The End of the V Age
Erdevan, the capital city of Manöel, was first settled over four thousand years ago. The city was then known as Cualu, and served as a port and fortress for the Kingdom of Ghadra, which covered most of the southern peninsula within present-day Manöel. The site was initially settled due to the natural harbor and abundant fresh water in the local area.
Several thousands of years after its founding, a man named Artur, from Cualu, founded the Kingdom of Manöel.
The city of Erdevan is really two separate cities, loosely connected by a wooden palisade wall. The older part of the city hugs the coast and covers an area about two-thirds of a mile north to south, and one-third of a mile east to west. The coast rises sharply from the harbor, which is protected from the elements and so has eroded very slowly, to a height of approximately seventy five feet, which is the general height of most of the old-town. This part of the city was home, at its peak, to about twenty thousand people, although today, only about half of that number lives within the old city. The area along the harbor is lined with great warehouses and market places that were the scene of much economic activity in the heyday of Manöel, but have since largely fallen into disuse. Much of the southern half of the old city was dedicated to commercial activity, chief of which were the production of fabrics (using wool and linen taken from the interior) and weapons (using the mineral resources taken from the northlands around Azerac). Today, similarly, much of that activity has dried up, although some smithing activity remains.
Approximately three-quarters of a mile west of the old city is Retterhal, the seat of the House of Perros. The name means “Hall of the East” in Manöe. The walled complex comprises a walled central keep, elevated approximately three hundred feet above the rest of the city, with walls reaching up to one hundred feet above the surrounding city. Between these walls and the outer walls can be found a small city, currently home to about four thousand people, most of who are economically linked to the king, his household, the army or the guard. There is only one gate in each of the walls, on the west to the inner keep, and on the east to the suburbs and towards the old city, forcing any attacking force to divert around the walls (or to attempt to scale them). The castle is about thirteen hundred years old.
The enormous size of Retterhal is completely at odds with the appearance and character of its current occupant, Salaun VII, dubbed “The Boy King” by his detractors. Salaun is tall (for his age) and lanky, and is constantly fighting various and sundry ailments and maladies. Even his very throne seems to overwhelm his young frame.
Between these two sections of the city is a suburb, surrounded by a ten to fifteen foot palisade wall. This area is home to about ten thousand residents, and is the poorest and dirtiest part of Erdevan.