The Ruins of Myvolia
Leaders: King Kheldon of Cyonia, Countess Leora of Ibylis, Bishop Tarduk
Authorities: Lantern Knights of St Clevoy, Palace Guard, City Watch
Major NPCs: Sir Tristan Rigby, Sister Oraleena of The Sisterhood of Introspection
Important Locations: The White Palace, The Iron Fort, The Grand Bazaar
Demographics: pop. 120 000; 41% Cyonian, 49% Myvolian, 4% other tribes, 5% Dwarven, 1% other races
Wealth: 1 000 000gp limit
The ancient seat of the Myvolin Empire, the City of Ran Adin is now the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Cyonia. The city has seen the rise and fall of several empires, sultinates and kingdoms in its millenia of history. Built along the Sabine River and surrounded by massive battlements the city is a maze of temples, palaces, fortresses and bazaars. The crowded streets are filled with members of all races and cultures. Traders and Bethuani tribesmen rub shoulders with pilgrims and crusader knights from the Northern Kingdoms.
At the heart of the city and bordering the mighty Sabine River stands the temple mount upon which the Temple of the Sun once rested. The Temple was originally built by the Cyonians and was later expanded upon by generations of Myvolin emperors. The grandeur of the Myvolin Temple was unmatched throughout the world of men and wealth from across the empire flowed into its coffers. The Temple was thrown down during the Lucidian revolt that led to the downfall of the Myvolin Empire. The city itself was nearly completely destroyed in the conflagration and its once large population was decimated.
After The Fall the city fell into the hands of the Waziiri family who attempted to reclaim some of its ancient grandeur. They rebuilt and repaired the walls, bazaars and palaces of the city and soon its streets were once more vibrant with merchants, pilgrims and artists. The Waziiri clan established themselves as Sultans of the city, maintaining the throne until the Myvolin Emperors returned once more.
In 375 LE it was Sultan Mahmoud Waziiri who inflamed the Lucidians of the Northern Kingdoms by ordering the execution of several Vintaran pilgrims and eventually banning all Lucidian pilgrims from entering Ran Adin. This move fed fuel to the Patrician of Vintara’s call for a crusade to reclaim the ancient Cyonian lands for Pelor.
After the eventual fall of the city in 377 LE to the Crusaders, the Sultan was captured and his family was executed in an orgy of blood letting that purged the city of much of its Myvar elite. Northern Kingdomers who thronged to Ran Adin offered their services to King Tiberius, the new ruler of Ran Adin.
Nearly fifty years later the city is once more beginning to grow. Though the bazaars flourish once more much of the music and arts fostered by the Waziiri have disappeared from Ran Adin. Under the ultra-religious hand of the Lucidian Church, Myvar within the city are forced to pay heavy taxes in order to practice their religion.
Some of the significant features of Ran Adin are the White Palace, home to the city’s rulers for centuries, and The Iron Fort, the citadel and barracks for the city’s defenders. Both are large and richly decorated structures built during the Myvolin era. Both were heavily damaged during the Lucidian revolt and were subsequently repaired during the Sultinate and reflect several centuries worth of artistic change.
The dwarven quarter in the south-east of the city has existed since Myvolin times and was once home to the dwarven tradesmen who made Ran Adin the wonder it once was. Though the dwarves have declined in number and must seek employment as labourers to get by, they are still masters of their trades.