Cities of Tirenia: Eridava
Eridava is a populous city of 60,000 located fifty miles south of Selenizia. It lays claim to be the oldest Tarchanian settlement in Tirenia, built when the Tarchanians first crossed the mountains into the subcontinent. It joined the Auromian Empire voluntarily when it called upon the gold dragons to help put down a rebellion, and prospered under its rule. The city suffered during the fall of the Empire, and many of its citizens fled to what would become Selenizia. The two cities have been close ever since, but Eridava was soon eclipsed by the wealth of its daughter city. In 740 A.S. Eridava lost a war against Selenizia and, while it officially maintained its independence, has been all but controlled by that city ever since. In 746 A.S. the Universita degli Studi di Eridava was founded by students and teachers who left Felsina to establish a more liberal university. It is the second oldest university in Tirenia. As a result of the scholars there, Eridava has a reputation as one of the most learned cities in Tirenia, with many wise scientists constantly inquiring about the nature of the world. There are also many famous artists from Eridava. A famous location is the Sword Chapel, which was commissioned for the Order of the Sword of the Knights Austere in 827 A.S. shortly before their dissolution. The chapel has some of the most beautiful frescos in the world. It is now the private chapel of the consuls of Eridava. The city is wealthy due to the presence of the wool trade, the horses that are bred there, and the university, as well as being an important stop for merchants travelling by land to Selenizia.
The most famous son of Eridava was the historian Tito Druso. He lived in the time of Emperor Aurelian, the first of the Auromian Emperors. It was his ambition to write the entire history of Tirenia, and many of the oldest stories survive thanks to his monumental work, although much of it is now lost. In 937 A.S. his sealed lead coffin was discovered. When it was disturbed, it turned out that Druso had been sealed in it because he had become an undead. No one knows the circumstances behind how this happened, but the unliving historian has returned to work, attempting to update his book to the present day. Judging by the size of his work while he was alive, Druso has over seven hundred new chapters to write...
Image: Prà della Valle in Padua. Giovanni Antonio 'Canaletto' Canal, c. 1745.