Ayodhya

Ayodhya
Autocratic Dictatorship
Large, Restricted

Ayodhya is the capitol of the Eternal Solar Empire… or at least what's left of it. Before the Godswar, the Eternal Solar Empire ruled half The Whorl, ruled by priest-kings to Surya where worship of the Sun God was paramount to getting ahead. Surya drew from the priesthood and nobility of the Empire when creating the first Elves, and the Empire formed the core of Surya's armies during his rebellion. 

Today, the Empire consists only of Ayodhya and a few outlying towns. City-states such as Trimurti have surpassed the entire Empire in terms of population and economic output. Ayodhya is a shadow of the past that stubbornly refuses to acknowledge its fading power and authority. Everything about modern Ayodhya is a calculated insult to the gods that has, thus far, skirted just shy of inciting open warfare. Temples to the gods are outlawed with the sole exception of the Grand Temple of the Sun, whose state-sanctioned priesthood continues to venerate the Archfiend despite receiving little to no power from their imprisoned god. Many of the so-called Priests of the Sun are actually warlocks who have forged pacts with Surya despite his chains and wield his power in that fashion.

Ayodhya is the home to most of the remaining high elves in the Whorl. Those who didn't follow Aranyani to become the fae or the wood elves, weren't thrown into Surya’s Prison to become demons and devils, and who didn't change allegiance to Yama to live in the Underworld as dark elves accepted mortality once more and remain clustered here surrounded by the fading symbols of former glory.

The Empire is lead by Rama I, the Immortal Solar Emperor. He claims to be the same Rama as the young Prince who ruled as Emperor during the Godswar when his father went forth to fight, subsequently to be cast into Surya's Prison, and is therefore thousands of years old. Since the whole point of the Godswar was to prevent this sort of immortality, many people outside of Ayodhya wonder what tricks, deceits, or magic the Immortal Solar Emperor uses to maintain the ruse of his Immortality. Within Ayodhya, his subjects (officially) believe that he is, in fact, the last remaining immortal elf in the Whorl, ruling with no heirs, and only a golden statue of his wife Sita, who at the end of the Godswar followed Aranyani, sitting on the Empress's throne beside him.

Ayodhya lies where the Great River flows into the Dawn Sea and is, therefore, on the dawnward side of the Whorl. It still has enough military, political, economic, and sorcerous power to dominate the Dawn Sea and all who live on or around it, but not quite enough to unify them all into the empire it claims to be.

Ayodhya permits only high elves to be full citizens, with all powers of land-ownership and political agency that such citizenship implies. Humans, Tieflings and Dwarves are permitted to purchase a sort of "second-class" citizenship that grants access to the protection of Ayodhya's legal system and police force and permits them to enter into contracts and do business. Dragonborn and Forged are actively illegal, and can be punished by expulsion or imprisonment at any time (although with enough money for bribes, they can do reasonably well here until the money runs out). Everyone else is tolerated, and enters Ayodhya at their own risk. 

Ayodhya openly practices demonology and it is not unusual to see devils or demons bound to physical form by the wizards or warlocks of Ayodhya wandering the streets pursuing their own dark agendas. It is a bright blight and offense to the gods who, nevertheless, have thus far taken no overt action to destroy it.

Ayodhya

The Whorl ardhanari