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Updated April 20th, 2024 


White Cliffs, Western Lands, Google Gemini
White Cliffs, Western Lands

The White Cliffs extend westward from the Gulf of Mora nearly to the White Water River. The gap between the cliffs and the river is blocked by the Wall of Castillon.

The white cliffs are extremely high -- over 100 feet at the high points and 70 feet at low points. The cliff is extremely hard to traverse because the rock is slick. The rock picks up dew in the morning, which makes it extra difficult to climb. The wetness is absorbed into the rock, which can cause handholds to crumble off the wall when applied with force.

This natural barrier prevents Rastilian lizardmen from being able to rush upward to overwhelm residents to the north.

Astolgondas, White Cliffs, Western Lands
Astolgondas, White Cliffs
Set within the White Cliffs is the Church of Astolgondas. It is positioned facing south. In fact, it was built with tribute to the sun. Its walls are covered with sun god motifs from several pantheons. Visitors will see statues, mosaics, and tapestries that honor Ra, Sol, and Helios in a non-hierarchical fashion.

While the church foundation is firmly fastened to a ledge, corridors are carved within the cliff's face. So, the entire church is a mixture of placed stones, wood frames, and stone tunnels.

As part of the training for male clerics, they must spend a period of time here. There are private rooms within the confines of the cliff, which makes it an excellent location to gain privacy and space for introspection. To prevent further distraction, all of the leadership and service personnel are male. This cite is heavily protected by male paladins from Kornas.

The church remains cloistered to clerics who receive permission to attend from Kornas' clerical leadership. However, this church opens itself to the public once per year: from December 13th to January 1st (New Year's Day). December 25th is New Year's Eve, according to the Sesamaran Calendar.

During these eight days, visitors are allowed to stay for free at the top of the cliff in a specially designed large cabin. They are fed modest meals (hearty soups, chicken, and pork) and can celebrate with a variety of specially prepared rituals. These are the Rituals of Astolgondas.

RitualDescriptionExpected Donation
Midnight MassWeather permitting, an outdoor mass is held. A donation grants the participant a lantern during mass.1s
Candle LightingThis involves lighting a candle and saying a prayer.1c
The PlungeA participant is dunked in an outdoor tub of heated water.1s
PiningDuring a three-hour long mass, participants sing, pray, and wave pine branches.3s
Semi-Private PrayerThis is a small group prayer meeting.2s