Everyone is born into one of four cities, Thakria, Mercinae, Parrius or Silverfalls; each possessing an academy and a school that all newborns must join. After graduation, you are free to continue in your city of birth or seek your fortune in another; the choice is yours and each city centres itself around a different creed or ideology...
Thakria, also known as the City of Miracles, lies in the northwest of the continent. Thakria was founded by the first wielders of the dark arts many centuries ago. It is the beating heart of Avalon; the crucible of ambition, passion and relentless drive from whence came more ordained mortals than any other city. Its emblem is the crescent moon, a banner under which conquering armies have marched for over half a thousand years.
Mercinae is Avalon's oldest city, founded as a seaport in the southern reaches of the continent. Styling itself as the City of Light and Justice, its emblem is that of a swan. Mercinaens are an altruistic breed; protecting the weak from the strong and - above all else - acting as the most devout beacon of Light against the darkness of Thakria.
Parrius is the city of the Free, founded as an alternative to those who did not wish to define themselves so narrowly as "good" or "evil". Its ideals are centred around the triplicate of Equality, Liberty and Fraternity; a community of self-proclaimed pirates, united as brothers and sisters under the banner of Freedom. Its emblem is the crossed cutlasses.
Silverfalls was founded from the ashes of ruined Springdale; on the very rubble of the buried city in the wake of the Thakrian invasion of 1268. Initially built by the will of Andromeda and her resolute followers of the time, it was to be a city for the dreamers of Avalon; individuals unfettered and disinterested in the notions of "good", "evil" or "freedom". Its emblem is now that of the lion.