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The '''Holy City''' began as an outpost of the first Faloran Imperium, situated on the far western border. With the arrival of spirits, a relationship developed between Faloran government and the new arrivals. Spirits were allowed to help in the extension of the Imperium and integration of new peoples via magic. To this end, the emperor gave the spirits this outpost as a place to call their own.
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The '''Holy City '''was once known as Yed Shama, a metropolis and civilization that had isolated itself from the world beyond its borders. When the [[First Faloran Empire]] conquered it, it became the crossroads of the Empire, and thereby grew tremendously in an incredibly short period of time. Yed Shama became the unofifcial capital of the Empire by the time of [[Radiance]]'s seizure of power and the birth of the [[Dominion]].
   
With the death of the last emperor, the fall of the Imperium and the rise of the [[Holy Dominion of Archanicus]], the capital was moved to this outpost from Varantium after a civil war. This place became the Holy City, and many peoples flocked to it to enjoy the high living standards and opportunities that were offered there, helping to administer and run the Dominion. The new capital turned into a rapidly expanding city which soon became a metropolis, relying on the surrounding countryside for sustenance.
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When civil war broke out due to Radiance's despotic reign, it was the [[Arbiter]] who stepped forward to declare [[Common Law]] and restore peace. As part of this peace, Yed Shama became the new capital of the Dominion, overseen by the Arbiter himself. Due to the ancient spells of the self-sufficient people of Yed Shama, and the desire by the [[Archons]] to have a massive reservoir of manpower to feed themselves via Sparks and Pacts, Yed Shama - now the Holy City, grew exponentially, becoming truly gigantic in scale. The Sanctum at its heart was surrounded by wasteland after the land was farmed and desertified , and the city spread outwards from the centre.
   
Some say that the Archons allowed the Holy City to grow to such proportions so that there would be as many humans as possible to spark with and gain influence over, though the truth is not known.
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Shortly before the [[Mockinglord]] was imprisoned, the Arbiter turned the land around the Sanctum into glass.
   
Either way, the Holy City had to continuously gobble up new land to keep itself sustainable. Eventually, regions close to the heart of the City became too complicated to supply with food and resources, and inner city slums became tremendous problems for peace-keeping.
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After the Arbiter died, the Mockinglord was set free, and he wreaked supreme havoc in the Holy City. Without the Wardens to maintain the peace, the metropolis fell into anarchy.
 
As the people of the Holy City travelled outwards, they left behind wasteland. Eventually, this cycle repeated until the Holy City became an urban ring, with a desert in its middle. And at the very heart of that desert lies the Sanctum of the [[Arbiter]], who upholds [[Common Law]]. Life in the Holy City can be harsh unless one is employed directly by an Archon, and the City is so huge it falls between different spheres of influence of the [[Archons]] in other provinces of the Dominion.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 14:28, October 30, 2015

The Holy City was once known as Yed Shama, a metropolis and civilization that had isolated itself from the world beyond its borders. When the First Faloran Empire conquered it, it became the crossroads of the Empire, and thereby grew tremendously in an incredibly short period of time. Yed Shama became the unofifcial capital of the Empire by the time of Radiance's seizure of power and the birth of the Dominion.

When civil war broke out due to Radiance's despotic reign, it was the Arbiter who stepped forward to declare Common Law and restore peace. As part of this peace, Yed Shama became the new capital of the Dominion, overseen by the Arbiter himself. Due to the ancient spells of the self-sufficient people of Yed Shama, and the desire by the Archons to have a massive reservoir of manpower to feed themselves via Sparks and Pacts, Yed Shama - now the Holy City, grew exponentially, becoming truly gigantic in scale. The Sanctum at its heart was surrounded by wasteland after the land was farmed and desertified , and the city spread outwards from the centre.

Shortly before the Mockinglord was imprisoned, the Arbiter turned the land around the Sanctum into glass.

After the Arbiter died, the Mockinglord was set free, and he wreaked supreme havoc in the Holy City. Without the Wardens to maintain the peace, the metropolis fell into anarchy.

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