Entrance into the Great Tunnel
brings a moment of being bathed in complete darkness. The great cave that marks the entrance fades into the background, swallowing travelers like a huge black maw. A few seconds of pause bring adjustment to the eyes, allowing those that have delved into the depths to see the cragged pathways before them. Some minutes of travel lead to the soft hues of the dancing lights of the Silver Elves
, large glowing orbs that light the towering caverns that these peoples of the depths call their homes. Within miles of the entrance of the Great Tunnel
tucked in the Spine of Kallex
, one finds the great city of Eryndlyn
, a prosperous hub of trade and scandal.
The depths of the tunnel survived the events of the Eldritch War
unscathed, but the horrors of Káto
had existed for eons. Eryndlyn
was a haven away from the creatures of the dark that killed everything that dared trespass in its territory, a city dedicated to the Huntress
, the goddess that had made it their god-given right to slay all manner of beast or creature that entered the sacred streets of Silver Elf
was no different; it was a hub of trade and worship, high priestesses and the Matron Mothers
of the city dedicated their lives to the pleasure of the Huntress
. Everything in the city revolved around the matriarchy that the Silver Elf Culture
was built upon.
The Great Tunnel
connects the east and the west of Vóreios
through the meandering tunnels of Káto
. Here, a variety of races are common, including those that very rarely ever leave the dark of Káto
Scandals, murders, and crimes of all sorts often marred the history of Káto
cities. The great city of Eryndlyn
was no different, but the scandals that marked the history of the city were much different, often striking fear or hate into those in positions of power. The Matron Murders
bled the city of its anger, replacing the constant wave of anger and fear with deep pools of fear as the Matron Mothers
feared for their lives. Certain houses were often a part of these scandals, a fact that was not lost upon the Ruling Council of Eryndlyn
. Politics of Káto
were often cutthroat, resulting in horrible outcomes, as saw fit by the ruling matrons.
is one of the largest Silver Elf
cities in Káto
, boasting a large population of Silver Elves
that serve as priestesses, spell casters, and fighters. It is nearly unheard of to find another species living in this city, but the Silver Elves
are not above trading with the various species of the surface.
The majority of women in this city fulfill the role of high priestess for one of the many houses within the city. While those of noble houses, especially those in the Ruling Council
, are required to attend the academy and become a high priestess, this is not a requirement of those Silver Elf
females of other houses. Men often become fighters, unless they show an aptitude for spell casting, but this is very rare in the houses of the ruling councils and these men are treated on par with high priestess. Men in other houses that do not become fighters often take on roles of craftsmen and other seemingly lower-class occupations to make the city run smoothly.
People in this area prosper, even with the harsh environment and horrific creatures of Káto
. Trade is conducted between the various houses, with other cities in Káto
, and with cities and peoples on the surface. Very few people travel outside of the city, but those houses that trade with the surface select specific people to travel out of Káto
and conduct their business.
, much like all Silver Elf society
, is based on a matriarchal society that is led by a ruling council of the matrons of the nine ruling houses of the city. These houses are often noble houses of the city and will fight to gain a higher rank within the noble houses or to make an empty space on the ruling council so that they may join the council.
This group of nine women form the government for the city, making laws and passing judgment when the time or offense calls for it. Crime is an interesting concept in Káto
, often being unspoken if there is no one left of the victim house to make an accusation. If an accusation is made, the Ruling Council of Eryndlyn
will pass judgment for the offense.
The Ruling Council of Eryndlyn
is currently led by House Duskryn, the highest ranked noble house in the city. House Duskryn has held this position for nearly ten centuries, with the current Matron Mother
of that house having served for nearly five centuries.
The majority of things in Eryndlyn
are housed in the various spaces of the noble houses or within the academy in the city:
House Duskryn: the first noble house of Eryndlyn is housed in a large complex that is in the middle of the city
: the eighth noble house can be found in a multi-building complex on the western edge of the city, close to the entrance of the Great Tunnel
. This house participates in a variety of trading outside of Káto
: the ninth noble house is in a smaller complex nestled close to the home of House Baenre
. This complex boasts large spires that hold libraries and places of study.
The Academy: a large, mutli-spired building in the center of the city close to the home of House Duskryn. All Silver Elf
children are required to attend this academy at some point in their lives, but those that choose to become priestesses, spell casters, or fighters will spend much more of their lives here.
In addition, there are a variety of small shops and other buildings throughout the city, but those buildings not controlled by houses of the ruling council are often considered the slums. Even so, the roads are well kept, often being made of a heavy stone that is obsidian in color.
The city does not have walls as the cragged floor and ceiling of the Great Tunnel
provides some natural defenses for the city. Orbs of dancing light are placed strategically around the cavern, allowing for a dim glow to permeate the darkness of the tunnel.