Cavthan is a merchant town
located on the eastern shore of the Ancythrian Inland Sea, at the peninsula of
Kyhlong. Along with the provincial capital Elsreth and
Carmalad Cavthan is one of the largest cities in the northwestern province
of Enthronia in the United Kingdom of Santharia.
The city is composed of a large number of
Daran Gnomes, humans, and a small cluster
of halfling-folk from the
Dogodan Shire, with
around 8.000 inhabitants.
Description. Cavthan is a thriving town full of trade and growth. The fishing market has kept the people living for generations, and still thrives due to the bountiful source of food, the Ancythrian Sea. The Cavthan market is one of the most diverse in Santharia.
The town is divided into two areas; the Inner City and the Outer City. The Outer City includes the area on the shore of the Ancythrian Sea, and the south and southeastern border of town, facing the forest. The Inner City is everything inside the borders and the northern border. The two primary entry points to the city are the Northern Gate to the northeast of the town, and the large Ancythrian port.
The Northern Gate
The Northern gate is part of an essential trade route with Carmalad. The Northeastern road is watched at all times by a marshall of the city, from a watchtower adjacent to the gate. The gate is closed after dark, and any merchant caravans that wish to enter must obtain special permission, or wait until morning.
The Outer City
The purpose of the Outer City is to work for the protection of the people of Cavthan. The hunters and fishers live in these areas. The fishers gather fish from the Ancythrian Sea and prepare their flesh to be eaten, and their parts to be traded. Hunters hunt for food and gather lumber in the numerous forests on the outside of town. The market is located within the Inner City. Not many humans reside in this part of town. The majority of the Daran, and the halfling traders live here.
The buildings in the Outer City are generally made of wood. Larger houses are usually built upon the southeastern edge of the town. Fishermen live in round wooden huts by the shores of the sea.
The Shrine of Baveras
The most noticable structure in the Outer City is the Shrine of Baveras located near the Ancythrian shore. The Baveras Shrine is a small, but a beautiful temple located on the northern shore. It is triangular in shape, and the point is facing towards the center of the sea. It is constructed of fine marble, hued with bluish green. In the center is a fountain where fishers and sailors usually ask for the blessings of Baveras before using her waters.
The Arwood (Grove of
A short walk to the east of the town will bring one to an Arwood; a grove in honor of Arvins, God of the Hunt. The path closer to the town is less adorned, but as one walks along, moss is fund, and eventually, hearth bushes develop. The path comes to a circular grove inhabited by various trees that do not normally grow on the peninsula. The grove is tended by hunters in the town daily, and one is usually found somewhere in the vicinity of the Arwood.
The Inner City
The buildings in the Inner City are generally large and built of stone. The homes here are built towards the outskirts; closer to the Outer City. Where the main business takes place is in the very center of the town. The Inner cCty is always busy. It is filled with taverns, inns, businesses, and trading houses.
The Twilight's Hearth Inn
The most prominent establishment in the town is the "Twilight's Hearth". Named for a popular local drink made from Hearthberries, the inn is the largest in Cavthan. Numerous macanti also run establishments in the area, such as "Dark City", a small shop whose owner claims to have visited Alvang and returned with treasure from the deserted town.
The Traders Inn (Floatilla)
Another favourite spot is the Traders Inn, or the Floatilla. Made up of two large, anchored vessels, the Floatilla is the best place for a new merchant to start his career. All day merchants travel to the Floatilla, set up shop, and reside inside the landlocked vessels for the time they are in the city. It is rumored that the Floatilla harbours a black market. A myriad of smuggled items, such as jewels, artifacts, weapons, and even foreign women (prostitutes) and slaves are said to be sold and traded here. Besides the illegal market, the Floatilla harbours various mercenary gangs who will do anything for money.
Location. Cavthan is located in the Santharian province of Enthronia, and is a major trade center among the Enthronian cities. The city is nestled on the Khylong peninsula between the Ancythrian Sea to the west, and the Istarin forest, home of the Jhehllerim elves, to the east.
People. The inhabitants
of Cavthan have soft, fair, skin; a trademark of the
Caltharian tribe. They are not
completely Caltharian however.
