[ruling species:: the Yorijian dragon
[native language:: common
[capital:: the Spire
[coat of arms::
The atmosphere follows the same path that many of the discovered Realms do; in it lays a potent reiatsu surrounding the planet, unseen and rarely felt. It cancels out the electricity and components of anything too technological, such as the wildly advanced machines of the destroyed Earthrealm. At its heart lay the Realm's first Ether, and her purest white reiatsu flows within, invisible but in dire need. Her magic flows through the air and earth equally; when damage is done, it is repaired very quickly, letting the Realm recover in months to the normal few years.
With a deep connection to the gods, many of Yorije's rituals focus around the Felnovian Five. In particular, their worship of the Sun and Moon god prevails over all. They once called Zacyn 'Kyoyan', or father moon before he died; now they focus all of their energy around Lyfe, called 'Saoyan', new moon.
APPEARANCE: Though not a city in truth, the Spire is central to Yorijian Court and its associated brethren located on the Isle of Djomwhetta. Roads and bridges that lead to the great, multilayered tower are white marble cobblestone, bricks of such lining the walls and pillars. The Spire itself resembles a white marble version of Lizzarkyth's vast spirals, though flowing more like a unicorn's horn. If looked at closer, thousands of intricate carvings catch the light, portraying Felnova's history in its entirety. The stories of a thousand souls are here, carved by unseen spirits long, long ago. The Spire is home to three rooms in particular of utmost importance: the Celestial Room, located just beneath the peak; the Room of the Five, where pairbonding rituals are held; and the Spirepeak, the very top.
CULTURE: The Spire is where representatives of each Family gather in the Yorijian Court, led by the esteemed Calypso and her Black Guard, who dwell there in and across the Isle of Djomwhetta. Many rituals are performed within the many rooms, and it serves as a beacon of power and a capital for the entire country.
APPEARANCE: The pride of all Yorije is the city of Doralo. Made of sheer marble and polished, woven pearl, Doralo is a place of legend. Set upon the Greater Reef near the Island of Solariel, it shimmers and sparkles in the rays of the sun, seen both through the water and the swirling Sunstar Whirlpool located at the very heart of Doralo's golden keep. Through this whirlpool the sun and sky can be seen, a connection to the gods heralded as ultimately divine. The tallest towers actually breach the sea and spread into the sun - many Pearls will ascend these towers to sun themselves on their island, where many make their homes.
CULTURE: Doralo is a place mysterious to other Families, primarily for their worship of the moon; here, the sun is their keeper, portrayed in artwork on each ad every wall and door. As such, the rising and setting of the sun is a time of absolute silence, a meaningful part of everyday.
APPEARANCE: The great city of Nokessa is a proud stronghold located deep beneath the ocean, overlooking the vast Driergard Crevasse on the edge of the Forktooth. Built from solid stone and polished shell, its spiraling towers reach towards the water-veiled sky. Each wall is carved with stories of Yorijian dragons' history, including the legend of the Ancient Leviathan that dwells so very near.
CULTURE: Nokessa's Family is that of the esteemed hunters, the Whiteshark. As such, whitesharks are a common sight around the city, and live fin-in-claw with the Family that represents them. Killing of such is considered a crime punishable by death, ranking up with the destruction of one's precious Pearl. At the beginning of each month, a ceremony is held to celebrate the Family's newest hunters, telling tales of their first successful hunt. From this point forward, they are Whiteshark's proven, and thus accepted into the social hierarchy that marks Yorije apart from all else.
APPEARANCE: Located on an island in the Shoalands, Wyyng is the home of the Kingfisher family, and is one of Felnova's most extravagant cities. Built in the shape of a circling wheel, Wyyng's central hub is a fortress with great, crystalline wings like a bird. Crafted through magic, each feather is carved sapphire, beautifully rendered by skillful claws. Its towers, located at points of the compass, are inlaid with precious gemstones and metals, rivaling the work of dwarves. Each wall is tall and imposing, interspersed with multiple turrets manned by hired kaveri guards.
CULTURE: Home of the lighthearted Kingfisher, Wyyng is the location of many competitions between the five Families. Heralded as the home of sports, its tournaments are spoken of even as far as the Myrlands where wolves dwell. Portals open constantly during one of the many flying, swimming or hunting competitions; it's said that knightly skirmishes are being spoken of, and will soon be seen within the crystal-studded walls.
APPEARANCE: The great city of Quihz Wypa is known as the Pearl City for good reason. Located in Yorije, near the Forktooth Reef, it is a city crafted almost entirely from a mixture of bright coral, pearl, and marble. A towering palace that is made entirely of pearl lay at its center, home to the King, a merman loyal to the Yorijian dragons who rule beneath the sea. The rest of the city spirals outward in a wheel shape, with large towers that reach towards the surface of the ocean. Guardhouses and hippocampi stables lay near every spoke of the great wheel, speaking of a large military force.
CULTURE: Quihz Wypa has a political history that spans the ages, existing far before the coming of the Yorijian dragons. As such, their royal line - known as the Trident family - is a revered and storied lineage, even honored by Yorije as a whole. The City often plays host to some of the merfolk's greatest political debating over all things great and small. These debates range from what should be done about the surface dwellers, what goods should be imported and exported, and the most intense debate that is dividing the city: If they should rebel against their Yorijian rulers.
While the current King sits upon his throne, he desires that they continue their peaceful existence under Calypso. However, rebel movements are starting to form and some have been bold enough even call for the replacement of the King with one not of Trident blood. As of now, the city is still loyal to their ruler, but Qiuhz Wypa is fast approaching rare unrest as things get more difficult.
APPEARANCE: Gorlan is located at the heart of an extinct volcano surrounded by the volcanic chain near Driergard Crevasse, protected through magecraft from destruction year-round. A labyrinth of caverns and caves lends insight to the secretive nature of the Firewaters - for an outsider, one could get lost very, very quickly. Most of the city is carved from sheer obsidian and basalt, and lava is crafted into artistic pools and places of warmth. Statues of dragons from legend are found lining the entrance hall guarded by the Firewater Family's soldier-kin, many of which cannot be told apart from their living brethren until it is too late.
CULTURE: Nothing is known of Gorlan and its customs, save that the erupting of a neighboring volcano is a spectacle to see. Crowds of Firewaters gather at this time and pray to the gods for the warmth it gives in the icy sea, and after the eruption, gathering parties are sent to take any precious stones blown away by the explosion.