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Joranit is the capital of the Satrapy of Karasal and is the largest city in the province. It is the Empire's only deep water port and has a thriving market supplied by the merchants from the east, west, north and south. Joranit is a mighty fortress that has sorely tried many invading armies through the 1,700 years it has stood.

Harbour sceneThe Star Captain Joran, a hero of the Lenshi people, founded Joranit during the Silver Age, the Time of Kargzant. Joran foresaw great dangers and created a fortress to protect his tribe and their horses. Joranit was built on a basalt outcrop on the southern coast of the White Sea - the outcrop is said to a giant's head - and warded on three sides by the sea itself. To the south, the city is warded by great basaltic walls fronted by a chasm 50m across and up to 200m deep.

Legends say that Joran impaled a sleeping giant with his spear. He twisted the spear and the giant's blood welled up forming the walls. He twisted again and the giant's tears welled up forming the hot springs that keep the city warm. Another twist and the giant's shuddering caused the outcrop to break off from the land around it forming the chasm before the walls.

Joranit is a metropolis, the sixth largest city in the Empire, with a growing population of 28,000. As the meeting place of so many trade and shipping routes, Joranit has a cosmopolitan mixture rivalled only by Glamour itself. Carmanian house traders haggled with Ezarcos kastoki; Dara Happan merchants barter with Karasali slavers; and Darjiini factors trade for Eolian furs.

I know that some out-of-print sources labeled Graclodont as the capital of Karasal. That didn't make much sense to me, having the capital in the remotest possible corner of the province. So, in My tm Glorantha, Joranit is the Summer Capital and Red Fish is the Winter Capital.

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April 15, 2002

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