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Zirnakaynin
Zirnakaynin
(City)
Titles Last Home of the Elves
Nation Darklands
Region Sekamina
Size Metropolis
Population 55,340
Demographics 77% drow, 6% duergar, 5% troglodyte, 3% dark folk, 3% ghoul, 2% tiefling, 2% derro, 2% other
Government Noble houses
Alignment Chaotic evil
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Source: Endless Night, pg(s). 49

The massive city of Zirnakaynin (pronounced zeer-nuh-KAY-nin)[1] is not only the largest drow settlement, but also the most populous city in the Darklands. It has stood for over eight millennia and spreads out over three enormous caverns in the realm of Sekamina, far below the surface nation of Nirmathas.[2]

History

Zirnakaynin was the first settlement founded by the drow after their transformation during the Age of Darkness.[3]

Geography

The city is separated into three distinct caverns, each with their own populations and flavor, though all are decidedly drow. From top to bottom they are Eirdrisseir, the home of the nobility, Cocyrdavarin, the largest cavern and primary residence of merchants and other non-nobles, and Rygirnan, undercity of slaves and industry.[2] The city itself is quite impressive, with grand vistas contrasted by lethal crevasses, and covered in buildings that mirror the twisted cruelty of the dark elves themselves.[3]

Cocyrdavarin

The massive cavern of Cocyrdavarin is home to the majority of Zirnakaynin's inhabitants, including most of its non-noble inhabitants. It is also the only part of the city that non-drow are allowed access to, although outsiders should expect only contempt from the drow. Visitors of other races are seen as below even slaves in social standing, an attitude that the matriarchs of the various noble houses wish to change, as foreign trade brings great wealth to the drow capital.[2]

Government

Even though the city is ostensibly governed by the twelve noble houses, the matriarchs only enforce the laws which benefit them personally, leaving Zirnakaynin in a state of de facto anarchy most of the time. This lack of laws means that open conflict and riots are a common sight in the city streets.[2]

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