Sites at the Dawn (DRAFT)

By Greg Stafford

Last revision: 7 Mar 2006, completed version available in the Guide to Glorantha.

This is a listing of (many of) the significant places in south/central Genertela at the Dawn. 

These are given as sites because most populations clustered around a single site, and were so small that they had only little influence beyond. Most peoples did not really share borders, but lived with wide areas of Elder Race inhabited wild lands between each other. 

The listing is alphabetical, regardless of size or inhabitants, and follows this format:

NAME. (Other Names)

brief description

location

Inhabitants, or often, people who gather there at its holiest day

Lifestyle

Culture, or significant aspects of tiny cultures

Primary Deities

Other Notes

== UZ HABITATIONS ==

AKEZ LORADAK (Ebonglass, Palace of Black Glass)

Divine palace, uz temple center, trade center

On the Shadow Plateau

6,000 trolls

Troll

trade, hunter gatherer, underground farms

Argan Argar, Esrola

Ezkankekko (the Only Old One) rules from here. 

AKSENA ZA

Tunnel complex

Yolp Mts. 

2,000 trolls

hunter gatherer

troll 

Zorak Zoran, Kyger Litor

EZKORO ROKO

Massive tunnel complex

In Halikiv

3,000 trolls

hunter gatherer

troll 

Kyger Litor

ARANEA KAD (Cragspider’s Mountain)

Crude palatial temple

Dragon Pass, north east

500 trolls

hunter gatherer

troll 

Kyger Litor

HOMBADAKA BOKO (Dancing Ground)

barren valley

trolls

hunter gatherer

troll 

Kyger Litor

trolls

ELDABRI BOKO

sacred site, trading fort

?

300 trolls

trade, hunter gatherer

troll 

Argan Argar, Kyger Litor

KEDESTAGI ENDOBOKO

trading fort

?

500 trolls

hunter gatherer

troll 

Argan Argar

== ALDRYAMI POPULATION CENTERS == 

RIST

Aldryami Forest, Great Tree

SE of Yolp Mts, to Erinflarth River

800 elves, other Aldryami 

wild horticulture 

Aldryami

Aldrya pantheon

ESTON

Aldryami Forest

Elder wilds

300 elves, other Aldryami 

wild horticulture 

Aldryami

Aldrya pantheon

ARAKON

Aldryami Forest, Great Tree

in Arstola Forest 

2000 elves, other Aldryami 

wild horticulture 

Aldryami

Aldrya pantheon

== MOSTALI TUNNEL CITIES == 

KARUR BENVEKARA DASTOGA

dwarf underground city

Jord Mts.

2000 dwarfs

mining, trading

Mostali

Mostal 

DENERA DALA VO

dwarf underground city

Imther Mts.

8000 dwarfs

mining, trading

Mostali

Mostal 

KARUR ELAR TARAS (Greatway)

dwarf underground city

Rockwood Mts. by Dragon Pass

5000 dwarfs

mining, trading

Mostali

Mostal 

DEZIRAMKO CHO AL KALAD (Gemborg)

dwarf underground city

Vent (large volcano in Caladraland)

1000 dwarfs

mining, trading

Mostali

Mostal 

HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

JON BARAT (God Forgot)

Hidden town

Leftarm Isles

200 people, who called themselves Ingareens 

farming, gathering, fishing

Malkioni 

PARANTIKOR BEL (Ivory Plinth, Needle, Tusker Tower)

Temple village 

Between Snakepipe Hollow and the Rockwood Mts.

400 humans

hunter gatherer

Aramites, humans who ride tuskers

Orlanth

Notes: These are human beings, led by Aram Ya Udram, who is the human being serving on the Unity Council. [Later, after Aram’s death, during the Secon Council, these people turn to worship the darkness demon guardian of their temple, and become the “halftrolls” of later times.] 

Tall ivory colored tower, a single tusk from gigantic boar. It is among/atop stone buildings. Tower is 400 feet tall, 25 yards around at the base’s one entry

TOR BALUR [later Plain of Stones] 

Sacred Site

near Red Wyrm River

150 humans, Balurgans

Sacred Horticulture

Old Earth type culture

Balurga (earth goddess), Verhil (earth son/husband)

hillfort-style holy centers, with underground temple

ALKOTH 

Small city, temple center

Junction of Oslir and Erinflarth Rivers

2,500 humans, called (Slavers, Killmen, etc.)

Urban agriculturalists (rice, irrigation)

Dara Happan

Shargash, Oslira, Bijiif

Alkoth City contains many shrines and temples to the Shargash pantheon

TOR VARA [eventually site of city of Hortugarth]

Sacred site

near Red Wyrm River

150 humans, Balurgans

Sacred Horticulture

Old Earth type culture

Balurga (earth goddess), Verhil (earth son/husband)

hillfort-style holy centers, each with underground rituals

temples.

