We'll start in Port Metre, Beylend. Perched on the southernmost tip of Berstru, Port Metre is known as the largest port city, and one of the largest cities of any kind, on the continent. Seafaring merchants from seven of the eight countries in Berstru stop here to sell their goods and take on new ones. Port Metre is also
Once we're out of Diopas, we come to Hoaka, and in the center of that country lies our next destination: Elgea, Hoaka's capital. This grand city is considered a center of culture even by the people of other countries (who might normally insist that everything about their own country is the best, whether or not it actually is). One look at the grand Old City, the marble temples, the stately Hall of the Bards, and of course
the elegant Castle Elgea at its center, and you can probably guess why. Elgea is also one of the oldest cities in Berstru, and there's a long-standing debate among historians about whether or not it was actually the first major settlement on the continent.
|The Hall of the Bards|
Leaving Elgea, we continue northwards to Uldea. This is one of the youngest countries in Berstru, so it
From Uldea, we could cross the Dragons' Roost Mountains and return southward down the western half of Berstru. We will not do so, however, for two reasons. First, I haven't done nearly as much worldbuilding in the west as I have in the east, where my stories of Berstru have, for the most part, taken place. Second, very few people venture into the Dragons' Roost Mountains, which split the continent down the middle. Most of the peaks are near-impassable, as far as anyone knows, and most of those who set out to find passes never return. Why not? Some say that it's because the explorers were lost, ran out of food, or some other mundane reason, but most have other ideas. After all, they're called the Dragons' Roost Mountains for a very good reason.
So, that brings us to the end of our tour of Berstru. I hope you enjoyed it!
Calo anor na ven!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)
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