Founded 333 AW
Citizens known as Allestians
Difficult to access on account of the legendary Blue Thick, Alleste’s unique soil composition amidst the otherwise uninhabitable north-eastern Aelioanei has for centuries made it a draw for agrarians seeking for a quieter way of life. The village has never developed beyond sustenance agriculture and animal farming, despite a healthy economy produced by the local jade crafters and annual hunting tourism.
Alleste was the birthplace of Slate Ahn, certainly its most famous inhabitant. His return to the village after starting the Moraine Press Operation, which saw the Book of Knowledge propagated for all humanity, was considered by many to be his most important act, in that he opted for the simple life he had come from despite the boon of all knowledge he gave the rest of the world. This move was the basis for the Ahnite religion.
The Pilgrim Trail from South Airyel terminates in Alleste, though most travelers consider the Blue Bridge to be the end of the route. Those few that complete the entire journey can still visit the stone hut Slate Ahn was born and died in, and enjoy fruit from the same trees that he planted after his epic journey. They trip through the Blue Thick is still difficult, but one of Alm’s most rewarding.
I'm in the home stretch for finishing the Legend of Alm series, after about seven and a half years of concentrated work. It's lagged some months more than others, but that's just my process. I can't force it.
The Final Hour is almost half-finished. It should be a lot of fun.
Remastered covers and definitive texts for the other five books in the series will debut over the coming months, as well. It's hard to let a work go; they say something is never really finished, but I'm really happy with where the books are at now. I'm willing to stand behind these books as well-edited, something I haven't been able to say about some earlier editions.
One of the most important things for this last round of editing has to really set Alm apart from Earth, by having unique names for just about every object. Every tree, every animal. It just increases the immersion in other-wordliness so much. An Encyclopedia of Alm will be available online and for purchase, with pictures and maps. Cross-referencing is fun!
Here comes Spring! Time to go outside!
Founded 570 AW
Citizens known as Aislineans
Aislin’s main focus is education, mainly as the result of influence from the native Oognook culture. Apart from being where Slate Ahn acquired his first pieces of the Book of Knowledge, the city has bestowed many gifts of knowledge on the world, and its schools and universities remain to this day the best on Alm.
Alrifal’s Great Library was built in Aislin after the sage left Proterse, when the ground on which the modern city sits was known as Faolinmead. There were just two cities on Aelioanei before the comings of the Protersian Pilgrims; Faolinmead, at the northern Bin Inlet, and Kraya, near what is now known as Magri. The transformation of Faolinmead into Aislinn sparked much of the island’s evolution, while the city struggled to find its own identity amidst the materialism of the south and the stoicism of the north.
The city today is an important stop for Ahnites and non-believers following Slate Ahn’s Trail, a path that winds from South Airyel to Alleste. Tours of the underground library at the Falls Historic Monument are extremely popular, and should be booked early.