The canyon village of Veins.
Veins is a canyon village located near Thor's Volcano.
Upon the opening of the gates of Rael, its trade and economy boomed thus increasing the number of travelers and merchants in the city. One such merchant while staying in Rael heard of a valuable mineral which was black as a beetle, but when exposed to direct sunlight shone brightly with many different colors just like an opal. This mineral, called 'Hetarium', was said to only be found in the southernmost lands of the continent of Arunafeltz, and so the young and ambitious merchant driven by curiosity and opportunity led a small expedition south seeking the famed stone.
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Years ago, Veins was merely a quiet curiosity on the map that only attracted attention from geologists. Situated in the desert valley of a deep canyon, Veins is famous among the scientific community as a source of strange, naturally occurring minerals that were unique to the area. Geologists can still be found studying the native minerals, carefully monitoring the activity of Thor's Volcano, and examining the canyon walls that flank the city. Geologists still can't ascertain whether the perforate, catacomb-like structure of the canyon walls were naturally formed by sandstorms and the geothermic heat from Thor's Volcano, or if these were manmade shelters and tunnels carved into the rocks by the ancient inhabitants of Veins.
The people of Veins in Arunafeltz lived contented lives humbly worshipping their venerated goddess Freyja so they were quite surprised by the trickle of strangely garbed foreigners that were willing to pay high premiums to obtain Hetarium. All these years, the villagers didn't think Hetarium was much different than any other rock in their backyards: it was a glossy black mineral that shined with the colors of opal under bright light, but it was also as common as dirt to them. The Veins villagers didn`t bother to ask why these strangers wanted Hetarium; they simply figured that this was good fortune granted by the will of Freyja and gleefully dug up the Hetarium with shovels in hand.
As the news about Hetarium spread, young men from the cities and wandering nomads flocked to Veins in hopes of profiting from the new black gold.
The small desert town grew larger and more complex as the fortune seekers built lodges, markets, and other businesses to accommodate them. This boomtown developed into the second largest city in Arunafeltz and so the High Temple dispatched a consul to regulate the town's surge in growth and tremendous influx of money.