Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #289
October 17th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Harroe Peoples Palace – Part 2
Location: Capital of County Harroe on the slopes of the Tuton Maug Spur in northeastern Ceannar
Population (approx.): 1,100
Brief: At dawn of time, when Kin appeared in ancient Cean lands, the people had no names. As society developed, related groups (families, extended families or simply friends and companions) gathered enough power (financial, mystical or physical) to declare themselves a People with Name. Centuries ago, the Cean Peoples crossed the ocean to settle this land that they named (the City-State of) Ceannar. The Cean Peoples are composed of a dynamic mix of Peoples of varying numbers and temporal power. Ingar Harroe, Count and Eldest of the Harroe People, is the latest in a long line of rulers of this region. He differs from his father and grandmother for he has not accepted Harroe’s reduced status (since the founding of Ceannar) and works constantly to rebuild his People’s power whether that be via wealth, influence, military power or religious might. At his side, Harroe’s new Steward, Azure of the Genasi, brings a new dynamic to the table, rumored to be unique magical skills or given his looks, some sort of physical connection to the God of Air Lagi (whose Church in the Palace has seen increased interest from certain quarters).
Azure, 54, Air Genasi, is the Steward of Count Ingar Harroe. He has sky-blue skin and striking wavy dark blue hair. His turquoise eyes are sometimes calculating; otherwise, they seem open and friendly. Azure wears a formal outfit of leather pants and embroidered tops every day. He wears a silver pin of the Count's crest on his shirt. Azure loves daggers and poison and always has both on him.
Azure has worked for the Count for a few years. The Count appointed him to boost his political and financial position, and Azure has done just that. Azure has big plans for the Count and aims to guide him to be the prominent local person of note. Azure is not above slowly poisoning the Count's adversaries and has already done so a few times.
Azure's father, Akeef, was a malicious genie who impregnated Violet Pia, female Human, and left to do other things. Bitter for being rejected, Violet raised Azure to be cunning and manipulative. After Violet died, Azure wormed his way into the Count's inner Circle and eliminated the former Steward. Azure lives in a lovely room a level below the Count and has a separate office where he does most of the County's work.
Geography: The central keep of the Harroe Peoples Palace (location1 see below) is a large circular stone structure surrounded by the spires to the Six Gods. The six gates of the palace, between the temples, lead to the great hall in the center of the main level. Below are several levels of servant quarters, workshops, storage and the dungeons in the depths. Above the great hall is a level of various minor halls and meeting rooms. Next are the living quarters of Eldest of the Harroe, Ingar’s closest and/or most trusted relatives, guests and retainers (Azure among them). At the top, encircled by a wide balcony with walkways to the temple spires, are the chambers of the Count himself, his wife and mistresses, and his personal guard.