Loforia Settlement in Niorath | World Anvil


Loforia is an enigma of a city that even is outside of my reach. All that we can go by are rumors from those who traded with its inhabitants. They tell stories of a magnificent city deep underground. If only I knew the location and could go see for myself.
— High Sage Syronikir
  Loforia is one of the most mysterious cities in Niorath. Many know that it exists somewhere deep in the Lower Realms but its exact location remains unknown to this day. From time to time the people living on the surface hear rumors from those living underground. This at least helps to get an idea of what the city would be like.   A few things are still a certainty however. The city is under the control of a powerful Daski faction which goes by the same name as the city. They claim to be the chosen of the god Lofior, who is often seen as an evil god by other followers of the Eregr pantheon.  

Extra Information

Founding Date
The city is most likely located in the Lower Realms not too far from Deldirom and Aelerium.
Under the control of the Loforia factions of the Daski Elves
Primary Races
Daski Elves but possibly also some Dwarves
Known for
Powerful military, high technology level, worship of Lofior




  Little is known about the founding of Loforia but some legends claim have found their way to the people of the surface. According to the legends there was a long period of strife that forced the Loforia faction of the Daski Elves to move into new territory. They came to a gigantic cavern that was dimly lit. When the Daski looked up at the source of the light they saw a large metal ship that many believe could have been a Divine Vessel.   When they approached the vessel the god Lofior appeared before them. He told them that from now on they would be his chosen people and never want for anything. The Elves set up camp and found the city of Loforia around the vessel of Loforia. And just like Lofior had promised the Daski Elves there prospered ever since.  

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  Most of the history of Loforia is unknown as only very little information about it filters through to the surface. Citizens of the city were, however, sometimes seen scouting or trading around the Lower Realms. Although they never gave the exact location of their city, they did mention some things about it now and then. From these encounters we know that the city has become quite large and appearenly has many large towers made from metal, glass and other materials not known to others.   The gear that they had also seemed to improve over the years. At first only a few of them were seen with gear similar to Prime Asmer technology. Over time, however, the number of Loforians seen with this gear only increased. This has led to a belief that somehow the Loforians have found a way to create or replicate advanced technology from the Gods. Although most gods are silent many now think that there is perhaps some truth to the claim that Lofior is guiding their people. In a way this would explain their greater technological knowledge compared to other nations.   For most of history their have been no accounts of Loforians venturing out of the Lower Realms. However, recently some reports of scouting parties have started to appear. So far they have been seen around Deldimor, Aelerium and Kavonia which leads to the assumption that perhaps Loforia is located not too far from those regions.  



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  Since there are no trustworthy records of anyone seeing the city with their own eyes, we only know about what the Loforians traders have mentioned over the years. Apparently the city has been built around something that the Loforians themselves refer to as Lofior's Palace. They claim that it is a gigantic metal construction filled with vast hallways, shining floors and impressive light displays. Whether Lofior actually lives there is unkown but at least the building is definetly used as a seat of government.   Around it there are many large towers made from metal, glass and other synthetic materials. The Loforians describe these materials as a sturdy and easy to produce. Other buildings are hewed out in the various cave walls or giant stalagmite and stalactites.   According to the Daski Elves Loforia is a city of lights. Streets are never dark and within all buildings there can be light regardless of the hour of the day. It is not known if the Loforians create this light using magic or other means.  


  It is not known how far the city actually reaches. It is a common belief that the city stretches at least several kilometers from the center. The edge of the city has, however, never been found. Scouts did ocassionly stumble upon an outpost of the Loforians. This gives a general idea of where the city could be but no one has thus far been allowed to travel further into their territories.   From what the Loforians themselves mentioned to traders we know that the outskirst of the city have lower constructions and are the main areas for industry and agriculture. There is believed to be a very efficient system of flying vehicles to move goods from the outskirts to the center but this has never been verified.  
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  Loforia is located in a large cavern which is believed to be filled with some kind of fog. Most of the time this fog stays near the ceiling of the cavern but it can descend further down. For some reason light can be observed through this fog most of the time which can give the city an eerie atmosphere. What the source of this light is remains unknown to this day.  
  True Location (spoiler)
  Unknown to all but the inhabitants of Loforia, the city is actually much closer to the surface world than one would think. The Infor Crater in Aelerium is filled with a thick fog that never goes away. If one were to descend deep enough into the crater they would eventually reach Loforia.   Any expeditions into the crater thus far have been unsucceful as the fog somehow works as an anti-magic field. As most explorers use some kind of magic to try to get down they often fall to their deaths. When an airship tried to descend into the crator it stopped working and crashed into several buildings of Loforia. Since that even the Loforians have put up a shield that blocks unwanted objects from going through. Only precipitation can be let through the shield if wanted.


