The Twilight Ascension
Tyr lies in a small valley among the foothills of the Ringing Mountains. Although not the largest city of the Tablelands, it is considered one of the most important due to its political clout, location, and great (by Athasian standards) reserves of Iron ore in the nearby mountains. A single caravan trading route connects Tyr to the network of roads that link the major cities of the Tablelands. This is not to imply that elven traders do not use other routes of their own devising, but there is only a single navigable pass for the larger caravans.
•In the West of the Tyr Region, nestled against the West flank of the Ringing Mountains.
•The nearest city-state is Urik, City of Lions, to the Northeast.
•East of Tyr, across the Great Alluvial Sand Wastes, lie The Tablelands.
At a Glance
•Previously ruled by King Kalak, now the only city-state without a sorcerer-king.
•Kalak’s assassination threw the city into unrest- Tithian, Kalak’s most senior Templar, ascended the throne.
•Tithian immediately declared slavery abolished, and restricted Arena combat to 10 days each month. This has resulted in the Arena days being an often anticipated event each month. The sudden lack of slavery has also put a vast unrest and downturn in local economy.
•A great many factions pull at the power centers of Tyr, each vying for a larger slice of the pie in the wake of Kalak’s death. Tithian fell two years ago after betraying the city and his allies in pursiut of becoming a Sorcerer-King himself. Upon his defeat in a massive battle a storm ripped over the Silt Sea which is now called the Cerulean Storm and it is said that Tithian’s essence powers the storm.
•Tyr is currently in a state of upheaval, as the old order clashes with the new. While many Templars have remained, loyal to King Tithian, others have either fled or had been forced out. In the last few years since Tithian’s death, some of the Templars see this as an opportunity to regain power. With the power struggles at the top of the social order in battle, the lower classes are left to deal with the lack of work and general lawlessness the last dozen years since the freedom of all slaves in Tyr. Its culture may be compared with Ancient Tyre, of Phoenicia.
Notable Features and Places
Main Districts of Tyr:
• Elven Market
• Bard’s Quarter
• Shadow Square
• The Warrens
• Caravan Gate and Caravan Way
• Merchant District
• Noble District
• Smith’s District
• Kalak’s Ziggurat
• The Gladiatorial Stadium
• Artisan District and Artisan Way
• The Stadium Gate
• Templar’s District
• King’s Gardens
• The Grand Gate
• Golden Tower