Grand Metropolis of Terminus
Terminus is the northernmost city in Araevis. The current city was founded almost five hundred years ago, prior to the Cataclysm that devastated the planet. Together with the mountains that surrounded it, the city served as a safe haven in those dark times, accepting refugees from all countries and races. Even then, it was known that the original city predated the current one, but it was more than one hundred years later, when the world was beginning to recover, that archaeologists were able to discover the extent of that truth.
Terminus has existed longer than recorded history, yet was already advanced far beyond that current time. It is commonly said to have been created by the Viskar themselves. While delving into the underground ruins of the ancient city, the people of Terminus made a breathtaking discovery: sealed, forgotten rooms beneath the city held strange machinery, writing in unknown and indecipherable language, and most significantly, the Demvir.
Surrounded by mountains to the north, east, and south, the city itself experiences short days, waiting for the sun to crest over the mountain peaks. In modern times, the city has expanded far beyond its roots as a stronghold. All races and countries are still welcome as citizens of the sprawling metropolis, with sections of the city sporting architecture and cultures from all over the world.
The city extends underground, both the excavated ruins of Old Terminus and newly crafted tunnels and chambers; the main city stretches across the entire valley between the mountains, with the wealthiest and most important buildings climbing up the sides of the mountains themselves; most notably the Arcanum’s tower, Speculum Sorcere, soars high overhead, such that morning sunlight finds the headmaster’s chambers hours before the rest of the city. To the west of the city, there are expansive stretches of farmland, bringing much needed sustenance to the remote metropolis.
Hunters wander the surrounding mountains and the trackless wastes to the north for wild game, while the nearby great lake has fleets of fishing boats sailing year-round. Even with so many abundant resources nearby, however, Terminus isn’t fully self-sufficient. Shipments are imported from around the world, coming in by airship at the Elata Spiritus Dock in the southeast or brought in from the port city of Avelyn in the west.