Rharne was founded by the Immortal Ilaren
in arc 161. The mountain that the city now sits upon was raised from the grasslands by the Immortal Moseke as a personal favor to Ilaren. At first the only things that sat upon the mountain were Ilaren’s home, what would later become the Lightning Cathedral, and the homes of the few mortals who followed Ilaren at the time.
The history of Rharne begins there, but before Rharne rose to the sky, a small village sat on the edge of Lake Lovalus. Settled early on in human history, circa arc 99, the village was small, quite, and peaceful. Years passed and the settlement prospered until, during the 160th arc, the village was raided by pirates and its population was all but wiped out. Ilaren, who was away from the village at the time, returned to find the settlement destroyed. To commemorate the fallen, Moseke raised the mountain on the edge of Lake Lovalus and Rharne came into existence.
After Ilaren founded the city of Rharne, people slowly started to move to the mountain. Over time, the citizens carved into the stone and from it sprang the Four Quarters. They used the stone that they excavated to build and better the city. At its pinnacle they built the Lightning Cathedral for Ilaren, and at its base they built a wall to protect the city from sharing the same fate of its predecessor.
By the 250th arc, the Glass and Sky Quarters had been completed, and the Earth Quarter was well on its way to being done. During that year, Ilaren marked her first Champion to lead the men in the defense of the city. Shortly after, the Lightning Knights were formed.
Years later, a woman, grief stricken and angry, entered the Lightning Cathedral and demanded to speak with the Immortal of Lightning and Thunder. The woman’s son and husband had died in their service to the Lightning Knights, and in her grief the woman blamed Ilaren for the tragedy. After hearing the woman out, Ilaren led her deeper into the cathedral. A day passed before the two left the cathedral. Both were red-eyed and looked sleep deprived, but the woman was Marked, like the leader of the Lightning Knights, and seemed filled with new purpose. She sent out a call to the women of Rharne, asking for any who would devote themselves to the city and Ilaren herself.
Today, it is widely believed by the majority of the city’s residents that Ilaren wanted to build a thriving city in which to drink and party, and they do their very best to abide by her wishes.
Humans start a settlement on the banks of the Lake Lovalus. Ilaren lives among them, not known as an Immortal, with her daughter Leviana.
Leviana is murdered
Ilaren returns to Emea to confront Faldrun about Leviana’s death.
Settlement is attacked, and razed by pirates during Ilaren’s absence. Ilaren later returns to find the settlement destroyed.
Moseke raises the mountain of Rharne for Ilaren to start a new settlement. Ilaren lays Leviana’s remains to rest at the top of the mountain.
Ilaren’s history is not widely known. PCs must have approval from the city’s Prophets before learning it, as the knowledge can only be obtained from Ilaren herself, a handful of Immortals, or someone very close to Ilaren in the Thunder Priestess faction.]