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Ñuñu Hills

Geography

There was a story of the people of the cloud carved settlements out of the extremely dense mountain forests so they could sit and live amongst the cloud
  So was told of the naturally beautiful cloud hills and with the Marañón and Huallaga crossing the space between them. But centuries of calamity and human habitation have heavily urbanized Ñuñu.  

Four high hills make up the Udders:

Jaujamong Hill
The easterly Ñuñu hill possesses the some of the last remaining woods that freckle the hill's cap. It sits at the cross section between the flood waters and Luya track which make it easier to cross between Jaujamong and Jaujameb.
Jamachu Hill
The westerly Ñuñu hill is visibly split down the middle from the top to its base; between luxury homes and scare wilderness. Its side facing the Floodgates is routinely devastated by the massive impact the floodwaters have every half century.
 
Jaujaman Hill
The northerly Ñuñu hill possesses the larger of the last remaining wooded areas belonging to the king.   These are the last wild spaces in the hills, but even so, they need to be managed by humans. The trees grow thickly, and the space between them is overgrown with grasses, shrubs and underbrush, so as to attract migrating birds for their feathers.
Jaujameb Hill
The southerly Ñuñu hill bonds the closest into the outer ribs of Giantsfall.   There is greater horizontal construction here than in any of the other urbanized hills. All the hills of Ñuñu have natural springs capped with wells to provide for the urban surroundings. But Jaujameb has the most.

History

Keanian Era

The Ñuñu Clans were the favoured pets of the Keans.
— Thoughts of one Yatei scholar on the history of the Hornkin
The Clans had enjoyed centuries of favour with their Keanian overlords which yielded plentiful food, stone infrastructure and general cultural superiority.   By contrast, the yatei and tyr tribes were enslaved to do the Keans' bidding, more exposed to the elements and generally enjoyed a smaller population. Yet, they managed to hold off a surging Cloud for an impressive 200 years. But while cloud generals had hammered at tribe defenses from many angles, when the final blow came, it was the tyr that took the greatest loss. So much so that any remnant of the tyr were willingly absorbed into the surviving yatei.  

Imperial Golden Age

Cloud colonization was an organised colonial expansion by the clans into the northern and southern shores during the period of the empire. The 'northern shores' were in reference to the floodlines of the hanging valleys in the Valley of Man and the Brine Marsh. The 'southern shores' were in reference to the Foggy Hills in-between Ñuñu and Yates; and the opening into Giantsfall near the Floodgates.  

Painted Plagues

Through some unknown and malevolent force, the governor sought to gain a kingdom of his own. And in answer, a deluge of diseases crossed over from the Cold Swamp and, one after another, laid waste to the administrative framework across the empire's cities, coastal colonies and the capital itself.

Tourism

Marañón

Marañón is the north-south gap between the Jaujamong and Jamachu hills. During the dry season, people walk between the hills on one of the two inner stone staircases.   The gaps are at their busiest during the flood season when it is easier for boat traffic to move up and down the newly created straits.

Huallaga

Huallaga is the west-east gap between the Jaujaman and Jaujameb hills. During the dry season, people walk between the hills on one of the two inner stone staircases.   The gaps are at their busiest during the flood season when it is easier for boat traffic to move up and down the newly created straits.
 

Four Cloud Hills

Jaujamong Hill
The easterly Ñuñu hill with the most direct interaction with foreigners and thus the most developed hills as a cross section between the flood waters and Luya track.
  • Temple of Sky and Flies
    Also called the Blue Temple; it is a center of learning and research, and is most famous for its blue canvas stretched over several free standing stone pillars and walls.
Jamachu Hill
The westerly Ñuñu hill has the third highest population of the hills. Its side facing the Floodgates is, by imperial decree, entirely devoid of human development.
  • Imperial Palace
    A bastion of bedrock decorated in transmuted reliefs similar to Eeat and crowned with an exaggerated coral sculpture. The palace sits at the peak of the hill
 
Jaujaman Hill
The northerly Ñuñu hill is the least populated hill as the rush flood tides awash the this hill more than any other.
Jaujameb Hill
The southerly Ñuñu hill is the most populated, partly because it is closest to the Luya Catacombs and the most shielded from the flood waters.

Alternative Name(s)
  • The Udder
  • Cloud Hills
Type
Mountain / Hill
Location under
Included Organizations
Owning Organization
Cloud Country
Organization | Dec 12, 2020
Keanian
Species | Feb 19, 2021
Cloud Clans
Ethnicity | Dec 3, 2020

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Cover image: Cloud City by Tu Bui

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