shallam Wars. Cyrene's citizens kept its existence a secret by never venturing back to the cities from whence they had come. When the 'Other' threatened the existence of Sapience, bringing freezing cold and snow to our entire world, a blue dragon, long thought to be extinct, came out of the highest mountains of the Vashnars and descended upon Cyrene. Ainghaeal began terrorizing the citizens, eating those unfortunate souls that were in his path. Lord Sarapis, when he split Achaea and cast out the 'Other', caused earthquakes so great that the secret tunnels through the Southern Vashnars to Cyrene crumbled. The citizens of Cyrene leading a predominantly passive lifestyle, not knowing what to do, called out for help. Their combined cries were heard by all of Sapience. Quickly, warriors formed hunting groups and ran to the source of these cries for assistance. Ainghaeal was slain by these fearless warriors. Cyrene, now revealed to the world, had lost its entire governing body and sought a new leader. The citizens quietly approached Lady Czanthria, several of them remembering her from their time in Shallam as a fair, but stoic leader and asked her to be their new Imperiate. Cyrene was re-founded on the principle of respect for others. There are still those that come to Cyrene to get away from the fighting ways of the other cities. The Houses strongly defend their city and their beliefs. Often considered to sit upon a fence, Cyrene's citizens are free to follow neutral-good paths. Those found to be evil, dark, or chaotic are not welcome. Cyrene is home to four glorious Houses: the Wardens, the city's principal defenders; the Mojushai, a conclave guided by beliefs of humility, benevolence, and strength; the Arcane Kindred, a close-knit community of like-minded people united in their study of the Arcane; and Ty Beirdd, a collection of artists, poets, and performers in the high Scarlattan tradition. Cyrene is located in a valley deep in the southwestern Vashnars. Lake Muurn bounds its southern border, and a river flows west to the ocean through a cavern inhabited by the monstrosity Khulhedra. It is rumoured there is a secret tunnel to the Aalen in these caverns, if one is bold enough to seek it out.