[ruling species:: minotaur
[native language:: Common
[monarch(s):: Jarrak (NPC).
APPEARANCE: Sago's temple is crafted from blue-green stone that rises partway from the ocean. The submerged sections are covered with coral. Tall spires connected by elegant arches adorn the structure, and carvings of various sea-dwelling creatures adorn the outer and inner walls. The sea surrounding the temple is as unpredictable as Sago himself, forming whirlpools, standing waves, and various other oceanic oddities without warning. The entire temple rises and subsides with the tides, allowing access to those who are unable to breathe underwater during periods of low tide, but largely submerging during high tide.
CULTURE: Known for their often mercurial moods, the denizens of Sago's temple reflect the often unpredictable nature of the sea. It is common for visitors of any social rank to be invited out upon the waves, only to end up in the water. For the priests and devotees of Sago, how else can one truly appreciate the sea without truly experiencing it?
APPEARANCE: Kytos stands atop a stone outcropping overlooking the sea, and is surrounded by thick tone walls. A mighty citadel stands atop the crag's highest point, and a strong gate bars the entrance to the city from the harbor. Two more gates stand along the wall, and the streets are paved with stone.
CULTURE: Kytos is first and foremost a military stronghold. The inhabitants are soldiers, whether full-time or well-organized and trained militia, standing ready to face any threat to Rhidora. Fenrir holds a place of honor beside Sago, and military training and displays of physical prowess are common. Wrestling is a common sport, with minotaurs locking horns while their hands are tied behind their backs as they try to knock the other to the ground..
APPEARANCE: Sidon is the foremost port in Rhidora. Constructed atop a small island just off of Western Rhidora, the city is connected to the larger island by a long stone causeway. Mighty stone walls protect the city, and a sheltered harbor serves as the anchorage for a multitude of ships. A large market square lies in the center of the city, overlooked by a temple dedicated to Sago, and a mansion for the city's governor. Above the harbor are extensive piers for the numerous skyships that visit.
CULTURE: Life in Sidon revolves around the sea, and trade. Talismans engraved with Sago's image, both dragon and dolphin, are common, and shipbuilders are always in demand. Seafarers and skyfarers rub shoulders with craftsmen and merchants on a regular basis, and tales of events from across the Realms are frequently traded. Anyone with good enough persuasiveness, and a deep enough coin purse, can charter a captain and crew for almost any enterprise.
APPEARANCE: Vrysinas is a massive complex that's palace, temple, and city all rolled up into one enormous structure, nestled in the foothills on Eastern Rhidora. The buildings and towers on the outer edge of the complex are thick and sturdy, but no wall surrounds Vrysinas. For defense, the streets and buildings are arranged in a truly labyrinthine layout that makes it extremely easy to get lost or turned around, wile providing defenders familiar with the layout many opportunities to ambush invaders. The stones are whitewashed, and red columns are common throughout the structure. The royal quarters are located deep within, as are the ceremonial chambers primarily dedicated to Sago. The lower levels extend underground, and are just as convoluted as the rest of the complex. Near the center stands an open courtyard surrounded by a colonnaded terrace.
CULTURE: As the political and religious heart of Rhidora, and for Minotaurs as a whole, Vrysinas is a place that sees many pilgrims coming to pay homage to Sago. Very rarely will a non-minotaur see the inside of Vrysinas, and it is considered a great honor to receive such an allowance. Within, ceremonies are frequent, and the rulers of the minotaur clans meet to discuss trade, settle disputes, and debate on any issues that might arise.