Gatiranda

CategoryRuins
ContinentKarterus
RegionAzrik
Population200,000+ (at peak)
Races
Tragaran90%
Half-Elf5%
other5%
Founded14 Saunas 2800 LE
MapsVetoubahr

Gatiranda is sited at the southern tip of the Moredhel valley. It became a ruin in the Moredhel War, razed by the armies of the First Khazkar Empire and then abandoned by its people in the Great Exodus. South of the city is lake Moharr and to the west are the Pugad Hills.

Gatiranda began as a mining hold, Year 2800 LE, protecting the interests of Merorarg's merchants. It's wealth came from logging, mining, and shipping these goods back to Merorarg. In 1211 HE, Gatiranda ceded from Merorarg control, becoming an independent city-state. This was a bloodless cession since the head of the mercantile boards of each city were also the de-facto leaders of government. This was because 80% of the money that kept the government running came from commerce. The two leaders settled on a split by binding their two families in marriage; and as was tradition they took the daughter's last name Farinteen as family name. They did this solely to bring an end to the Alpynan Mercantile Dispute which for five years had damaged the economy with high inflation. Now that Gatiranda and Merorarg were independent of each other, the belligerents of the dispute were forced to settle their affairs in the courts of each city. With Gatiranda now an independent city-state, Merorargian Mercantile Law stipulated that the a newly formed entity must throw out its old charter and replace the old mercantile board (for Gatiranda this was a stacked board of Merorarg sympathizers). The courts ruled that the warring merchants must settle on equal rights of commerce along the Alpynan, thus ending the long-running dispute.

In 339, Gatiranda and Merorarg, then both independent city-states, joined together under the Niratar Theocracy.

When friendly contact was established with Andrithiach, Gatiranda became their main trading partner with timber, mining ores and gemstones being shipped north and in return finished products like furniture, windows, and jewelry heading south from their elven neighbors.

In the Moredhel War, Gatiranda was captured by the First Khazkar Empire. As an example to other cities in the region that refused to join the Khazarkar Empire as vassals, it was razed. It is said that several hundred, trapped in the cordon of enemy forces, fled south, throwing themselves in Moharr's frigid waters. The lake's northern shores are haunted by these victim's undead spirits.

Gatiranda escaped the fate of so many other settlements of the Broken Lands, remaining untouched by the devastation wrought by the Gulibmor Cataclysm. The Khazarkars remained in control of the area, preventing re-settlement. Gatirandans, citizens of the Niratar Theocracy, joined the Great Exodus with most going north to Andrithiach and then onward to become refugees of the Cal-Thaoun Dynasty. In refugee camps they waited for passage to the Lands of Purity, Niratar's resettlement site. A few thousand stayed in the region, heading west into the lands of their often hostile neighbors, the minotaurs, becoming refugees, slaves and citizens of Ba'lith. Those that stayed in Azrik with means, headed for the region's northern minotaur empire, Xiser.

Gatiranda's half-elves were the product of Tragarans and Kriavian Elves, from a long history of friendly relations and trade with Andrithiach. The half-elves were not treated equally in Andrithiach, so most ended up living in and around Gatiranda.

Today, the ruins of Gatiranda are home to bandits, monsters, and other predators.

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