Wrought in Iron
Quar. The city of silver, as they call it. An exporter of precious metals, the mountains it lies near are overflowing with gold and silver, making for a prosperous metal-based society. Quar is the largest city in Hoied, larger than the capitol Baralia.
Quar came into existence about century and a half ago when the country was split at the mountains. The Draconian War was in full swing as the two countries fought, and a small group of exiles escaped the neighboring country, settling when they found gold in the mountains. As the war died down, the settlement grew, attracting traders and merchants, and, as peace emerged between Quar and Baralia, trade routes became prominent. Quickly, the city became the thriving economic center of Hoied it is today.
Lord Sotuda – Sotuda, an elf, was the first leader of Quar, ruling over it for 105 years. These 105 years were peaceful, as the gods smiled upon the city. In this time, the Sky and the Under Sky were completed. Citizens were happy, fed, and the city was new. Sotuda was killed, found stuck in a block of ice. It is suspected the Iron Lords were responsible for this.
Lord Sotuda II – Sotuda II, son of Sotuda, took over after his father passed. Thus began the end of peace. Quar entered into a war with the mountain folk, eventually crushing them and fueling his thirst and rage. Sotuda II transformed the Under Sky into a ghetto for the dwarves, forbidding them from living above ground and forcing them to dig further into the ground. This weakened the economy as many of the miners were dwarves, and while some gold was found underneath the city, it was not close to the amount that was lost. Then, in the event known as the Rush of Sky, Sotuda II was overthrown, and he, his wife, his son, and his daughter were found frozen like Lord Sotuda.
Chief Coswell Ironbasher – After the Rush of Sky, the dwarf Ironbasher took leadership in Quar. He has been leading the city for 20 years, and has done his best to make reperations to what remains of his people. That being said, racism runs rampant between dwarven and elvenkind.
Draconian War – Contrary to what it sounds like, no dragons fought in this war. Rather, the dragonborn of the Baralian side of the mountain fought to claim the now burned city of Rosnia, a holy place for the dragonborn. The war ended with death to many, and resulted in a plague which either killed or forced out the remaining dragonborn, and led to Rosnia burning.
Rush of Sky – The Rush of Sky occurred in a period of 12 hours, completely out of the blue. Those hours began when the dwarves broke through earth leading to the some great evil, causing unspeakable horrors to flood the Under Sky. Fleeing for their lives, the dwarves pushed their way to the top, pickaxes and shovels in hand. Those who managed to escape blocked off the exit, preventing whatever was down there from escaping, but also leading to deaths of many of their dwarven brethren. Having escaped, Coswell Ironbasher had the idea to storm Sky, as they had nothing left to lose. After several more hours, they reached the top of Sky and killed Sotuda II, freezing him and his family in crude blocks of ice. That day, thousands of elves died at the hands of the remaining dwarves, and tens of thousands of dwarves died from the horrors that lie beneath.
Sky – Sky is a towering iron castle a hundred stories high, the home of the royals and center of trade. Fortunately for everyone, it was hardly damaged in the Rush of Sky.
Under Sky – The Under Sky, a city built beneath Quar, began as a very positive addition to the city. It showed the people’s ability to move on from the war and gave jobs to the people of Quar. Once completed, it allowed for an influx of citizens from all around, boosting the economy. Furthermore, adventurers from miles away came to see the Under Sky in all its glory. However, during the reign of Satuda II, it became a dwarven ghetto, and fell into semi-ruin. Upon the day of the Rush of Sky, it was sealed off, and has not been visited since.