Noramar, the port city on the southern edge of Ethus’s main continent, is in the depths of the month known as the Rotting (late autumn and very early winter), a time where great rains smother the city, powered by the massive lakes on the other side of the Aelar Plains above. The city is awash with the energy of the great Crushjaw Whale Harvest as heroic young fishermen risk life and limb to bring in the powerful migrating species and reap their bounty.
The weather is turning cold and darker by the day. Urchins, not an uncommon site in Noramar’s alleyways and marketplaces, are becoming less commonly seen outside.
Lightning and thunder dance in the clouds above the city, yet never crash upon its crammed, steep rooftops thanks to the blessings of the city’s patron god Sarasoth, Lord of the Tides, and his sister goddess Alomia, the Greywing, Queen of the Winds.
While activity in Noramar never stops, you can sense a bit of worry as the winter advances and the weather turns foul. Sailors seek more favor from the gods to protect them against increasingly dangerous conditions, fights more frequently break out amongst the rowdier patrons at Noramar’s countless taverns, and sightings of desperate creatures outside the walls grow more frequent.
This worry has been compounded as, two days ago, Ilasha Lincrow, the oldest of Noramar’s six high council members, died. News spread rapidly between the tight streets of the city, across its expansive market squares and rattled throughout the docks and temples alike. Rumors abound of various mysterious causes but her family publicly confirmed she was quite ill with Chillbone, a disease that left her in great and increasing pain.
A grand funeral has been announced for two days from now with much of the city leadership to attend the massive procession that will visit each of Noramar’s city gates and ultimately end as her body is carried out to sea for a proper Noramaran water burial.
As the leader of the Lincrow Mercantile House (one of the major houses of the city), Ilasha was instrumental in reopening trade routes to distant lands and held the key to diplomacy with other major cities of Batterhill, Idosker and Silshiver by building a temple to Kantile called the Vault of the Wealthbringer set neatly in the dock area of Hemmar’s Reach which was renamed to Kantile Row. She was able to negotiate its construction despite Noramar being long dominated by and devoted to Sarasoth the Tideweaver, the God of The Terrible Depths who decides the fate of fisherman and ship merchant alike.
Known to be represented at the Funeral
- Ilasha’s consort, Guillard and two daughters Tamare Lincrow and Sera Lincrow
- A large assemblage of her friends and employees
- King Agaston IV and his Queen, Lady Fryss. The four princes will be absent as they are off being tutored in faraway lands for various religious, martial and financial pursuits
- Golamut Oth-Nor, the Half-Orc leader of the city guard and his right hand woman Terea Hark, the well known leader of the Ribbons, the region’s much feared and slightly legal secret police
- Za’ar Breaksail, Younger brother to the brilliant naval engineer which build Noramar’s impressive fleet
- Trestus Oth-Nor, Commander of the Noramaran Army
- Viela Spiresilk, the Coinpurse of Noramar
- The mad prince Vallus Voorhiven who many citizens are curious about because of the reclusive nature of those who live in Voorhiven Spire
- Two councilmembers were known to be out of the city on business: Myr Tallowdraw the great partron of artists and Bardin Arcasta “The Champion of Noramar”
- One notably to be missing is Honrick the Greater of the House Ghest
- Petyr of the Coin, Kantile’s head priest
- Mercenary leaders: Tilos who heads the Iron Rose and Her Ladyship of the Silver Cord Silver Cord’s lead courtesan
- Dockmaster Omwick
- Pellax the lead priest of Sarasoth
- Official diplomats from Batterhill and Idosker and unofficial representatives of major trade families from there as well
- Eightfingers the spokesperson for the Second Scale which is one of the major crime outfits
- Qilsuth Fatebrander, the city’s foremost wizard
Ilasha’s body will be wrapped in fine white and blue silks and will be taken on the traditional caravan planned from the initial funeral service at the Vault of the Wealthbringer, crisscrossing the city to the five gates of Noramar (Crunngild, Norvurgild, Survongild, Ostergild and Estengild) and ending down at the docks where Ilasha’s two daughters will take body on a small rowboat out to sea to perform the final resting rituals. They will be escorted during the first mile by the royal guard of the Maersirri (sea elves). They will return two days later to begin rebuilding the LIncrow Mercantile House and a new Councilmember will be elected shortly thereafter.
- Ilasha was secretly a member of the Greythorns
- Ilasha conspired with a cabal of merchants and thieves in Noramar (especially the Second Scale) to make some dealings with powers from abroad to increase trade there
A fortnight ago a plains elf covered in beautiful hides and ornate eagle’s feathers arrived at Crunngild, the main gate of the city, from what was supposed to be a lost civilization. He was bearing an ancient artifact, the Chalice of Yuro (Yuro was an old Maersirri king) that proved his heritage. The Ordsirri from the Aelar Plains above the city were rumored to be purged by an orc invasion a few generations ago. Not much is known other than that there were some surviving members. He has been in council with Krytth, the leader of the Maersirri in the Tideweaver’s Grotto since his arrival.