Asmrel

Known far and wide as “The Golden,” glittering
Asmrel considers itself the height of wealth
and culture in all Umbrara (despite the fact that
Asmrans, just as other Mournans, know nothing of
wider Umbrara). This city of tall, narrow buildings
and stone towers is home to many so-called
“merchant princes.” Even the Just Warrior Palandrin,
ruler of Asmrel, epitomizes the essence of all things
Asmran—style over substance.
Palandrin is a title taken as name by anyone
ascending to Asmrel’s Zamosarr Throne. By
tradition, Palandrin is a mighty warrior-prince, tall
and imposing, but many occupants of the Zamosarr
Throne have never done anything more warlike
than hold a sword grandly after assuming office. At
least two Palandrins have been women employing
magical disguises. Within the city, Palandrin’s word
is law, and he rules until death. Thus, many go
missing when they have upset to many Asmran
merchant princes or Lord Vraezers (the dozen
advisors to the throne) or simply wish to return to a
life of relative obscurity.
Life in the Golden centers around the pursuit
of the latest fashions (dress, cuisine, manners, and
diversions, of which the city offers an endless,
ever-changing parade) and private interests (or
“sophistications”)—anything from collecting the
petrified dung of rare or extinct monsters to
preparing “performances” of magically animated
sculptures, living musicians, and spell-spun images
and phantasms. Many sages, scholars, poets, and
composers of note dwell in Asmrel, which prides
itself on being the epitome of cultural achievement
(bluntly expressed in the old Asmran saying: “Ours
is best”). The rest of Castlemourn knows Asmrel
through its reputation, witticisms, and by the fine
goods produced by its many boot-makers, cobblers,
“taylors” (tailors), and swarashers (makers of hats,
cloaks, and gloves).

Asmrel

Castlemourn JimWayne