Lumineth: Helios, City of the Radiant Dawn (Lore)

It is said that in the Age of Myth seafaring aelves from the Realm of Light, created a city of such splendor that the Gods of Chaos themselves could not gaze directly upon it. Myths tell of the waystone at the center of the city, a relic from the World That Was, a stone steeped in eternal sunlight. This city’s aelves were known for having had towering white-stone walls and fleets of ships sailing on the glittering seas of Hysh. The inhabitants of the city named it Helios, city of the radiant dawn, after its warm weather and unusually long days. The Heliosi were a fair-skinned aelvish breed with a propensity for sailing and ship-craft, their long sleek sandalwood ships patrolled the coastal waters of Hysh weeding out the forces of Chaos wherever they were found. At the end of the Age of Myth, when the Lumineth experienced the Spirefall, Helios fell especially hard as the magic apocalypse tore and hurled chunks of stone from the cliffsides surrounding the city and hurled them into the ocean. To make matters worse, streams of Chaos worshippers poured out of the Realmgates near the city, placing the Lumineth of Helios in a prison of their own making. After successive waves of Chaos invasions Helios eventually fell to ruin and although the city was brought low many of the surviving Lumineth fled into the surrounding country side and into hiding. For an age the descendants of the Lumineth of Helios eked out a living in the ravaged lands of Hysh, carrying on the memories of their former glory. 

When Teclis at last reached the City of Dawn he found the descendants of the Lumineth of Helios and although they had regressed into a primitive warrior culture from necessity, they had preserved the traditions of their elders, honoring martial prowess, justice and sailing skill. The successive generations of aelves had stood firm against Chaos and ultimately succeeded in surviving. It was ultimately the endurance and grit of the Heliosi that convinced Teclis to help rebuild Helios. Teaching them the ways of elemental balance and control Teclis and his brother Tyrion pulled the aelves of Hysh from the ashes to rise again. In hubris laid ruin, in humility lays the path to rebirth.

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Helios has once again become a bustling hub for trade and life in Hysh, her warships patrol the coasts once more and her soldiers, the Sun Legion, defend the city and the outlying areas from bands of roving Beasts of Chaos, sea monsters and other threats. The city is also home to the newly opened White College, an institution for the learning and mastery of the magic of Hysh, shared by the races of Order. The College, a branch of the Celestial Colleges of Azyrheim, maintains an order of human White Battlemages trained and supported by the Lumineth mages, ready to support and empower the Mortal Realms with auras, enchantments and offensive magicks.  In more recent years the city has witnessed the return of the Kharadron Overlords, establishing trade ties with the sky-city of Barak-Zilfin. Although the duardin prove to be mercurial tradesmen they make for staunch allies and loyal friends.

The areas surrounding the city have been mostly cleared of Chaos taint but the warriors of the Sun Legion have rediscovered two realmgates in the surrounding islands that they constantly maintain vigil over, lest the forces of Chaos exploit them to invade Helios and Hysh at wide.

Hysh Map 1 (Helios Area)

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