The Summer Heroes
The river Aera flows out of the Penwold Hills (which, Mount Rhone aside, are only “mountains” in comparison to the rest of Penwith; they’re mostly just craggy hills) north, through the Beltwood Forest. Built on an island on the Aera in the heart of the Beltwood, Aeren was a small trading town prior to the Resettling; indeed, during that time the whole of the Beltwood was only sparsely populated. After the fall of Liria, however, the bulk of House Etryse, one of the tribes of Lyria, chose to settle in the Beltwood, and in Aeren in particular. One of the smaller Lirian tribes, the Etryse are a quiet and spiritual people devoted to nature. Both by choice and by social castigation they were relative outcasts on Liria, and chose the Beltwood in part because of the isolation it afforded them. After the Etryse arrived Aeren was built up into an elegant arboreal city, and the rest of the Beltwood began to be more settled. Though they value their relative isolation, Aeren is by no means cut off from Penwith; it serves as the primary link between the south and the north, and its people are well-known for their hospitality.