Borrel is the capital city of Pemembras and the hometown of our protagonist, Ireen and her family.

History

Borrel is one of the oldest cities in Themble, and has changed ownership of several countries within its long history. The early history is lost, but it is known that the city – back then a town – predates the Feylands by at least a hundred years. Much of the knowledge of pre-Feylands Borrel has been lost or destroyed, but archaeologists generally conclude that Borrel was once one of the largest towns in Themble when Fey occupied the province. Based off of surviving archaeological records, Borrel may have been partially destroyed just before or after the creation of the Feylands.

By the early 100’s, Borrel had the population of about 10,000 creatures and was a growing port city. As trade increased due to technological advancements, Borrel became a regional epicenter of trade and government as the centuries passed. Many notable businesses made Borrel their home, including the late Red Swallow Freight.

When Pemembras came into power in the 460’s, Borrel became the capital city, which it remained until the Black King overthrew Pemembras in 774 at the end of the Second Maithan War.

Nowadays, the population of Borrel is somewhere around 200,000 citizens. The Black King is currently remaining in Borrel to encourage the transition from Pemembran rule to Maithan. However, the Maithan government continues to run into opposition from the Revolutionaries, a small but dedicated band of Pemembran citizens.

Notable Locations

The Borrelian Palace

The Borrelian Palace is the former seat of government for the entire country of Pemembras before it was conquered by the Black King in spring of 774.

The Borrelian Temple of Ravieka

A architectural marvel, the Temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims a year and is infamous for its stunning mosaics and sculptures.

Crown Street

Crown Street runs from the beginning of the city border and along the edge of the Borrelian Palace’s walls. On the opposite side of the wall is a prolific shopping district selling elite goods, from tailored silk robes to diamond-encrusted necklaces.

Carcella’s

Carcella’s is the restaurant that Ireen works at, and that her friend and former mentor, Carcella, owns. Carcella’s is located on Goby Way by the Capoc Canal, and only two blocks away from Eset Street.

Capoc Canal

This man-made canal was originally built to transport goods by small boat to seaworthy ships. However, the trade district

Eset Street

Running parallel to the sea, Eset Street is a main thoroughfare with a wide variety of ordinary shops, restaurants, and apartments.

Trade Avenues

Named well, the Trade Avenues are where consumer goods are created. This atrociously smelling district is home to tanners, weavers, potters, smiths, spinners, candlemakers, and more. It is located on the edge of the city, on its eastern border.

Scales Marketplace

Scales Marketplace is a thriving plaza where traders, farmers, and artisans of all sorts ply their wares. One must have a permit in order to sell at Scales Marketplace. It is also a location to hear the news.

Seabird Street

Seabird Street is where Ireen, her parents, and her two younger brothers live.

Stone Pine Circle

Stone Pine Circle is where Suebin’s family lives.

The Blacktip and Other Bathhouses

Borrel sports no fewer than six public bathhouses, and a seventh is resuming construction after the Second Maithan War. Each of the bathhouses were named after a specie of fish that can be caught in the Cenen Sea. The most famous bathhouse is also the smallest: the Blacktip, known for admitting only the most wealthy and prestigious into its ranks. The Marlin Bathhouse is arguably the largest and most stunning public bathhouse, but Ireen and her family prefer the one closer to their homes, the Stringray. 

Lavender Row

Ireen and Golgi’s favorite bakery is Lavender Row.

Chalic’s Choice

Ireen’s personal favorite place to purchase produce and other goods if Scales Marketplace is closed.

Citizens

Antona – Female human. Ireen’s mother and a basketweaver.

Carcella – Female coyote therio. The owner and chef of the restaurant Carcella’s.

Golgi – Male minotaur. Carcella’s longtime friend and fellow chef.

Gren – Male coyote therio. Carcella’s husband.

Ireen – Female human. Our protagonist, a friendly, outgoing chef.

Luca – Male human. Ireen’s youngest brother, an adventurer.

Neto – Male human. Ireen’s younger brother, a dreamer.

Partridge – Female human. Suebin and Talem’s youngest daughter.

Sanson – Male human. Suebin and Talem’s shy son.

Sejon  Male human. Ireen’s father, a commercial fisherman.

Suebin –Female human. Ireen’s older sister and Talem’s wife.

Talem – Male human. Suebin’s husband, as involved in politics as his wife.

Tepen Ranco – Male griffin (deceased). Former king of Pemembras.

Carcella’s Restaurant Staff – Short biographies for each of Ireen’s co-workers.