Airyel, (North and South)
Founded: 236 AW
Citizens known as Airyelians
Airyel was originally the name for only one of Aelioanei’s south-eastern cities. Airyel Proper, as it is now known to history, was the first settlement built by the earliest waves of Pilgrims from Proterse. When the city grew too big for its small footprint, the monied established North Airyel twenty miles north, to be later moved fifteen miles further, after an earthquake. The valley the Airyelians claimed after the earthquake had long been a spiritual retreat for monks of the Lumina Practice, and the monks’ sad displacement is remembered as the Flood of Tears.
In the time of Slate Ahn, South Airyel was falling into destitution despite its continued industrial production. Sewage and plumbing problems made for miserable living conditions, though the factory workers could do little without regulatory legislation from their greedy representatives. North Airyel, on the other hand, was where the wealthy retirees from South Airyel poured their funds into the arts, patronizing some of the world’s most famous painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, scientists, and astronomers. In the time of the Airyelian Rennaissance, no other city on Alm could claim as much success.
Both cities fell into disrepair after the Second Fall, when a vastly diminished population saw a turn to primitivism. The pieces of the cities were repurposed into huts and fortresses, as small-scale civil war threatened to overtake the island of Aelioanei. It was only after the Renascence Quest restored warmth to the planet that North and South Airyel rose again. Their narrative and rich collection of art make them both world-class cities today.