BERENSTEAD 

Hillfort village, temple center

on the Black Eel, south of its confluence with the

1,500 humans, called Berenethtelli

Agriculture

Heortling 

Orlanth, Ernalda

Hill fort encloses Temples of Orlanth and Ernalda, Barntar and Redayalde, and Hyalor

BERTHESTEAD (Arrowstead)

small stead among marshes

about ten miles from the confluence of the Black Eel and Oslir Rivers. 

200 humans, called Deleskarings

Horticulture, trade of arrows to neighbors

Heortling

Odayla (hunter), Deleskar (arrows)

Joranos the Archer created this when he shot an arrow into the air and, after much search, found it again where it had grown into a patch of arrows, ripe for picking. He appointed Deleskar and his family to tend the sacred brush for him until he returned (he never returned).

SOLUNG PLATEAU

Cave temple 

300 humans, called Caladrians

horticulture (slash and burn)

Karkudja (aka Caladrians, firemen, blazeheads)

Caladra, Volcanic Goddess; Kudja, ancestor god

Solung Cave was where these folk emerged from beneath the ground to tend to the skin of the volcano gods. These humans unfailing follow the commands of the dwarfs of Gemborg, who still live inside the Vent. Tessele is the demigoddess leader of this tribe.

ENDAKA (Dital’s Cave)

Clan Gathering Site

About 120 miles from the mouth of the Gorphing River

100 humans

hunter gatherer

Ditaling, Small clan on the Gorphing River

Dital, a hunting spirit

Autumnal meeting site, nearby is secret site where Dital was born

NOCHET

Cyclopean walled town, several temples

Choralinthor Bay, at mouth of the Creekstream River

3,000 humans, called Esrovuli Tribe

Agricultural

Esrolian culture is matriarchal and matrilineal

Esrola, Argan Argar

Nochet, the great walled city, with many shrines; The Esrovuli Tribe began with the women of the Kodgivari tribe, after all the men were slain.

KORAVAKA

the forbidden island Necropolis

island on the Bakana Lake, Malthin River

a couple thousand dead 

rotten

inert, but potential undead

Ty Kora Tek

These are dead from an age forgotten by the Esrovuli. In the Darkness undead came from this place, until the Strong Man built a dam which made the lake that surrounded the necropolis. 

URDRAYSTEAD

Hillfort village, temple comples

on the Oslir River north (downriver) from Kordos Island

1,200 humans, called Forosvuli Tribe

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda (and Urdrya, the cow goddess)

SERIASDOVA (Temple of Serias)

Temple to Orlanth and Ernalda

upper Marzeel River

200 humans, called Garanvuli

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

This is another of the small Star Tribes, saved by their leader, Garan. Serias was his lover, who was the cause for his descent. 

MRALOTHENYI (Pig Hollow)

Sacred Rooting Ground for tribe

in the Old Woods, south of Skyreach Mts. 

400 humans, called Harandings

hunter gatherer

Pig People, with nobles riding upon huge tuskers

Orlanth, Esrola (Ketha) 

Compliant servants to the elves of Arstola Forest

DEKSARHILL 

Orlanth Temple

on the Upper Black Eel, named after Deksar the Grey,

800 humans, called Infithtelli 

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth Greybeard, Ernalda

Deksar was a Lawspeaker who began the recitation of Vingkot’s Law here. [The monster Black Eel apparantly does not go into this stretch of the B.E.River, perhaps because of its shallowness. It is likely that the smaller spawn of the eel are here, but pose less threat.]

HOJASINESTEL (The Barking Ground)

Sacred Autumnal Gathering Place

north of Black Eel R.

Hunter/gatherer

1,000 humans, called Jajalarings 

Jajalaring, aka the Three Dogs

The Dog Peoples, Three Dog Folk

Jajagappa, Keratora, AryelaGenerally these people occupy the lands north of the Black Eel and east of the Oslir, but are known to cross over to the west of the Oslir and on rare occasions south of the Black Eel (mostly to trade maybe humans).  

KARSE

Stone fort, very strong; harbor

200 humans, called Pelaskites

Fishing, trade

expert wooden boat makers

Choralinthor, Pelaskos

KOROLSTEAD

upper Oslir (modern Grazelands)

900 humans, called Koroltes 

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

URAR BAAR

Trading Fort

at the confluence of the Black Eel and Oslira

100 trolls, 300 human slaves, called Lenesterings 

trading post

Troll (Uz)

Argan Argar

KARFONSTEAD

HIll fort with village

Kordros Island

750 humans, called Liornvuli 

Agriculture, 

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

MARANABA

Temple of Maran Gor

at foot of Kero Fin Mt.

