Solanthus is one of the major cities and former capital of Solamnia, located in the Heartlund province, which it is the capital of, founded in about 1817 PC, and was considered to be at the center of Solamnia. Solanthus has been a stronghold for the Knights of Solamnia for many years, losing it only twice, once to the dragonarmies and another to the Knights of Neraka during the War of Souls. Two castles flanked the city, Castle Crownguard to the south, and Castle Solanius to the west. During Ankhar’s War, the city was able to hold of the half-giant’s hordes to allow for Emperor Jaymes Markham to free them. Most people think the city is named after Vinas Solamnus, but it was really named while he was still a young boy. People from Solanthus are called Solanthian.
City Solanthus Nickname None Settlement Type City Country Solamnia Province Heartlund Leader Lord Mayor of Solanthus Population 351 AC – 24,237 421 AC – 23,938 Founded About 1817 PC
The city’s major exports are cattle and grain, and the lands around it to the Vingaard River are some of the most fertile soil in all of Krynn. The city is surrounded by first an old decrepit wall surrounds a ten foot deep moat, then a massive outer curtain wall that is thirty feet thick at the base, and is made of stone packed with sand and reinforced with steel. There are also many archer slits and murder holes in the walls, while three drawbridges span the moat. A gatehouse, each of which is a castle itself, guards each of these drawbridges.
The east road ran directly beneath the parapets of the city wall for a quarter of a mile before reaching the vallenwood gates of the East Gate (which were built during the Age of Dreams), while two more gates are located in the South and West with none out the North. Thorn trees form another natural barrier inside the walls, while spikes are concealed in the ground. Most of the buildings inside the city walls are all made of stone to stop the spread of fire, along with many water wells set up to control fires.
Several inns are located near the three gates leading into the city, and there are many hills located in the southern portion of the city where paved streets can be found climbing steeply up them. Besides all the streets being paved, they are constantly kept clean and well maintained. Many statues of famous figures and public fountains can be found along these streets. The city has long been a center for Solamnic culture, art, and education. It has many great towers, spires, and castles, all of which tower over the walls and can be seen from a great distance. There are also extensive tunnels under the city that were carved by dwarves. Many smugglers and thieves use these tunnels, but the guards and Lord Mayor know of most of the shafts. There are a few that remain unknown even to them.
History of Solanthus
h7. Founding The actual founding of Solanthus is clouded in mystery. One legend tells of a wise man who told a king that Paladine would send a sign as to where to build his new kingdom. During a storm, a lightning bolt hit the spire, and split it in two. The people followed their king to the spire, and took this as a sign from Paladine that this was where to build their new city. They built their village at the foot of the spire.
Another legend is that the Cleft Spires were granted to the Solamnics’ ancestors for aiding the dwarves in a time of need. The site was actually an old dwarven mining community, with many tunnels carved by the dwarves under the city. It is unknown which legend is true about the founding of the city.
Solanthus’ known history began in about 1817 PC, when a few small villages sprang up around a small road fortification. During this time the Solanthian Troubles took place, which led to the Summer of the Soot Sun and the Five Harvest Battles, both of which took place in the villages around the fort.
By 1801 PC, the fort had doubled in size, and changed from a wooden stockade to having masonry walls. The soldiers at the old stockade burned back the forest 1000 paces from the walls as to not to allow cover for an attacking force.
After Vinas reviewed the rebels’ request to be heard about why they rebelled, he joined their cause. His first attack was to besiege Solanthus, and did so in 1799 PC. This siege would last until 1796 PC, and would be named the War of Ice Tears, an event of the Rose Rebellion. The city fell to Vinas with hardly any loss of life, and Solanthus joined with Vinas’ army. Following Vinas’ victory, Solanthus joined with the new nation of Solamnia.
Over the years, Solanthus became a place where the Lord Knights would rule the Knights of Solamnia from, and the traditional capital of Solamnia. In the years just prior to the Cataclysm, Solamnia and Solanthus were betrayed by those of Lemish. The people of Lemish equiped Goblin and Hobgoblin to attack Solanthus. In what was termed the Battle of Blackblood, the Solamnic Knights were able to defeat the hordes that came to attack them and the city. Solanthus was a defensive spot from then until the Cataclysm struck.