Calor

calidum Region

Ignis
Calor
calidum

Standing where the sun sets in the continent of Avarus, the city of Calor has a long history that is as important as Calidum. Even before Amar’s conquest, Calor had always been the center of culture and commerce for the desert tribes. It started out as a tent city, the only sedentary settlement in the region back then. It was a tradition for Calidum nomads to travel all year round across the desert, and stop at Calor at the end of the year for a few days, whether to trade or celebrate their shared struggles crossing the arid landscape and cultural heritage. They would hold The Lantern Festival, to commemorate those who had passed away during the yearlong journey, with the lanterns symbolizing the fiery souls that ascended to Helios. And before tribes left for the desert, they would appoint one person from the tribes to be the city’s protector, who would stay in the city and manage it, while most of the tribes wandered the desolate land.


After King Amar conquered the region, the city became its official capital. He built walls, the Mirage Market, and roads that lead to other areas in the continent, to support the people of Calidum. Their descendants, who call themselves Ignisians, have claimed Calor as their base of operation from where they govern the region. Meanwhile, the rest of the population made a living there as traders, artisans and craftsmen, and warriors.


The city also holds several important sites to Calidum; such as the Mirage Market that is used by the people to sell exotic wares; the Colosseum that started out as a sacred ground to settle disputes in combat, but eventually turned into a gladiator’s arena as a form of entertainment; and the Atheneum, a museum and library that holds artifacts and scriptures from the past. These landmarks are notable due to their pillars and domed roofs, a trait that most Calor buildings have. And another important part of Calor’s culture is its food. Pata, a bread filled with roasted meat, a few spices and vegetables, is the main meal for the people, and the luku, a fried dough ball coated with honey and cinnamon, is a snack usually sold by street vendors when it’s near nighttime.


Without its proud citizens, Calor’s culture and history would fall apart. To the Ignisians, their identity as a society is extremely important. Their values are represented by individuals that have made a name for themselves. The most famous out of all Ignisians is none other than Ignacio, a hero and a leader of the people who started out as a young gladiator trained in the art of war and battle. One day, he saved the city when a dragon named Kilghora was awakened from its slumber and attacked Calor decades ago. Essentially, the creature’s terror was put to an end, when young Ignacio delivered the killing blow, slaying the dragon.


However, the city’s issues did not stop there. As of late, outlaws and bandits have roamed the streets and the city’s outskirts, attacking and stealing from foreign merchants, then handing the stolen items out to their people for free; an act that is claimed by many as both nationalistic and patriotic. If the situation is not soon controlled, it is only a matter of time until these so called patriots and nationalists rise up against their king — which begs the question, which side will the people of Calor choose?