200 people, Maganites 

Sacred Horticulture, Temple Keepers, 

prehistoric Earth

Maran Gor the Earth Shaker

NOGATEND (The Feathered Boat(s))

temple on largish boat(s), 

Black Eel and Orslir Rivers, mostly south of Riyestan

1,000 humans, called Nogtendites 

Fishing, gathering

weeders, eelies (ie- guys on the eel river)

Jadarenasa, Mother Loon

These folk benefit from an ancient pact between their goddess and the Black Eel. Upon need, the boat Nogatend becomes a huge living loon, capable of destroying the great Black Eel. [They actually have several of these boats which ply portions of the river, but no one else knows there are several.] The boats are made of reeds and are highly decorated with many types of feathers

ULANINSTEAD 

hill fort, town and temple complex

near the Quivin Gap

1100, Orgovaltes 

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

PENENTELADA (Penentel’s Camp)

walled town, temple

on Aggar River

800 people, called Penentelli 

Hunter gatherer

Heortling

Orlanth the Hunter, Lady of the Wild

Includes the savage Skanthi clan (which remains there on maps for a long time)

RIKALRA (The Flower Ground)

Temple Garden

west bank of Oslir and north of the Black Eel confluence, in Dara Ni

300 humans, called Riyestans 

Horticulture, intensive gardening

Sylilite, but with especially close relations to Rist elves

Riyesta (Earth Mother), Kemar (Seed Father)

SEDENORSHILL

hill temple, near (unused) extensive dolmens, etc. 

just north of Shadow Plateau

300, Sedenorvuli 

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

Here the Star Hero, Sedenor, descended to save the first of his clan from Chaos

SIDARA 

Large field, with a stone goatish statue in center

Imther Mountains, in a pass in the south

300 humans, called Sidarsi 

Pastoral (goats)

Sidarsi (pre-Imtherian)

Sidar the Horned (Goat Father), Miapora (Goat/Mountain Mother)

These people were the only humans who had regular communication with the dwarfs of the Imther mountains). 

(GRIZZLY PEAK)

Sacred Orlanth Hill 

just east of Liornvuli Island. 

No permanent residents

STRAVULSTEAD 

Town, temple enclosed by cyclopean walls

Dragon Pass, east of Kordos Is.

1,000 humans, called Stravuli 

Agriculture

Heortling

Orlanth, Ernalda

here Stravul settled and his followers gathered after his leader, Joranos the Archer, was killed and his lands cursed.

CAFOL

large town, temple complex

northern Sylila, about 60 miles south of Alkoth

2,000 humans, called Sylilings 

Agricultural

Sylilite 

Orlanth (?), ?

GRASSY BATER 

(holy site)

location?

?humans

?horticulture

?

??

NAME? (Arrowstone Vale) 

Use?

in Darani

? humans, called ?

Horticulture

?

??

VARKNATHENDAR (near later Voranel)

Autumnal gatering site

Lakrene, on middle Eringlarth R.

1000 humans, called Talastarings 

hunter gatherer 

Talastari 

nine minor spirits

the “nine Talastari clans” includes the Lanisti clan

LOLON 

village, holy site

1500 humans, called Vanchites 

Hunter gatherer

Vanchite

Heliacal the Sun, Negalla the Green Woman

where Helical used to sit in judgement

(HILL OF GOLD)

Although the Hill of Gold is in their land, it is not a holy place to them.

GOROLFSTEAD

hill fort, temple

on the upper Forantin River (in Billiz)

600 humans, called Vestantes 

Heortling

Agriculture

Orlanth, Ernalda

ARAU (God Howl)

Sacred grove

in the Dog Hills

250 humans, called Votanki 

Votanki, dog people

Hunter gatherer

Votank, brother dog

ZULOX 

Sacred breeding site

in Tork

300 humans

Pastoral (goats)

Zarkosite

Durbaddath (Father Lion), Uryarda (Mother Goat) and Zarkos (their human child, mistakenly called Votank in GRoY p 73)

These people may, at the dawn, be larger in numbers and already in Garsting and Jarst, or they may yet to be driven to those places later when Vanchite agression drove them thither.

== OTHERS ==

HORSHASSU 

dragonewt capital

near Kero Fin

5,000 dragonewts

hunting, raising demibirds, extortion

dragonewt

dragons(?)

BEZDURON

Wasp Nest Cavern 

NW Stormwalk Mts

100 pygmies, called Bezjalaf

hunters

Bezjalaf ride on giagantic wasps

DELUR EYRIE

Cliffside nesting eyrie

Skyreach Mts.

50 Wind Children

Hunting

Wind Children

Orlanth

KARALUR EYRIE

Cliffside nesting eyrie

Rockwood Mts., north of Dragon Pass

100 Wind Children

Hunting

Wind Children

Orlanth

VERALUR EYRIE

Cliffside nesting eyrie

Skyreach Mts.

250 Wind Children

Hunting

Wind Children

Orlanth

SERID YARKASSA (city of Amphobos)

Magical town/port

Rightarm Isles

300 people, 700 newtlings, many others

fishing, gathering

newtling (humans are Pelaskites)

Choralinthor, Pelaskos

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