24.2 Life in Avalon on 1st Leaflost 844.
Here is a summary of political and social situation as it was on the 1st of Leaflost, 844 years since the Divine War. Although the subsequent sections contain more up-to-date information on current hierarchies, the information below might give you an idea of the evolution of the continent.
"Mercinae remains a proud and strong city. Its economy is bustling and robust. The city is led by Isildur, the Swift who masterminds Mercinae's economy and trading. The other Barons are Eshkadeth, Last of the Valheru, Guildmaster of the Mages Guild and de fender of justice in Mercinae and Markus of the Woods, a doughty ranger. Despite recently losing the Guild of Animists because of its war-like stance, Mercinae retains its role as protector of the wronged under the patronage of Castigere, god of justice. Lugonn, the Shining One remains a Baron of Mercinae and representative of the Guild of Animists.
Thakria has decayed much since, but a few years ago, it stood firmly as Avalon's greatest city. Under the leadership of Davros it had overtaken Mercinae and dominated world trading. Its military force of Black Knights had no equal. Now, though, it is only just recovering from the overthrow of Davros as head of the Loremasters. Davros alone remains of the ancient barons of the city. New blood is slowly rising up to replace the old stagnation, ably led by Klassi, Guildmistress of the Loremasters and Belit, the Sorceress. Jaysen and Wease of the Seers and Sophacles of the Loremasters make up the five leaders of Thakria. Slowly the City of Miracles is recovering itself.
Though it begun as the smallest of the three cities, Parrius has blossomed more than any other over the past few years of Avalon's history. After a bloodless overthrow of its pacifist leaders, Falstaff and Nebuchadnezzar, Parrius is now ruled by the Encha nters Procyon and Marie and the Guildmaster of the Astrologers, Lord Urquoth. No longer is it under the thumb of Mercinae, but now stands alone as an economic power rivalling its Mercinaen ally. New citizens arrive each day to bolster the city's numbers and Chapman's Square, its central market, is renowned the world over for its variety of goods. Militarily, though, Parrius remains strong but largely unconcerned with the historical conflict of Mercinae and Thakria. It prefers to forge its own path.
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