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 The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary



An Island in the Maritanis

The Sanctuary
An Island in the Maritanis

Location:In the Maritanis
Associated Canon Tales:None
See Also:
Lyrielle, Maleficent, Merkind, Pirates
It is believed that no one in Ga'leah can recall the origin of the Sanctuary, though the Gods and the Fae of Allutheria remember it well enough. To the other denizens of Ga'leah, however, it is simply a magical island within the Maritanis that has existed for as long as any living Human can remember. It is a magical island on which all acts of violence, physical or magical are barred by Godly enchantments. Because of the peaceful nature of the Sanctuary, for a long time, it was the only location in which Humans could interact with the Merkind regularly until the relocation of the capital city of Mahrielle to the Sea of Lyrielle.

Location & Geography



The Sanctuary is a highly irregular island located of the coast of Xehacora in the southern Maritanis. Because of the nearly 400 miles of coastline provided by a plethora of inlets and bays, it is difficult to measure the exact length or width of the island. The heavily indented coastline is littered with sea arches, caves, and waterfalls. The land itself rises in a slow grade from the lowest areas in the south to the more beautiful cliffs on the northern edges of the island. Much of the Sanctuary is home to an array of plant-life, but there are no animals (of land or the air) that are native to or spend time on the Sanctuary. Strangely enough, the birds seem to go out of their way to avoid it. Whether this is because of the enchantment that preserves the peace there or not is anyone's guess.

To the east lies the remains of the island's true purpose as a meeting place for Merkind and Human alike. In this area, the water is extremely deep with an intricate network of floating and anchored docks set into the beach itself that extend far out in the water of the bay. The docks are constructed so as to allow the Merkind and Humans to display, sell, and trade a variety of goods in an amphibious environment that was comfortable for both species.

Further out, there are a few structures beneath the oceans, places for the visiting Merkind to sleep and perhaps even celebrate. On the land near to the marketplace, lie empty housing structures as well to provide Human visitors the same luxuries. Fishermen, and even Pirates, would sometimes use the houses on the Sanctuary as a waystation on their aquatic travels, spending several nights or even weeks there before moving on. However, there were never year round residents on the Sanctuary.

The weather on the Sanctuary is generally warm and somewhat tropical. It is prone to the same storms as the coasts of Ga'leah but has a nearly perpetual summer-like feel which also made it a prime location for holidays for those with the means to travel there.

History



Although many believe that no one knows the origin of the Sanctuary, the Gods and Goddesses of Ga'leah know the terrible story which accompanies its existence.

The Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Adora the Bleeding Heart, was distraught by the disharmony in the oceans. She wished to see the Pirates and Merkind put aside their jealousy of each other and live in peace. Although rules had been placed over the Pantheon to prevent the Gods from meddling in each others’ domains, Adora created the Sanctuary in the Coming Tide's ocean as a place of magical peace and tranquility. No act of violence, magical or physical, could be enacted upon the Sanctuary. It was to be a place where Humans and Merkind could interact without fear.

But the Coming Tide was furious by the intrusion and Adora was punished for her transgression, wiped from the memories of all but the Gods and the Fae and stripped of her Godhood. The Sanctuary itself was left untouched to stand as a warning to the rest of the Pantheon never to trespass against the domain of another God or Goddess lest they suffer the same fate as Adora.

For centuries the Sanctuary was utilized by the Merkind and Humanity for the purpose for which it was created. In time, however, jealousy and mistrust between Pirates and Merkind eventually drove many of the Merpeople away from the Sanctuary and it was abandoned to all but the occasional Human visitor.

Something about the magic of the Sanctuary protected it from the creatures of the Blight, that protection wore away gradually until the Blight began an assault on the island. Although the High King, Arthur Pendragon, and his wife Gwenhwyfar were on a short holiday on the island at the time of the assault, they were unable to drive back the creatures of the Blight and were forced to flee.

With the onset of the Ocean Blight, it was believed that the Sanctuary was lost to the Blight. Now that the Blight has receded, the Island has re-emerged as well, the magic that make it a place of peace and tranquility once more in place as if never disturbed.

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