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Aránicer [a ˈra ni kɛr] is an ancient metropolis on the upper Svetla, near Lake Como. It was founded by the Meťaiun people, and indeed was the capital of their first kingdom, Meťayu (c. -1150).

The Cuzeians conquered it in -375 and made it their first capital. It was ruled by Inibē’s lineage and was destroyed during the Inibeigo civil wars (-300).

The territory was occupied soon thereafter by a southern Central people, who made it their capital (according to tradition, in -265). Aránicer was one of the first Central kingdoms, and at first was under heavy Cuzeian influence; the elite learned Cuêzi, and they adapted the Cuzeian alphabet to their language around 650. They had their own pantheon of gods:

  • Aežon (Aecton), Lord of the Gods and of Heaven
  • Aelëa (Aelilea), Queen of the Earth, wife of Aežon
  • Kezon (Kaedun), god of Fire, who rebelled against Aežon and became the chief of the demons
  • Éšena (Aescena), goddess of Water, his wife
  • Bečínd (Betcindos), god of Earth
  • Calërea (Calierea), goddess of Life, his wife
  • Peravon (Perabron), god of Iron
  • Uricira (Uricira), goddess of Light, his wife
  • Dúrion (Durreon), god of Rock
  • Áneve (Andevar), goddess of Spirit, his wife

It’s theorized that these are adaptations of Meťaiun gods.

The Arániceri were never conquered by Munkhâsh, and fought tenaciously against the invaders; as late as 1024 it was as strong as Caďinas, and it was first to reach the Ctelm mountains. However, there was perennial conflict with Caďinas over the tolls charged for the southward trade, as well as the Arániceri tendency to harbor Caďinorian dissidents. War broke out in 1497, and in two years the Caďinorians, under the emperor Decanos, had occupied the country. To soften the blow, the Arániceri gods were incorporated into Caďinorian worship as the ‘First Pantheon’.

Aránicer was one of the three most important cities of the Empire, after Ctésifon and Aites. It was hard hit by the Dark Years— nearly every horde sacked it on its way north— but recovered in modern times, though it is now overshadowed by the newer port of Liynnor. It is now part of the confederacy of Svetla.

Etymology: Caď. Araunicaer, Araunicoros, from Cuêzi Araunicoros ‘eagle port’. Bar. Orainikâ.

Notable kings

  • Garďom, ruler during the time of Beretos, pictured as an honorable man fluent in Cuêzi, but planning a war against Cuzei, which Beretos averts
  • Zolaecton, of whom we possess a letter written to the emperor in the 600s, asking when he would move against Munkhâsh rather than his allies
  • Meďdúrion, who reconquered Lake Como in 832
  • Tistecuedros, who reached the Ctelm mountains in 987
  • Durririȟ, the last king, who agreed to merge with Caďinas if it would adopt the First Pantheon; when the emperor Decanos took him up on this, he reneged, upon which his realm was incorporated by force (1497)