The people of southern Enthronia mingled with the
Eyelian and the
Serphelorian tribes when the
kingdom of Santharia was founded. Because of this,
many Cavthan have darker skin which is typical especially of the
Eyelians. The hair retains the
softness of the Caltharians.
Because of the location of Cavthan, and the fact that the town is a port, many people from all over Santharia pass through the town. Merchants from northern Sarvonia, immigrants from across the sea, and adventurers seeking to plunder the mysterious Alvang all have an impact on the rich cultural background of this town.
The Cavthan people pray always to the deities Baveras, Goddess of the Sea, and Arvins, God of the Hunt. A shrine dedicated to Baveras was errected on the Ancythrian shore. The hunters pray to Arvins each day for a successful hunt. The fishers pray that Baveras keep the sea at bay, so that that they may fish with relative ease.
The people of Cavthan greatly fear the town of Alvang and have created numerous superstitions about it. The thick haze and strange noises that come from the northern sea add even more to the superstition. Some say that the town is haunted with ghosts of the warriors destroyed at the battle there. Some believe that some of Saban Blackcloak's magic still lingers, and curses the place. Some have come up with even wilder theories such as the entire town is haunted by elven skeleton zombiis, or a demon lord of the sea resides there and kills anyone who comes close to his horrible magic. No one has ever been brave enough to actually venture there and find out the truth.
Coat of Arms/Sign. The Cavthan coat of arms is a silver triangle within a circle. The triangle represents unity between the three major trading towns of Enthronia: Carmalad, Elsreth and Cavthan. The silver colour is a symbol of productivity. Silver is also used because it is a valued metal that can be found in the Enthronian region, at the Kalrian Teeth, in the mountains southwest of Carmalad, and north of Doovens.
Climate. The spring season is generally cool while the summer is quite humid. Precipitation in the winter time is usually in the form of rain, but occasionally a soft snow occurs. There is a lot of rain, especially in the summer. The town often is lightly foggy near the coast, but never so much as to obscure vision.
Flora. Cavthan is surrounded by multiple deciduous forests, as well as evergreen. Various other small bushes can be found in the area such as the teki tree and the hearthbush. Some people keep small gardens, usually wielding berries of some sort.
Fauna. Not many animals would be found inside of the city itself. Birds tend to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Wolves roam around the outside of the city and a hunter may come across the occasional bear. The most popular animal in the town is the fish of course. Khendochar, caéh-fish, and mithrilfish are just a few of many fish living in the Ancythrian Inland Sea.
Production/Trade. Cavthan serves as the center of the Enthronian trade routes. Its port is essential for transporting goods from Carmalad to eastern Santharia, and vice versa. As a result, the town has a number of large storage areas, where traded goods are stored to be transported to their proper locations.
Cavthan produces mainly fishing and hunting supplies, and trades for weapons, clothing, and other materials with the other Enthronian cities. Because trade is very high in Cavthan, the town has available to them resources from all over the continent. The primary business in the town are papermaking and fishing related jobs. The Daran Gnomes are responsible for the large papercouching and glass-blowing industries in the town.
Trade takes place primarily with Carmalad, the Enthronian capital, which yields them cloth and dye; a trademark of the Caltharian tribe. The more exquisite furniture in the town is imported from the Dogodan Shire in the Alianian Hills. A community of the Dogodan hobbits reside in the inner city. Cavthan merchants also trade for weapons and tools with Elsreth.
Resources. Numerous forests surrounding the city provide food, herbs and lumber. Additionally the sea provides food, water, and minerals. Also, an essential trade route has been established upon this sea.
To the northeast of the town, a small mining community was established. Though not greatly pursued by the Cavthanians, silver mining is a common job among people of the province of Enthronian in general.
Myth/Lore. An old tale is told about the town of Alvang, which usually scares sailors from going far north on the sea. Its origins are unknown, yet nearly every child in the town has heard it, or a variation of it:
There was once a boy who thought he could do anything. Ever since he was
little, anything that he was told was impossible, or forbidden, he’d try
his best to try it anyway. He was the kind of child who, if given a pair
of wings, he might also have been able to fly with them. His spirit was
stronger than the spirit of an entire army. He had more energy than all of
the other children in the world. But it did not last forever.
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