Davou, Covered in Snow

Emperor Orrin Tormant’s father, the Emperor Evane Tormant II, once commissioned a painting of Davou by famed Ortian realist painter, Horas Yunara. Near the painting’s completion, Horas decried his work and destroyed it before beginning anew, creating a massive canvas depicting Davou in ruins, half buried in snow. Upon hearing this, Emperor Evane thought of how he might punish the artist with imprisonment or even death.

However, when he saw the painting, the Emperor felt a strange enchantment within the pigments which depicted the demise of his northern stronghold. He ordered the new painting to be locked away in the vaults of the palace in Gatia, only to be placed on display once the events and destruction depicted had come to pass. Horas Yunara and his family were banished from the province of Cirsova until the day his painting hung in the courts of Gatia, upon which the Emperor would abdicate and hand his crown to Yunara or any surviving heir of his line. His grandchildren are rumored to live in Ortia, where, to this day, they guardedly pray for snow.

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Davou

Davou sits at the crossroads of the north and sees through its gates the great shipments of crystals coming from the east, Gatlian trade goods return from the west. The road south leads to Gatia and all the empire beyond.

Davou quarters the Northernmost legion of the Cirsovan empire, though it is a shadow of the force that subjugated Ungoza. There has been no conflict in the region for over a century, and the task of quelling piracy and brigandage has fallen to the local barons. The only threats to Cirsova’s north are the encroaching snows and the radical political experiment brewing in Gatlia. Only one of these might bring the legion to bare, though only a few truly brazen members of the aristocracy would even breathe suggestion of sorts.

Presently, Davou prospers greatly from the trade road it sits upon and generates sizable revenue from the many warehouses within its walls. Additionally, it receives its own skim of imperial tax receipts collected from Ungoza and Gatlia.

Davou is also home to a travelling troupe of performers, the Wagons of Mystery, which often travels along the Long Road behind large merchant caravans, putting on elaborate plays and strange feats of daring in the towns along the road. During the colder seasons, when merchants are less frequent, the troupe stays in one of the dingier corners of Davou, trying out new talent, developing new routines, and occasionally offering private performances for those lucky enough to receive a writ of invitation.

Adventurers who wish to visit Jorgora may set out north from Davou, following the corridor between the  Gatlian Mountains and western forests of Ungoza. It is, however, a difficult journey with no roads, markers or wayrests, and most are disappointed to find nothing but a large, sometimes snow-covered hillock.