Aránicer

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• Aránicer

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, headed by Aežon and Aelëa; 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 Ages— 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.