Fall of the Warlock Kings
A small trade city, originally part of the elf kingdom of Rhodain, and later part of the Sylean Empire. When Rhodain and Sylea obtained different Vicars, Lucent was able to slip free from the grasp of both, and a generation later obtained one of the Warlock Kings for itself, a follower of a Celestial Outer One. The city, despite having no more than 15000 inhabitants, is a great naval power, especially dominating the Sea of Storms and into the Sunset Water. This is because of the favor of the Sea King’s Daughter, the patron goddess of Lucent, who marries a young man of the city and crowns him king of Lucent for however long she is pleased with him. If he angers her, or if she finds him too old or too ugly, and in any case if he dies, the sea becomes hostile. The people of Lucent select a handsome young man who is rowed out into the harbor, to a huge granite rock that rises from the waves, called the Terrible Bower, and there they leave him. As the boat rows away, the goddess rises to the Bower, and looks over the lad. If she finds him pleasing, she kisses him, and then carries him under the sea, returning him to the Bower the next morning with gifts from shipwrecks of jewels and magical items. She will then appear at the Bower any time she wishes to see him, and he must come as quickly as he is able, or the sea will become angry. If she is displeased with the new groom, she will slice his throat with her coral dagger, and kick his body into the sea, and a storm will rise in the sea. The next day, another lad must come, and so on, until she is satisfied. The storm will grow larger and larger, but has never yet been unleashed on Lucent so long as more lads are forthcoming. Once only, just after the Vicar came to Lucent from the White Mountains, did the storm come to them, for the Vicar, after the second lad was rejected, commanded the people of the city to ignore the goddess’s whims. Lucent was nearly destroyed by the ferocity of the storm, and the Vicar was found dead in his bed, his throat jaggedly cut. A new young man was sent out to the rock, and riches flowed into the city. A new Warlock King took up the Vicarage, as well, but the Vicars since that day close to a century ago have been exceedingly cautious of offending the goddess, to the point of deferring to the King of Lucent on most occasions, and so Lucent has, perhaps, the very lightest Vicar’s hand of all. Lucent seeks to control Northren, often with limited success. The city itself is built almost all of wood, sturdy and layered to keep out the winter cold. Fish is the major foodstuff, fish of all sorts, from the simplest to the most exotic, items not seen anywhere else except on the ships of Lucent, as trade goods.