Monday, February 14, 2011

Eto: The Desert Rose

In the foothills below the Pillars of the Sun lies Eto, the Rose of the Desert. At first an oasis and trade hub in central Osirion, it grew to a bustling town in the Age of Destiny. Away from the major Osirion cities it was still a valuable location, and that fact is punctuated by the Keleshite fortress overlooking the area. The city itself is a sprawling, organic metropolos that has become the third largest in all of Osirion, thanks to the opening of the central desert to foriegn exploration. Tens of thousands, representing all races, religions, and nations have gathered here. The old town surrounds the water source in the oasis, the next few concentric neighborhoods encompass the mearchants and native population. Beyond that, a combination of hastily constructed mud brick buildings and enormous tent cities. Eto lies the border of the desert and the foothills where there is some sparce and scrublike vegetation. The Mountains to the south are impressive, and between thier influence and that of the oasis, the area is more hospitable than most of the surrounding land, the harse dune sea. The major landmarks are: the Keleshite fortress, now occupied by the Osirion military and the local governor; the Mearchant quarter and market; the temple of Sarenrae which is the largest in Osirion, and is framed by the mountain range; and the grand arena, constructed and surrounded by the Trading Houses of Andoran, each compound an impressive sight on thier own.  

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