Where Davou is Cirsova’s gate to the north, Daaln is the empires gate to the south. Daaln has the distinction of being the first imperial city founded outside of the heartland under an imperial charter and not built on the site of an earlier Cirsovan or Pre-Cirsovan settlement.
Emperor Orwen Gladus was the first to recognize that Cirsova needed to look beyond the Heartlands to secure her fortunes. It was his son and successor, Orwen Akana, fifth Emperor of Cirsova, who would see his ambitions realized.
Daaln was built far to the south of Gatia, within sight of the borders of Karkuras, and fortified during the first years of Orwen Akana’s reign, some 90 years after the founding of the Imperial City.
When Karkuras faced invasive migration from Paelnor, leading to the Second Great War of Unification fought by the Cirsovan Empire, Daaln was used as a principal base of operation for Orwen Akana’s southern legions. Today, it stands as a reminder to the military might which subdued both the horsemen of the Plains of Karkuras and the rampaging nomads of Paelnor.
While Daaln is not at a crossroads, its strategic point as the only city connected by road to the southern provinces has ensured thriving markets and trade, though it does not benefit greatly from the northern Crystal trade; the finished Crystal that arrives in Gatia usually makes its way throughout the rest of the empire by sea travel. Karkuras, still inhabited largely by nomads, has less demand for finished crystal, and the civilized port of Corineaus may receive such shipments directly from Syflanis. That does not mean that Polaran crystal is unheard of in Daaln; it simply finds its way into the hands of the local aristocracy, rather than making its way further south by overland routes.
Skitis, another borderwatch town, lies southeast of Daaln and is connected by Imperial road. The main road leading southwest out of Daaln eventually reaches Doan, at the crossroads of Karkuras.