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Kinadu is the capitol city of the T'chaildom.  It's name comes from the Bardu "kina dut'chail" or high seat of the king.  It is home to both the royal court and the high priesthood of Leu,

GeographyEdit

Kinadu was once a small village on a cliff overlooking the sea to the East.  Over time, the great river that runs beside the city has deposited sediment, creating a fertile salt marsh for its delta.  Today, the sea is about a kilometer away from the city, and the salt marsh is used as fields for grazing animals.  Descending the cliff face is made possible via a well-defended switchblading ramp.

Kinadu has two harbours: river traffic is able to tie up along the river banks within the city itself while seagoing vessels must make harbour in the sea bellow.  Because of this, Kinadu is not conidered an ideal sea port, and many merchants prefer to sell their wares in more secure harbours to the North.

MarinnevinnEdit

Kinadu was once a Bardu community called Marinnevinn or sea cliff.  The Bardu did not use Marinnevinn as a capitol due to its proximity to the Daaran border, instead favouring the more defensible city of Dubardua in the north.  According to Bardu legend, the city's greatest threat was not the Daara-jin, but the ocean itself, which threatened to erode the cliff out from under the it.

According to the legend, the queen of the city was a powerful young sorceress named Marina.  In order to save her city, she evoked a spell to hold back the sea using her own body as a talisman.  This was too much, even for as powerful a sorceress as Marina, and she quickly began to falter.  Seeing this, her lover, Evin, cast a spell of his own: this time a binding spell that would tie Marina into the power of the land.  Horrified, the people watched as their queen's body began to swell and calcify, her flesh turning to stone.  Aware that her life was over and afraid of her own slipping sanity, Marina threw herself into the sea where she transformed into a great stony pillar.  Seeing what he had done, Evin was overcome by grief.  He bound his own life force to the cliffs and lept, becoming a second, smaller pillar beside Queen Marina's great one.  From that day on, the cliffs began to grow rather than recede as the river's silt expanded into a majestic delta.

When the T'chaillish took Marinnevinn from the Bardu, they changed the legend, disliking the idea of their capitol having a female Bardu saviour.  In their legend, Marina was an evil queen who attempted to sell the city to the Daara-jin and Evin was the folk hero who overthrew her (quite literally casting her into the sea).  The Bardu tell both stories, trusting the first as more truthful, but admitting the superiority of the other's simple symbolism in which the land conquers the sea that threatens to destroy it.

HistoryEdit

As suggested above,  Kinadu was a Bardu city, that changed hands in the days of T'chaillish conquest.  Marinnevinn had been built to defend against the Daara-jin, so while it was relatively well-defended from the south and the east, it was poorly defended on the north-western Bardu side.  The T'chaillish, having already taken most of the Barddom, had little trouble sweeping through the town to take it by force.

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