20.11.34 The Undercity of Djeir
Within the deep gorge of the Azdun dungeons, the mighty currents of the river Perilaus are born, forming into a raging river as they plunge ever northward, carving their way deeper and deeper into the flesh of the earth. If any adventurers brave the dangerous waters of this turbulent river and journeys to its end, they shall find themselves within the dark mirror of the Black Lake - a great underground lake stretching for many miles. It is on the shores of the Black Lake that the spires of the city of Djeir rise proudly to the cavernous ceiling. Situated in a hollow beneath the earth, Djeir is the largest and the most advanced city of the underworld, having stood there since the end of the Second Mortal Age. It is populated by graceful, powerful people who call themselves the Djeirani, a race that is rumoured to have been formed from spiders. Highly hierarchial, the Djeirani separate themselves into caste, with the highest class - the nobility - possessing certain physical characteristics that mark them from birth as beings of a higher class. There are rumours that this separation dates back to their creation, though the details remain to be discovered. Djeir is ruled by three Noble Houses, though only one Djeirani sits upon the Amethyst Throne and bears the title of Emperor. The Imperial Palace is a center of activity within this busy city. As all great empires, the city of Djeir is constantly torn by internal politics, with various factions vying for power. Despite inner strife, the city continues to grow and advance, for it is home to many skilled craftsmen, artisans, and warriors. It is rumoured that there are a network of catacombs under the city.