The Savage Tide
The city of Sasserine lies perched on the edge of the known world, the last stop before the endless expanse of the Amedio Iungle. It is a hub for trade and home to more than fifteen thousand souls. A bastion of civilization in a realm plagued by piracy, disease, violent weather, and monsters.
Sasserine was founded in -124 CY by a group of pilgrims led by a priest of Wee Jas named (predictably) Sasserine, who was inspired to found the town after receiving a vision. Not much is known about the early times of the city outside of Sasserine’s death in a battle with a marauding black dragon named Zelkarune. However, after her death, the town gradually grew and expanded until it encompassed not merely the area inside the city walls, but a number of farming plantations lying on the outskirts. The success of the city made it a target for raids from pirates as well as attempts of subversion by the Scarlet Brotherhood, which the city would first encounter in 30 CY.
After a time, a family named Teraknian, descended from Sasserine’s lover, began to rule predominantly over the city as lord mayors, taking advice from the clergy of Wee Jas and Kord. In 480, Orren Teraknian, the last of the lord mayors, began a reign of terror, and launched a persecution of the church of Wee Jas in the city. Orren was deposed soon after the city was conquered by the Sea Princes. The Princes kept the existence of Sasserine a secret from the rest of the Flanaess to prevent the city from being taken from them. The subjugation would last for a century, until the Sea Princes were forced to let go of Sasserine due to internal turmoil in their own lands (Read: Assassinated and dethroned by the Scarlet Brotherhood) as a result of the Greyhawk Wars. The city is still recovering from its century-long domination and isolation.
As of 596 CY, The city of Sasserine totals 15,650, with over three-quarters of the population being human. There is a small but sizable population of half-elves and halflings, with the rest of the population composed of minor amounts of dwarves, gnomes, elves, and other demi-humans.
Each of the different districts in the city holds a different patron deity, in particular: Wee Jas in the Noble District, Kord in the Champion’s District, St. Cuthbert in the Cudgel District, Fharlanghn in the Merchant’s District, Olidammara (under an alias) in Shadowshore, and a portmanteau religion composed of the worshippers of sea gods Procan, Xerbo, and Osprem (Collectively known as the Trident) in the Azure District. Religious toleration is prevalent throughout the city, although the churches of Wee Jas and Kord are in a state of cold war that has persisted since the persecution of the Jasadin by Orrin Teraknian.
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