Thursday, November 23, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #326

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #326 

November 23rd, 2023 

  • Number: 326 

  • Name: Deep Dive on an Area of Interest: Diocese of the Taq’Alay’Sut - Part 4 

  • Location: Northeast corner of the City-State of Ceannar 

  • Population (approx.): 7,323 (Parish of Uma) 

  • Brief: The Diocese of the Taq’Alay’Sut is ruled by the Hexad Council, six high priests, one appointed by each church and serving until their passing or replacement. The Council led for a period of six years by one of the six, serving to provide direction for the Diocese, represent the Churches in affairs with the City-State and most importantly, holds a tie-breaking vote when the Hexad Council is split 3-3 on a matter. Eada Brightwalker, cleric of Qha, currently leads the community. Next in line (per the traditional cycle of Day-Fire-Earth-Night-Water-Air) is Kelxin Nurqull, the head cleric of the church of Nin, which has given many in the Diocese pause, for Kelxin is very much a proponent of the “hard option” (strong or coarse magicks). 

  • Zinna Flowerbreeze, 412, female Elf, is the head chaplain of Uma, 2nd to the Church’s High Priest. She is sturdy and has lovely, flowing blond hair, which she dyes blue. She wears blue eyeglasses that enhance her sea-green eyes. Zinna loves to wear sweeping gowns that reflect all the colors of the sea. She wears a straw hat covered with shells and sea stones during church ceremonies. Her favorite tool is a wand that creates a water shield and can shoot water missiles. 

  • Zinna began life near the Hethichol Sea. She received a calling from Uma when she was twelve. The local cleric of Uma, Kora Nisk, visited her family and told them that Zinna should come and live at the local boarding school. The church would pay for her education, and in exchange, she would dedicate the first fifty years of her life to spreading the word of Uma. Zinna gladly did this and has done various things, from adventuring to living in a monastery. 

  • Zinna lives in a medium-sized house with a large pool of water next to the temple of Uma in the Parish seat. She is happily married to Edgar, 414, male Elf. They have many children and dozens of grandchildren. Edgar and Zinna live alone but have room for people when they fall on hard times. Zinna loves to bake bread and cookies. She also loves to read and has several bookcases filled with books. 

  • Zinna is friendly with Bel Greenleaf, a priest of the church of Ayr. The two hold joint services four times a year, switching between each other’s chapels. The two churches also throw a fair and parade once a year at the Hall of the Taq’Alay’Sut. Zinna has a grudging respect for Kelxin Nurqull, 50, male Dragonborn, the head cleric of the church of Nin, but she goes out of her way to avoid him. Some rumors have been circulating that Kelxin will attempt to burn down some tents during the next fair (something about the “softness” of the entire affair). 

  • Geography: The Parish of Uma is bordered on the south by the Hall of the Taq’Alay’Sut (location 3) and the port of East’Arbor (location 1) and to the north by the coast of Staplefish Bay. The Parish seat (location 6 see below) is a large temple complex and surrounding town stretching for 2 miles along a rise above the white sands of the Bay. A natural breakwater composed of an ancient semi-circular ring of coral reef encloses a lagoon filled with fishing boats and yachts. The Parish of Uma covers about 325 square miles of coastal terrain, dotted with fields, pastures and woods. 

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