It’s hard to believe this city used to be a major port centuries and centuries ago, the centre of all commerce throughout the provinces during the Golden Age of the city and a major influence, both culturally and economically in Aludin.
This was obviously at a time when the large expanse to its east (now forming a natural border with Decabia, Lemekia at present, is also the furthest city east of Aludin) was once a river called the Tellillos.
This river spread throughout most of Aludin, up north it eventually split into many tributaries which filled Omion, in those days called the bridge between the eastern provinces and Varrahal, now known as Decabia. The river split into two further north and headed west throughout the entire province of Tueley, even entering Celia territory.
To the south of this river, including Lemekia, rich plains filled the land, whereas to the north of this split, bogs and swamps filled the lands, which in those days were filled with small tribes and bandits which for centuries plagued the southern provinces and Omion.
It was said that during its heyday, the entire Tellillos river was filled with boats, ships and vessels, their sails coloured the river with the different colours and symbols of the many villages and cities from all corners of the known world.
As is the case with all major capital cities of each province, it was one of the original Nephlin who began construction of this city by building the famous Red Dome on the riverbank, which still stands today and it is said its glow at sunrise and sunset is said to be seen from miles away.
The Red Dome is one of the major Temples in each province, each having been built around the lives of the first Nephlin as they ventured and established the provinces that still stand to this day.
It is said to be the oldest Temple though and the red stone that makes up the dome of the Temple has never been found again throughout Tueley. Saganuey is sometimes mistaken for being Tueley’s Temple but Celia’s province used to stretch further east until the the Tellillos run dry.
At first a city built for Nephlin base, it slowly became a central hub once the potential was realised for quick and easier travel to transport goods and people from the Sumai peninsula and Lyecan Lands to the south and to Morrsupel-Heim and Omion to the north.
It was once this city started to grow in size and the largest port the world has ever seen was built along the riverbank, that the first Families of Merchants began to form, some of their lineages, even more than 3,000 years later, is still said to be running and eventually the city experienced a change.
The workers and small fishermen that had made Lemekia their home where slowly forced out by the rapidly emerging rich class of merchants that sniffed out the chance to establish dynasties of trade and for a while, this created tension, as camps that ran down the Tellillos river set up by the poor starting building a bad reputation.
They were accused of attacking travelling merchants and normal travellers, attacking ships in the dead of night and living by no code. That side of the river eventually became known as the Shadow Of The Dome, due to the black market trade which at one point, grew more profitable than legally trading in Lemekia.
After almost a century of tension and turmoil between the two societies which had formed (including key events such as the Fire Of Lemekia, the Bonfire Rat Abomination and the Twenty Four Hour Battle) Harrial StoneWater, who’s lineage is said to still run to this day, helped broker a peace along with who is considered the most loved and best Leader Of Lemekia in its history.
Salemun Derrese, a rich and powerful merchant of poor origins, some say the bastard child of one of the most feared warlords of the Shadow Of The Dome, after years of making contacts and building trust and relationships on both sides succeeded in brokering peace.
Many of the Black Market Kings, eventually became part of the Merchant Families themselves and the city grew in size once again to accommodate the forgiven thieves, bandits, whores and pirates of the Shadow Of The Dome.
What followed was the Golden Age for Lemekia, ironically, due to a clash of two different ‘people’, it allowed new ways of thinking and inventions to be easily spread and discussed.
Eventually, Lemekia gained a reputation around Aludin, resulting in many smaller villages (called Mu’s today for their names have been lost to history although all the Mu’s surrounding Lemekia have fallen or torn down for resources after the drying of the river) to spring up around it.
Unfortunately around 1,000 years ago, a drought descended down Tueley which lasted for decades, with barely any rainfall and due to also other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, the region was radically transformed so as to become desert.
The Golden Age has reached its end for centuries now for Lemekia and while a great deal of merchants still travel to and by the Red Dome city, it now mostly relies on prestige of its name in this modern day and age, dreaming of a day the light of civilisation will once again shine down onto the Red Dome.
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