The City of Lives
A range of large hills near the City. A variety of mining operations provide the City with vital income. The ancestral home of the Sons of Light.
Once upon a time, a group of humans lived by the Heliotrope Cliffs, and some of them migrated to the crux of rivers where the City of Lives now stands — according to legend, guided by the hand of sun-god The Light. These City-builders and rulers of the government came to be known as the Sons of Light, led by the Monarch of Light. The original settlement at the Heliotrope Cliffs declined, as most of the Sons of Light migrated to the City over the next few centuries.
Then the Elder Trio came. From some Far Realm, these godlike beings removed the Monarch of Light from power, and the last remnants of the Heliotrope Cliffs population ended up in the City, leaving it entirely abandoned.
Now, companies from the City mines iron, gold, the titular heliotrope, and other valuable minerals from the Cliffs, and archaeologists unearth the fascinating remnants of the ancient Son of Light culture.
The old Sons of Light had Lightshaping techniques unknown to modern Crafters, as well as taking Blightshifting to a level now unknown [see Blightbound and The Addix], so searching through their ruins always holds the promise of finding ancient and mysterious Relics.
The Heliotrope Cliffs are divided into two distinct areas (conceptually, if not physically): the mines, and the ruins. The mines represent oppression and hard times — the workers are little more than slaves, and nobody has yet built a mine that’s fully safe and easy to work in. On the other hand, the ruins represent lost knowledge, and the hope that it might one day be recovered.