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Moram’s Rocks: This site was once an Ursani village, destroyed by the Vultani Alliance. Its yellow buildings are still here, though it is mainly overgrown. The Ursani believe it is haunted by the slain ghosts of their ancestors, and it is avoided by them. The site is named for the eight large standing stones which were erected on the overlooking hill, centuries ago. Once the centre of the Ursani religion and the gathering place for the tribes, they now stand lonely. A vast tomb was once built under the rocks, a shrine to all the dead chieftains; great treasure is reputed to held there.

The stone circle was the location of the signing of the treaty of Moram and the official establishment of the Tribal Union. The ruined city is haunted by wights, the restless spirits of the Ursani.

Vanalia- This once-glorious Elven city was razed by the Vultani in the fourth age. Once occupied by the Vultani, they left long ago and it has since become home to an Ursani tribe. The Vanalik, as they call themselves, were an off-shoot from Sakam, and left following a disagreement over who should be chief. The Vanalik have lived in Vanalia for a hundred years now. The once beautiful silver spires still stand, though most are ruined. The sacred orchids have become overgrown, and the great halls now serve as shrines to the Ursani ancestors. The great cold-forges are still active, however, and have been converted into smithies for the Ursani. Unfortunately, the great library was viewed with contempt by the Ursani, and most of its surviving books were burned for fuel.

Mosima’s Gate- These two large grey stones are located in the Guatavita Hills. They stand on neighbouring hills, built at an angle, and resemble a great gate. They are carved with various depicitions. It is unknown who erected the stones, though the Elven scholars believe they may have been the work of the ancient urlocs. The Vultani believe them to be the gates to Mosima, the land of the Dead, and they believe that this is the place where the Vultani Dead return from during the Uhmbanala. The Vultani are fearful of the place, though in times of desperation they may come here to seek the help of the spirits.

The Elven scholars once studied the place, and they believe it to be an ancient Urlocian portal. Where it leads or how it is activated is still unknown, and the scholars were forced to leave their studies once the Vultani drove them away.

El-Nora- This ruined fortress was once the barracks of the Elven army in Belestar, until it was attacked by the Vultani. It now stands empty, and is barely visible through the vast canopy of foliage and vines which have enveloped it. However, its interior has survived surprisingly well. Its glorious interiors, and most of its weapons and books are still to be found, for those brave enough to enter. Hengestia (Pachunama) herself spent a time here, studying its arcane tomes.

Few people know of its existance now, save for the Elves, and it is well hidden and surrounded by trees. The roads which once led proudly to its gates have long since disappeared and only the occasional eroded statue marks its route.

Trya-Chuma- This ruined ziggurat was once a Pachacaca temple. Its construction was not finished, and the surrounding city never got the chance to be built; its builders were slaughtered by a Zun-Kassa, Zinkazu, before the work could be completed. The Lizard-Centaur felt that the Pachucaca were in his territory, and slaughtered them for their nerve.

The temple is now the meeting place for the Zun-Kassar, once a year at the Celebration of Kassira. Zinkasu makes his home here the rest of the year, along with his vast collections of jewellry (taken from Elves and Imperials), weapons and Pachucaca skulls.

Iaur-Silme- Another Elven city, destroyed by the Vultani. Iaur-Silme, unlike Vanalia, was almost completely destroyed, its towers being hollow shells, and its walls blackened and burned. Only the cave complexes survived, and even these were looted by the Vultani. Treasures still abound, however, as Kissimani, the power-thirsty Zan-Kassa lives here, and it is here where he stores his collection of artifacts.

Other Ruins: Ever since the coming of the Vultani and the other tribal races, Belestar has been a the location of hundreds of tribal wars and attempted genocides. As such, there are many ruins scattered throughout the peninsular- abandoned Morrim Towns, the remains of now-extinct Vultani tribes, Pachacaca temples and Elven fortresses. Any adventurer willing the explore the dense Chaca-Apu jungle or brave the swamps is likely to make his riches- if he survives long enough.....