To look at the creation of Berathion into the modern city it is today, we must begin with the heart of the city, Coris. It is from here that the Berathion became what it is, and without it, there would be no city of which to speak.
When the land of Delagraad was first inhabited, the people were led to the area that would become known as Gimlora. There, the gods showed them a spot that they were to value above all others, the heart of the continent. It became known as Coris.
Clerics were the first leaders of Berathion, showing the way to the people through the difficult times of starting. Many creatures inhabited the lands then, and so it was decided to build a wall around Coris to protect it from anything or anyone who might wish to harm it. The Dwarves were placed in charge because of their excellent building techniques, and under their direction a wall was built that protected Coris from the rest of the world. Being only a small area, the wall surrounding Coris was soon finished. However, people quickly began to build a permanent settlement around the wall, and the Clerics knew they could not use Coris as a shelter if something were to happen. It was decided that a wall would be built, an extension of the Kaliois Mountains in the north to the Elien Sea in the south. Once again, the Dwarves were enlisted to help, and it was through their guidance that the Divine Wall of Gimlora came into being.
In the past many would ask why the wall was not built around the city as a whole, but the Clerics, in their infinite wisdom and foresight, knew their resources would not last, and therefore decided to reinforce a single wall instead of over-extending themselves; one wall would require fewer soldiers to maintain than two. Thanks to their foresight, when the Horde attacked Gimlora, only the western side of the province was overtaken. It was because of the wall and those on it that Coris, Gimlora, and the rest of the areas east of the Kaliois were not invaded and destroyed.
Those who stood proudly on the walls were the Paladins, chosen by the gods to serve as their warriors. Their history can be traced to Clerics who took up arms in the name of their god to protect Coris in those early years. Gradually, they separated themselves into a different group with their own facilities for training, living, and daily affairs. Now Paladins, in addition to serving their god’s interest throughout Delagraad, are charged with the protection of Coris and Gimlora. They serve in three large garrisons at the border roads, on the wall, and within Coris itself. It is due to their strong defense of the wall during the attacks of the Horde that Gimlora never fell.
The city of Berathion has continued to grow since the wall around Coris was built hundreds of years ago. Early on the decision was made to not allow structures built within 100 meters of the wall. This would stop any enemies from using them as protection or launching points when trying to attack the wall. As always, it proved to be an excellent decision.
The city expanded on the eastern and western sides of the wall. Because passage had to be allowed, two large gates were created; the wall’s protectors monitor all who use them. Thick metal plated doors can be lowered in an instant if any threats are recognized, and it makes passage through impossible when the doors are down. No one has ever been able to break through.
Looking at the city, a visitor might ask if there was a plan that was followed. The streets are wide and clean, the market squares are lovely with ample room for all who come, and everyone has access to sanitation and clean water. They are often surprised to learn that there has never been an overarching plan for the layout of the city. It is due to the guidance of the Clerics and Paladins that the city has taken its current layout, another excellent foresight of theirs. They wished the city to reflect the honor of Coris itself, and so have overseen the development of new city sections personally. During the invasion much of the western section was damaged or destroyed, so with utmost diligence, the reconstruction of that portion of Berathion is being actively attended to by the Clerics and Paladins. Their hope is to enhance it beyond its former splendor.
The entrance to Coris is located within the northern gate of the wall. Coris itself is very small, only about 50 meters in diameter. There are many temples within, but because of the limited size none of them are very large. Therefore, only special ceremonies and events take place inside the walls. Within the center, one of the four plots of land does not currently have anything located on it. This is not a mistake as some might assume, but rather this plot has thus far been left untouched for a specific reason. The Clerics, in their honoring of all gods equally, saw it fitting that the rights belong to the gods of a darker nature. However, as of now, none have yet to take up the offer to establish a temple in Coris.
Because of the small size of Coris, Berathion is surrounded by many large temple complexes. Not all of the gods are represented, but many have their main temple located in the surrounding area. Many people who live in Berathion are the families of Clerics. There are also many Paladins and those involved with the running of the training center, though this is generally a more transient population that the Clerics. Next are those who run the inns and public houses that look after the needs of the constant stream of travelers who visit. Of course there are also the general shop owners and staff who support the day to day life of the city. However, there are very few merchants due to the pressure to be fair and accommodating.
Geographically speaking, there is a small river to the east of the city, but it is not large enough for a cargo barges to navigate it except in the early spring runoff. As Berathion was never meant to be a center of trade, the citizens and their delegates are pleased with the limited attention. Berathion is seen in all eyes as a place of worship and reflection.
~Excerpt from :
“Berathion : The Historical Overview of the Blessed Land of the Gods”
Authored : Nelvin Glorihold, 249
Revised : Meric Understudy, Head Librarian, 523