Tenibaru

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Population: 100,120
Official Language: Doiri, Pelek
Climate: Tropical
Dominant Magic Form: Song Spells, Iconography/Sigils

Tenibaru in situated on the border between the Arpaseni and Lahtavin regions of Eastern Verlese. It stands on pillars over the delta of the Enevar River, and was founded as a cultural crossroads for the Pel to the north and the Doir to the south.

It is a vibrant shipping town, featuring the largest commercial docks in E. Verlese, along with the highest rate of international travel. Most foreigners visiting Verlese pass through Tenibaru at some point.

Known to some as the “City on Stilts” it is also affectionately called the “Stinky City”. This is because of the aromas of the mud flats beneath the boardwalks, the mangrove-lined river inland, and the many active seafood markets along the docks to the east, which combine to form a distinctively pungent series of smells.

Where to stay:

There is a variety of accommodation available in Tenibaru. Close to the centre of town is The Arcade, a renovated former government building suitable for those willing to pay for the finer details of comfort. If price is a restrictive factor, try the Gull’s Nest. Overlooking the north eastern docks this cozy hotel, with its attached eating house and bar, has a loyal local clientèle and rooms available on a sliding scale.

What to do/eat/see:

  • Undertown – Beneath Tenibaru lies a series of tidal mud flats, which feature heavily in local lore. Said to be the home of things magical, shapeless, and crawling, the Undertown also draws curious visitors on daily True Crime tours.
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling – Hire one of the many fully equipped boats, complete with a supervising instructor, to take you out to the reefs that sit just offshore. Featuring unique corals and sealife, these reefs run north and south along the coast and are one of the main attractions of the region.
  • Bleeding Cliffs – Roughly an hour’s drive south of Tenibaru lies the northern beginnings of the Bleeding Cliffs. The striking red stone supports steeply rising ground that offers stunning ocean views. Hiking to the top is only recommended to fit travelers. However, there are beaches and picnic areas at the base of the climb that are easily accessible.
  • Seafood – Not only is Tenibaru a coastal city with direct access to the fertile tropical and sub-tropical waters of E. Verlese, but as a cultural crossroads it features menus from a variety of places. One of the best places to appreciate this bounty is, unsurprisingly, the docks. All of the fishing wharves have at least one small eating house, but the north eastern section of the ocean front has the highest density of quality kitchens. There, where the seafood market sprawls from the main town boardwalks down onto a series of pontoons tethered to the wharf, you will find the best meals in town, most available from shack shops and pushcarts.
  • Festivals/Feast Days – Like Carmine City to the south, Tenibaru celebrates a variety of yearly festivals and feast days. The Doir population uphold the two festivals of Panimana and Sakyra, while the Pel recognise Lahtavin New Year in the dry season and the Rain Days in the wet.

How to get there:

Sail internationally, or catch the daily express train from Carmine City. There is also a regular train from the Harrech Peninsula to the north east, and roads from inland Verlese and further north.