Lebalos is the Capital City of the Gnomes, built on the outskirts of the Uncharted Desert. It is home to the Bard College and Clown College.
Major LocationsAs the capital of the Gnomish Grand Duchy, Lebalos is home to many locations worth visiting. Of course, the city is very intentionally designed to give first time visitors a bit of heatstroke so they will have no choice but to stop in any large tourist hub in the city, bringing in revenue to the city.
Obelisks of SiaThe Gnomes called these Tekhenu, but it was a visitor from Alzirgos who named them instead. They are great wonders of Gnomish construction, up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall despite the average Gnomish height being about 3 feet tall. They are found on many street corners in Lebalos, and each are inscribed with symbols from the Goddess of the Gnomes, Sia. They are said to be pillars of Knowledge, her major domain of worship. To climb atop an obelisk would be to gain knowledge, if not truly then at least in a representative sense. Therefore, many were built, and tourists are watched carefully to ensure that if they intend to climb one, they do so with Gnomish supervision to not destroy them. To destroy an obelisk is an affront to Sia herself.
Tomb of BadaThe first Grand Duchess, Nifi Bada, was the one to found Lebalos. She died of poisoning, and while no exact culprit was found, there were many who were believed to have taken part in it. When the next Grand Duke, Totix Mablios, took power, someone who served Bada, they did not deem it necessary to determine the singular person who poisoned Bada. Instead, they took each member of her court and had them build a tomb for Bada. Then, the suspected collaborators were wrapped in bandages and tied to the walls, sealed in the tomb with Bada's body. It is said Nifi Bada was dipped in gold after her corpse was discovered. Her body, in her tomb, is thus encased in gold after an embalming procedure was performed to remove the liquid in the body. Then, it was said, she would live forever in honor. This process has been followed for many, but not all, Grand Dukes and Duchesses. The tomb itself is underground, with a long staircase leading down into the catacombs that hold the first Grand Duchess. Candles line the walls, lit by attendants every day to honor Bada. Descending the stairs, one finds a door carved with the legend of Bada, from her birth in Ironforge to the first Avos to her poisoning. There are various treasures of Bada in the tomb. Things from the Dwarven Kingdom, as well as gifts given to her by all she met. One that is put on a pedestal is that of Dwarven King Vonnus, who was the one to exile Bada in the first place. It is said this shows how Bada legitimized the Gnomes as their own people, that even Vonnus acknolwedged them.
FoundingPrior to their settling in the Desert, the Gnomes lived in the mountains of the Dwarven Kingdom. However, the King of the Dwarves in -1533, Vonnus, decided he no longer wanted Gnomes in his lands, so he forcefully removed them. They attempted to settle in places like the Elven Forest, but it did not work. This led them, instead, to the Uncharted Desert. Nifi Bada, a Gnomish woman, was the one who led them to the desert, helping to found Lebalos in an area that could suit the foundation of a large city even in a desert. It was built in -1510, 23 years after their migration began.
AvosHowever, the Gnomes were not suited to a desert. They were unaware how to grow crops in their new surroundings or fight off the animals of the desert. In -1470, however, their saving grace arrived: A Korvian named Sainter taught them to grow crops, protect their village, and even established a holiday for them in honor of it called Avos. Avos is celebrated every year on the twenty-fifth day of the fifth month of the year. It is central to Lebalos, but is celebrated by other cultures and cities as well.
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