Rise of the Northern Star
Once a wonder of the First Age, the flying city of Tzatli plunged to the ground during the Usurpation, slaying most of its two million citizens in the process. The death and destruction that accompanied the fall of Tzatli plunged the city’s spiritual reflection into the Underworld nearly intact, and Tzatli’s ghostly population has carried on ever since. Tzatli flies no more. It came to rest in deep, icy valley ringed by tall mountains. The protective shields that kept
the bitter Northern winds out of the city still function after a fashion. When explorers enter the valley where Tzatli rests, they notice that the sky is invariably a deep, sapphire blue
and no stars appear at night. These shields are, alas, merely decorative, and the cold winds chill every part of Tzatli, the coldest inhabited city in the Underworld. Some say the terrible cold of Tzatli is the reason why the people here are so devoid of passion, so incapable of any
true emotion. They are wrong. Tzatli’s people were always cold, for the Solar who built this once-great city did so in order to fulfill her passions and none other. In so doing, she
robbed her people of their very capacity to feel. Today, the ghosts of Tzatli, possessed of more functioning First Age artifacts than any in the Underworld save the Deathlords, cannot be bothered to put their panoply to any good use. Instead, most of Tzatli’s citizens continue on with the same rote tasks they performed in life. For roughly a quarter of the population, these tasks include performing constant menial service on the city’s flying mechanisms, mechanisms that
have not functioned in 15 millennia. Perhaps the real reason that Tzatli’s people seem so weak is self-selection. Nearly every ghost with any real initiative fled the city long ago
to seek refuge in Ydrossos or some other territory, leaving behind those who lacked the courage to face a future outside Tzatli’s storied walls. The most powerful ghost in Tzatli is an ancient spirit now known as [[Shogun Widowmaker[[, one of the few ghosts to still retain his living passions, particularly a passion to rule. The Shogun rules large parts of Tzatli with an iron fist, although there is little need for such brutality. Most of the Shogun’s subjects are barely aware that their former queen has been replaced by a lesser being. Nevertheless, the Shogun’s crystalline legionnaires patrol his domain constantly, looking for any signs of dissent from his subjects or intrusion from rival bosses.
More recently the actions of the People of Diamond Hearth have tested his patience and he has warned them that he will no longer tolerate their incursions into his domain to plunder his resources.