Ontenazu

East Ontenazu/West Ontenazu

Population: 35,000/20,000 (human 51%, dwarf 28%, halfling 15%, elf 4%, other 2%

Government: A board of equally ranked elders

Languages: Officially Ledean, but Veshian and Albadian are also commonly spoken. A few still speak traditional Ontenazu, but the language is fast dying out.
Religion: Enkili, Denev
Currency: Money changers are common and almost any currency will be accepted.
Resources: None, other than a few small mines

Born along the cusp of the great canyonlands, East Ontenazu has grown from little more than a large trading center to a permanent and bustling city. Though it still attracts a high number of merchants due to its location at a juncture where many trading roads converge to cross the high and nearly impassable Kelder peaks, East Ontenazu has grown in size and wealth, attracting many who seek to inhabit this region for reasons of commerce, coin, spirituality or just for the spectacular view. Many who dwell here are connected to the transporting of goods and people across the canyons from one side of the Kelders to another. Accomplished mountaineers and pathfinders become apprentices to the region’s well known and highly respected wind walkers in hopes they can learn to guide others across the wind-swept canyons.

The merchants who have settled here are unlike merchants in many lands; greed does not seem a priority; a sense of ethics and fairness seem to emanate from those who dwell here, including the merchant classes, even those who are relatively new arrivals.

It should be noted that long-time residents of East Ontenazu have a high respect for the Vigils of Vesh, in particular the Beltanian Vigil. Years ago, when King Virduk’s armies sought to conquer these canyonlands to control both means fo crossing the Kelders, the Beltanian Vigil maintained a constant presence within the city and assisted the windwalkers and other Ontenazuan scouts in harassing and sabotaging Calastian efforts. They hold the ‘Fly Vigil’ in high esteem to this day and treat them as fast friends or neighbors.

 

West Ontenazu has always been a place devoted to spirituality, where the canyon of Souls is reflected and meditated upon and many who inhabited the region referred to as West Ontenazu considered any other undertaking to be a defilement of the canyons, which are still viewed as a holy site.

War with Calastia forced the spiritual west and the mercantile east to come together to face a common enemy. Today, with a temporary treaty in place with the Calastian Hegemony, the people of Ontenazu remain wary of the Black Dragon crouched and leering greedily upon their lands, they continue to have a common cause and their cultures have mingled as a result of this. Western Ontenazu is still the region’s spiritual center but it has helped to temper the greed and under-handed ways of many merchants. In turn, the thriving economy of Eastern Ontenazu has brought growth and tolerance to those of the west. Western Ontenazu has a much smaller merchant presence than the east, but trading centers do exist as do businesses that cater to travel and commerce. Of course, great monasteries and a few temples have sprouted up in the west, though many of the natives see the canyon itself and its raging winds as the only temple they require to commune with greater forces.

Ontenazu

Bloodhollow and Beyond - A Vigil of Vesh Campaign WiHa05