THE CITY OF MILKENGRAD

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Milkengrad was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Centorauria and the metropolis of the Helcrani tribe. It is one of the largest cities in the Sarvonian continent. The city is built upon the Efirhal Island and dominates it. Milkengrad is widely known all over Santharia not only for the temperament of its residents but also for its extraordinary beauty that surpasses many other human cities in whole Caelereth. Elven influence is visible all around the city and in every field; in architecture, in the names, in the culture of its residents.

In Santharia Milkengrad can only be compared to the elven city of Elving, whose beauty is legendary as well. In everyday life the locals refer to Milkengrad simply as “the City” (and to the settlements in Helcrah as “the Villages”). The city’s population consists of a mixture of humans, elves and dwarves of Helcrani origin. However, one also can find other Centoraurians as well as many foreigners that earn their living in the metropolis of the western coast.

A City of Milkengrad
View picture in full size (map names) Image description. View of the City of Milkengrad featuring its typical white town wall, the prominent Damarchan assembly building and of course the Curonesta Palace on Efirhall Hill overlooking the whole scene. Illustration drawn by Seeker.

Description. Milkengrad was founded in 730 b.S. At first it looked like a compilation of seven minor settlements, each one far away from the rest. As time passed by these settlements expanded rapidly and met each other to become what is known today as the Fratric Areas of Milkengrad.

The city is distinguished for its broad roads, its sewer system, its cleanness, its wide squares and the impressing architecture of the buildings. There is also a plethora of magnificent public buildings constructed out of need to appease the internal conflicts since the Helcrani had developed an innate dislike for each other. Public buildings seem to advance the idea of a common identity and destiny, since they are considered sacred by the citizens. Furthermore, the elven influence is visible everywhere throughout the city, especially in the vast amount of trees and green throughout the streets. For this reason the city is called also by many elves Mékroi’lón’dár (Styrásh
Mékroi’lón’dár), the “Forest City of the Humans”.

Some of the most distinctive elements of the city of Milkengrad are:

Location. Milkengrad is located in the west of the southern Sarvonian continent in the northern Santharian province of Vardýnn. The city is built around the Efirhal Hill in the south edge of the homonymous island.  Return to the top

View entry on Santharia View complete map of Santharia Milkengrad The Province of Vardýnn and Nermeran
Map description. Location of Milkengrad, west of the former Erpheronian capital of Voldar and the Thaelon Forest. Maps drawn by Artimidor.

People. Milkengrad is mainly inhabited by Helcrani of all Fratrae and other Centoraurians. Nevertheless, the majority of the Styrani (Helcrani elves) live in the city preferring it over Helcrah, while the exact opposite happens with most Nerters (Helcrani dwarves), who like better the mountains and mines of Helcrah.

The Helcrani traditionally were a bilingual population; they had their own language which they call the "High Speech" and they still seem unwilling to share it with foreigners even at the present era. Also, they have always been speaking as native language the Tharian dialect, which they simply call "the Common" and the residents mainly used it to keep up trading with other parts of Santharia. After the formation of the United Santharian Kingdom though, the use of the High Speech was significantly reduced. The High Speech was already a dead language in the early 10th century a.S. although it never ceased to be used in ceremonies and in the education of Helcrani youth and scholars.

The Milkengradians, just like all Helcrani, believe in the High Goddess Avá. However, they respect the Twelve Santharian Gods whom they consider to be a symbolization of nature’s powers rather than existing personifications. Despite the Helcrani beliefs one can find temples devoted to the Santharian Gods throughout Milkengrad, but they are not used for worship, at least not by the Helcrani themselves.

The Milkengradians still have a highly developed sense of autonomy and they even preferred until the Fulfilment of Tacunija’s Curse to determine themselves by their Fratra rather than the common name "Helcrani" which is used by the Santharians to denote not only the inhabitants of Milkengrad and Helcrah, but also the local Centoraurian noblemen. The most precious good for the Helcrani is freedom. Many civil wars have ravaged the city throughout its history, but still the Helcrani were one of the first and warmest supporters of a united Santharian which was finally realized through the mighty Erpheronian kings Thar and later on Santhros. Helcrani see each other as bad relatives: A relative might be bad but still he's a relative; and most of all, the countrymen are the only relatives the Helcrani have got. The dislike which is developed between the Fratrae is rather collective than personal. Individuals from different Fratrae usually cooperate harmonically with each other.

Amazing is also the level of scientific and aesthetic progress that occurs in Milkengrad. Its citizens proudly brag that they inhabit the most beautiful city in the world of Caelereth. An important amount of people of other races and tribes live in Milkengrad as the Helcrani are hospitable folks. These people, collectively called metewani, are traders or merchants, while some of them are specialized in a craft and earn their living in the western metropolis. Return to the top

The Milkengradian Coat of Arms

View picture in full size The Milkengradian and Helcrani Coat of Arms, designed by Koldar Mondrakken.

Coat of Arms/Sign. The Milkengradian Coat of Arms is the same as the helcran. It consists of Curogane’s sword burning in a blue background. The sword symbolizes the struggle of the first person who ruled all of the Helcrani to unite his people and his battles against their enemies, while the fire symbolizes the Curse of Tacunija, which sealed the fate of the Helcrani. Return to the top

Climate. The climate in Milkengrad, as in the whole region of the Efirhal, is temperate. A warm stream from the Dark Sea, called the Mermaid’s Trail, is considered as the source of its fine climate. The summer is hot and the winter is usually cold. The spring and fall are the ideal times of the year for visiting Milkengrad, although fall is the rain period. During spring and fall a warm breeze comes from the west, while in winter cold winds blow sporadically from the north. Return to the top

Flora. The fair climate of Milkengrad favors all kinds of plants. Pine trees, cedars, willows, oaks and olive trees flourish all over the Efirhal. Quite impressing is the thick Centoraurian grass that covers the island. There is also a variety of flowers that grow in the wild. The locals cultivate all sorts of them (and pay great homage to gardening) although roses could be considered their favorite.

A surprisingly large variety of trees and flowers can be found in the city not only in private gardens but also in public places, especially in the Milkengradian Hall of Jeyriall. Under the elven influence, there are trees and green areas to be seen virtually everywhere, even in the dwarven fratric part, planted in harmony with the buildings. Return to the top

Fauna. As the Efirhal is a highly urbanised area, there are not many animals living there in the wild. However, there are met living free around the island many animals not aggressive against man such as deer, grouses, garthooks, buloos, cats and other. Once there were many wolves living in the north but they became extinct during the reign of Artahir.

As far as domestic animals are concerned, in the city of Milkengrad and the rest of the Efirhal almost everything can be found. There are a lot of cattle, and many Strata cows, imported during the occupation of the city, goats, pigs, which represent a major source of income for the locals. There are also dogs, cats and other animals that don’t produce something special but who are also favored among the Milkengradians. In the surrounding seas one can especially find yellowtail fish, barsas, dolpholk and eventually some boneheads and sea wyrms (many of them tamed by daring Helcrani seamen).

A large variety of strange and exotic animals can be found in the Milkengradian Hall of Jeyriall, a place serving as a living museum of plants and animals and also as a tribute to the powers of nature. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. The following lore has been traded over centuries concerning the city of Milkengrad:

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