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Kayin

Upon the southern banks of the Tarn of Kassandir lies a large settlement known as Kayin. Founded in the third era only a generation after the adventures of the original Pathfinders, Kayin is a prosperous region whose culture was inherited from the northeastern realm of Nausica, the homeland of Kayin’s benefactor; Zhon Wu.   The Wu family have ruled as dukes in the region since the development of the city and Kayin boasts a large number of noble estates belonging to royalty and persons of power. These noble families and their fortunes allow for a rich economy despite Kayin being somewhat more isolated from the Freelands than other provinces such as Tant or Laefalorn.   As mentioned, Kayin’s culture is derived from the distant land of Nausica, a kingdom comprised of wet jungles, snow-capped mountains and seasonal storms. The name Kayin roughly translates to “Dragon in the Reeds” a homage to a Nausicaan folktale of one of the great Elder Dragons of the Cataclysm who had been tricked into taking mortal form and hunted in a rice field. The aesthetics of the river city are strikingly different than other settlements of the Freelands, their design incorporating tiled roofs, taller and multi-floored buildings, lavish gardens and silk screen walls. Cuisine in Kayin incorporates many fresh herbs and a rich assortment of spices that liven traditional noodle and rice dishes. Kayin is home to many aspiring chefs and thus there are a diverse range of restaurants and inns that cater to particular palettes.   Sights of the city include the Palace of Falling Leaves, The Hundred Dragons (An exotic bistro), the Sawatari Hot Springs, Quon’s workshop and the Dragonturtle Beach.


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