Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #43
Feb 12th 2023
Name: The Sacred Aerie
Location: Northern Flattop Hills north of the capital, Overlook.
Population (approx.): 40-50 plus transient pilgrims
Brief: Centuries ago, as the legends and fables relate, Saint Aestus of Winged Kin of Lagi the Sky, wandered the hills and plains of the southern continent. She came upon a cluster of tall ancient trees upon the hills of Ceannar. Those trees, and the surrounding lesser trees of a forest, were filled with nests of all manner of winged creatures. Aestus made her home here, in a modest cabin on the edges of the woods, and hand-built a chapel to her god Lagi of the Sky so she might study and worship these great creations of Lagi. The winds carried word of the new shrine to others who joined the Saint at the site, where they venerated, cared for and protected the eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. To this day the site is sacred to Lagi and it is said that all the birds, especially the owls, are “superb.”
Geography: The Sacred Aerie can be found in the Flattop Hills about two-thirds of the way between Overlook, to the south, and the coast to the north. The protected area is a roughly circular site about 15-20 miles in diameter, watched by the Skywardens of Lagi and Rangers of associated churches. A narrow trail leads from the west to a small settlement of a half dozen buildings including the Chapel of Saint Aestus, dormitories, an aviary (for treating injured birds), a library and workshop.