  In almost all cases the Loforians want to trade resources for Falls. They themselves are often known to sell Tremor Falls but never other kinds. When they can they try to get their hands on any other types and are willing to trade a good amount of resources for them.  


  When the Loforians venture outside of their territories there are various goods that they want to trade. Most of these are metals and other raw materials that the Elves of Loforia seem to be able to extract in great amounts. When they move these materials throughout the Lower Realms they are known to use a sort of hovering vehicle not too different from the Blaze Cart freighter.  
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  From time to time the Loforians are also known to trade forms of food. The food that they deliver is quite different from the usual fungi-based diet of those living underground. Somehow they are able to grow surface food such as certain vegtables and fruits. Nobody knows how they actually manage to accomplice this so deep underground.   Besides the usual food they also have some products that are not seen on the surface. Many of these are quite nourshing and appear to be similar to sea weeds. In some cases these are compressed in small pellets which are said to be able to feed someone for an entire day.    


  One of the more curious things that the Loforians trade is medicine. In the surface world it is not common to try to heal someone with other means than magic as Nature and Divine Magic Magic are pretty common. This is, however, not a luxury that many in the Lower Realms have. This is why many living there are keen to trade with the Loforia faction as a good supply of these could help a community for years to come.   This medicine can be found in various form. Sometimes they are liquids but other times there are powders or melting tablets. Some of these perform the same function and it is really up to the buyer to decide what method they like best.  
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  Anyone who encounters a Lofrian trading caravan can see that the soldier protecting it have some advanced weapons. They are pretty similar to the guns used by the Pavan Empire but they are much more advanced versions.   Thus far the Loforians have never traded any of these weapons which makes it quite difficult to tell how powerful they are. However, since there are no known cases of anyone actually winning against a Loforians squad, these weapons must pack quite a punch.  

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Sapha Burnell
9 Jan, 2023 17:21

Brilliantly written, loving the cyberpunk-meets-Drow feel I get from this.

2 Feb, 2023 21:52

Thank you! That was indeed the kind of feeling I was going for :) Also thank you for the additional prize!

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27 Jan, 2023 21:07

I love mysteries and this one really feeds my curiosity. :D And love the play on the "sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" idea.

I picked this article from all others in the category because it caught my attention with a neat short "elevator pitch" in the beginning and a sweet text-to-image ratio, which gave a promise of a smooth read. It made a good job at that, too.

While reading this I felt like being taken on a short trip around the area. Selecting up to three short subsections for a given section (History, Layout, Economy) helped that — my attention didn't have enough time to get bored but enough to be focused on that particular segment. It helped that the information given was never a full explanation but more of a "general idea", sometimes from a subjective perspective, e.g., the trader.

I'm curious about several things. Loforians lead others to believe that the central palace/ship is where they met Lofior. Suppose that is not taken literally, is Lofior the god of advancement/technology/craftsmanship? Additional information in the tooltip or a short article would be awesome to have. The mist is a wonder. It has anti-magic properties, but are these more of the "leech out the magic from everything it touches and empower itself" or "block/nullify the magic field"? Is it directional, i.e., does it let magic pass from Loforia up to the surface?

Are the sea weed-like plants medicinal? They were covered in the Food subsection but I can't help to see green tablets with elongated green shapes in the background, which can be rocks but also wide leaves.

Thanks for an awesome read!

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2 Feb, 2023 22:00

Thank you for the kind words and the pick in your reading challenge. Glad you liked the indirect approach which I took for this article :p I wanted to keep it a bit of a mystery.   As for Lofior, who knows perhaps he really is there, or perhaps not ;) Lofior is the god of intellect and secrecy bestowing his knowledge only on the Daski Elves.   As for the mist I can say it is not directional, everything is stopped and it is more of a nullify field.   Yeah the sea weed like plants are actually kinda used for both food and medicine depending on the specific plant.

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