Olon'tak is an important city in the Western Desert. Situated on the coast, it is one of the few settlements of its size in the region.
History and Sociology of Olon’tak
History of Vatash and Olon’tak
Olon’tak was the final destination, the last place that was settled, during the migration of the Vatashians precursor civilisation, who are not originally from the Western Continent but from the east, this migration happened a thousand years ago. Olon’tak is the furthest west. Once this precursor civilisation arrived in the Western Hills, they mixed to a small degree with the dwarves and became the modern Dvovonians. Another group of them decided to go further into the Western Desert, those became the Vatashians, who see themselves as the true descendants of this precursor civilisation, both genetically and culturally. Olon’tak is the heart of Vatash (Vatash: endonym for Western Desert), even though there is no centralised government in Vatash, Olon’tak remains the most influential city, most trade flows through there. Olon’tak’s Town Hall has the most extensive and oldest collection of documents from this precursor civilisation, who in Vatash are just referred to as Old Vatashians or Pre-exile Vatshians to reinforce the idea of cultural continuity. Vatashians trade with Obafenians and Mikso alike. Mikso are not seen as a threat as their main focus is trade, whereas for Obafenians, at least in the eyes of the Vatashians, trade is a means to improve their industry and extend their influence over the continent. That is why Vatashian city-states reluctantly trade with Obafen, the money is hard to pass by. Vatashian cities have only limited control over their population and thus private individuals, especially wealthy ones, still conduct extensive trade with other nations, such as Fūshu the Waterman, who sells his innovation of clear glass far and wide across the continent.
Social Dynamics in Olon’tak
Olon’tak is divided into multiple areas but the biggest distinction can be made between what lies south of the river that flows through the city, and what lies north. To the south you will find the lowest part of the city where also the poorest live. The north of the city is populated by the middle and upper class, the higher you get up the hill that bounds the city to the north, the richer it gets. The Vatashian culture is a very liberal one and the poor are not seen as morally inferior to the rich, everyone is free to pursue their own path in life. Nonetheless due to the economic divide between the different residential areas there is little intermingling between the classes.