Legacy of the Silver Raven
Cerule Valley (Capitol) – Mostly wood and stone work, small land trade – populated almost entirely by High Elves
Known for its introverted society of fair-skinned, slender-bodied High Elves, its residents keep mostly to themselves. Many High Elves that do not become scholars or bookworms end up studying the ancient fighting techniques passed down through the generations to become nimble Warriors or Rangers, or become practitioners of ancient magics, becoming Clerics and Mages, and spend some part of their lives as guardians of the forests surrounding the beautiful lake-side city in which they reside. Most High Elves are raised to hunt and live off the land, much like their cousins, the Wood Elves, and most can support their families without outside help. Some are drawn to leave the valley and explore the continent, and use their abilities to help more unfortunate societies, others simply seek fame, adventure, or fortune. They are mostly left alone when it comes to periods of war- they have proved to be excellent at defending their ancestral home, time and time again. Like the Therans, and unlike humans, they live long but do not reproduce quickly- thusly their society has advanced without becoming exceedingly large. They are considered somewhat secretive by the other kingdoms, and preserve ancient knowledge and technology; though generally not for the purposes of making war, they do possess ancient armor and weapons made of incredibly strong, light materials. Cerulean buildings have efficient cellars, hot and cold running water, and an expansive infrastructure designed to handle sewage and waste without poisoning the earth beneath their feet. Wineries dot the landscape of the expansive valley, and wine is their main export, as well as their most common vice. Cerulean merchants are always looking for ways to acquire literature, artifacts, and high quality alcoholic beverages from the other kingdoms. Ancient roadways, crafted to allow passage through the forest without harming the trees within, wind their ways east to Arithiel, and to the southwest, toward Crossroads and south toward the main road into Naera. An overgrown, disused road once connected Cerule and Arithiel to the flooded Theran city of Piirgos to the north, but Piirgos has long since been abandoned.