The City of Raqui
The city of Raqui is the first settlement of the E’ine in their exile from Heaven. The madness, which defined the beginning of the E’ine, is reflected in the architecture of Raqui and the surrounding area.
The city is spread out in parts, as if the structures are afraid to come near one another. In other areas, most notably in the north, the buildings are too close, resting at odd and impossible angles, creating a stifling effect and reflecting the lunacy that wrought them. The northern warrens are older, a product of the more chaotic first years, whereas the southern districts were created as the E’ine settled into their new assemblages, and hold a certain high aesthetic about them with their domes and towers. Whatever their age, the city has weathered the millennia of neglect with little ill effect. Perhaps because it was grown from the living earth, rather than cutting the stone away. There is no separation between the sections, and so there is little space for water or vegetation to enter.
In time, as the E’ine settled into their new selves. They remembered why they had defied the Will of Heaven, and they left the Patresilen and entered the Quain.
Andover, it’s such a beautiful place.
Andover, you’ll vanish without a trace.
Andover, you won’t be seen again.
Andover, goodbye to you amen.
Andover is the northernmost Lethen’al settlement in the Patresilen. As with most of the northern settlements, a great stone arch sits at the northern edge of the village. It is a predominately agricultural society, though it does have its fair share of artisans. Numbering thirty families total, the population is small and close knit, with a reputation for sharing what they have and helping one another when needed. The conditions at the foot of the Helashion mountains is brutal, and very few crops will develop with any regularity, mainly grains. Oats, barley, grapes, and wheat grow especially well here, and as such, they have become their largest export. In addition, the residents of Andover are also master brewers, vintners, and sprit makers, and use their grains as the base of all their drinks. Known as consummate storytellers and singers, the people of Andover are renowned for their celebrations throughout the year.
There is a darker side to Andover, however. Someone goes missing from the village every few years. For the most part, sadly, the victims are children. The stone gates at the edge of town have become a permanent memorial for the lost, and its base is littered with centuries of candle wax, flowers, pictures, tokens of affection, and written notes. There are some who blame the elusive E’ine for the disappearances, while other blame the Apostate, or even a spontaneous return to Heaven.
Reven Marthal is the capital city of the Lethen’al, and the greatest concentration of Lethen’al live here. The city is housed in a great tree, a tremendous black oak tree called Occanum, which dominates the surrounding countryside. Magically enhanced to provide a prison for the Lo’ademn Thelas, the great tree has a base that is a mile in diameter, and rises hundreds of feet into the sky. The Lethen’al have used their magics to grow the tree in such a way as to create corridors and living spaces inside the trunk, the canopy, and the roots.
As the capital, it is the home of The Matriarch, Thenaria Tu’renthien, and rest of the Royal family, House Tu’renthien. The royal chambers, the archives, sanctum, and inner sanctum are all located here, and contain some of the most important artifacts of Lethen’al history.
The Occanium, the order of the Magi are also based here. Their libraries, lecture halls, and workshops are in central locations, providing the Magi with easy access to the city proper.
The Roots of Reven Marthal are the home of the mysterious Fiftanu, the Lethen’al seers who explore the worlds of the spirit, trying to find the path back to Heaven. They hold to the subterranean sections of the city, and are rarely seen, save when they are summoned by royal decree. Also housed in the Roots is the prison of the Lo’ademn Thelas, who was bound by the first Mala’kar, Malachite during the Apostate’s War.