It was a city that began simply through turmoil and suffering. Near the beginnings of man, when the Immortals first became aware of the existence of humans on Idalos, some believed the mortals to be the cause of strife and death amongst the Immortals, when all but one of the original eight shattered. Faldrun was one of those with the most passionate hatred towards the mortal beings. With little thought he brought down a similar pain that he had experienced upon the humans that inhabited the region around the Heart of the World.
They perished in fire, only ash and bones and ruins left behind as a sign that anyone had called this place home. And for a time, the area around the only volcano on Idalos was left barren, a wasteland. Returning to the other Immortals, Faldrun learnt of a dispute between the creations of the original eight. Some, like Faldrun, found the existence of these mortals abhorrent, and wished to annihilate all, as punishment for the death of their creators. Some were indifferent. But Faldrun found himself distressed to find that some were in favour of supporting the humans.
This dispute was never resolved, and it began a war that has never ended. In search of an army to assist with his cause, Faldrun returned to the Heart of the World, where he resurrected those he had killed. But most did not return as humans - they returned as something far worse, as if their return to life had placed a curse on them. Inside them lived a fire, one that, if provoked, could be the cause of their demise. It was a constant reminder that they lived at the mercy of Faldrun.
It is this fire that rules the lives of all those in Sirothelle, for even those of different races are in danger of being caught in the flames of another. Many times the city was destroyed and rebuilt, until it was decided that Sirothelle should be constructed from stone. In essence, the city is no different to any other; all mortals are fighting to survive, if to a lesser degree than the Aukari. The race was one of the first to enforce slavery, and they will use any race for the purposes of aiding their patron in his war against other Immortals. A resourceful and — peoples, they have designed a number of methods in assisting Faldrun, and are not above any means of keeping his favour.
Some of these methods, along with the very nature of the Aukari, have caused them to be one of the most mistrusted - perhaps even despised - mortal races. But the city, being so close to a volcano, has an abundance of natural resources, and many cities are forced to maintain trading agreements with the Aukari. Metal ores such as tin, silver, gold, copper, zinc and lead can be found in the volcanic rock. Precious stones such as diamonds, whilst relatively uncommon, are not unheard of and, of course, sulphur gases are found in abundance, which can be collected and solidified.
Because of the heat that Sirothelle is exposed to, it is one of the few cities with natural (and filtered) hot water, which, if nothing else, makes the city safe and sanitised. A final advantage of the city’s location is the abundance of fertile soil. The land that was once barren is now rich in minerals, leaving good crops each year and some fruits endemic to the area are also exported to cities across Idalos. There are, of course, many disadvantages to living so close to a volcano, the most obvious being the gases and fumes that rise from the cracks in the land around Sirothelle. These are areas that all Aukari know, and ard are taught to avoid from a young age.