Barezeth

BarezethBarezeth is one of the nine ‘kingdoms’ of Askamar. It lies in the cold Outer Reaches of the realm, and is ruled by Lady Liralian.

To many, Barezeth seems a remote and mysterous region. Elenyas roam its forests, while sea-drakes flock along the rocky coasts. Shallow lakes lie among Barezeth’s hills and vales, fringed with rushes. Mists drift over the surface of these waters and swirl among the pine trees, making one place seem much like another.

The Ankaykari regard the Court of Barezeth as a place of healing and serenity, although it was once disliked by some Esu for its reformist ideals. Some call Liralian’s court dull, since she seldom holds banquets and considers the arts frivolous. However, her servants have always been free to speak their minds without fear of punishment, unlike most Nayusuru. Liralian believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and values virtues such as patience and compassion above prowess in battle.

The Geography of Barezeth

Quoraloresea, the elegant Citadel of Barezeth, rises above a meadow between the forest of Beseuran and the mountains of Vayanore. To the east of the Citadel is Daro Iayron, a rugged region with many caves where azuhans form. The river Sanyalar flows through Daro Iayron, past the Gateway of Larrenath which leads to Danyubao.

The other great Gateway of Barezeth is Vanayonath, which lies in the Zothanore mountains and leads to the Dimension of Uragaronare. Liralian has built a tower called Tananath near the Gateway and set the yuyarni of the Zadrosru clan to watch over it, for this is the route through which human hunters most often enter her land.

One of the great rivers of Askamar, the Yuvesoureth (‘River of the Mists’), winds through Barezeth on its journey to the Outer Ocean. The trackless pine forest of Beseuran stands along its banks, spreading north to Imbire. To the east is the Bay of Shasor, where many yuyarni of the Kekugra clan roost. To the far west is Iromorath Nen (‘The Island That Faces The Winter Winds’), where the Yasunhra clan dwell.

To the south, beyond the Vayanore mountains, lies the remote Lake of Namayanth. Its banks are rimed with ice, and frost glitters on the trees around it. Only thick-furred gesagiras and snow-mennats dwell here. The furthest coast of Barezeth is marked by the frozen Jhacazaren mountains; beyond them is nothing but ocean.

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