Methlan - Queen of Ships
Of all the daughters of ancient Rhomeia, Methlan is perhaps the least remembered. Far too often overshadowed by her sisters in the north, the Queen of Ships is nonetheless one of the most important cities on the Divide.Vardanias southernmost city, built where the cliffs of Tyanis Wound turn into the smooth coastal plains of the Summer Coast. Oldest of the remaining Daughters of Rhomeia, Methlan is the worlds chief manufacturer of ships. Nurn may have a thousand colours, Ainach may produce the best silver in the world and Sur manufacture the finest textiles known to man. But Methlan's ships move the world.
The Oldest DaughterMethlan is the second oldest city in the known world. Founded about 320 years after Rhomeia itself, long before the Age of Wrath or Time of Twilight. In the aftermath of the Oblivion Hour the city remained disconnected from the Rhomeian Empire until the Rhomeion began to explore the newly formed The Great Divide in the last centuries before the First Dawn.
Queen of ShipsIts shipyards are the best in the world, the skill of it craftsmen unrivalled. The cities main shipyard known as the Arsenal can produce a fifty carracks a week. Ships made in Methlan are of amazing quality and sold to fair prices to anyone willing to pay. As a result, many nations around the ocean have taken to simply buying ships rather than building them themselves. Metarans (from Rhomeion meaning Woodmen) are known to be neutral in all conflicts unless directly threatened. Honest and proud they will never try and deceive you. Being a shipbuilder is seen as a great honour and those breaking the strict oaths of quality are at best kicked out of their guild and at worst send to the forced labour corp.
Some say that one in three ships sailing or rowing around the world was made in the shipyards of Methlan.
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