War of Winds
Cut off from the rest of the world by the darkest forest in Pardeux is the wood elf city of Fekadi. It is home to the most fearsome hunters; hardened by centuries of experience in trapping and ambushing monstrosities. Most people in Pardeux are unaware of the city’s existence, but to the few that have braved the forest, it is a welcome sight.
Just over three centuries ago the Whispering Forest was home to thousands of wood elves in small scattered villages. Each worshiped the god of nature, Rillifane Rallathil, and highly revered the forest in which they hunted. Through the years they began to notice a sudden increase in the number of monsters inhabiting the forest. Some even grew so bold as to attack hunting parties and villages, slaughtering thousands. The disaster has come to be known as The Corruption. Survivors fled to the sacred meadow, Fekadi, which quickly grew into a city fortified by blessed wards and fierce warriors. Some believe The Corruption was a divine culling; that they had not respected the balance of nature and greedily over hunted their game. Others blame King Feldrath whose rampant deforestation forced monsters northward in droves.
Fekadi resides on the northwestern peninsula of Pardeux, completely cut off from the rest of the continent by the Whispering Forest. The city has grown larger than the original meadow, but the citizens refuse to widen it; instead they have merely incorporated the surrounding trees. The coasts of Coral Bay and the Shattering Sea lie just a few miles from the city, but are mostly accessed for fishing rather than trade or travel.
As in the villages before it, the people of Fekadi turn to their priests for guidance. None so much as the high priest, known as the Weirwood, who oversees the entire city. Though the worship of Rillifane Rallathil is usually peaceful, focused on preserving and celebrating the natural world, life on the edge of the Whispering Forest has forced the citizens of Fekadi to take on a new perspective. Most believe that the monstrosities that linger in the dark forest are evil, unnatural, and need to be hunted down to extinction in order to reclaim the lands. A vocal minority insist that the monsters, though dangerous, are a part of the balance their priests preach.
Due to the isolated location of the city and fiercely independent nature of its people, Fekadi’s population is almost entirely comprised of wood elves. Though there are rare exceptions such as half elves or travelers who had gotten lost in the forest and were rescued by a passing hunting party. Despite the great number of people originally living in the northwest, Fekadi only holds 10,733 citizens.
Over the centuries the elves of Fekadi have struggled for their survival. As a result, they have come to value strength and hunting prowess above all else. All citizens are taught how to wield at least one weapon from a young age, and are taken out on their first hunt at the age of twenty. If a group comes across a monster, it will be hunted down, no matter how fearsome. Retreat is unacceptable. If even one member of a hunting party is slain, the rest cannot return without the pelt of the creature that killed them. Social status is often displayed by the number of trophies a hunter has collected, often incorporating them into their armor. If a hunter is maimed, they are given tremendous honors before joining the internal workforce of the city. Though Fekadi does not have much in the way of art, their abundant clay deposits make for gorgeous pottery.
The elves of Fekadi can be considered isolationists. They despise their closest neighbors, the Kingdom of Feldrath and the high elves of A’alenora. Feldrath’s constant deforestation not only violates the tenets of their god, but may have led to The Corruption. Fekadi’s citizens consider the high elves of A’alenora to be incredibly pretentious and cowardly. Circulating rumors claim that the Queen refused to provide aid to villages during The Corruption, but she vehemently denies it. Wood elves currently living in Oradove originated from the west, therefore having many family members in Fekadi. The secluded city does not participate in much trade, preferring to be completely self sufficient.