Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
The city of Kenabres overlooks the Worldwound of Tartarus from its perch on the eastern bluffs above the West Alfeias river. As the new center of the Elis city-state, it is the gathering place for crusaders headed into the Worldwound, and home to a resolute – if occasionally overzealous – group of defenders.
Before the Worldwound opened, spilling titanic hordes into doomed Olympia, Kenabres was a small and industrious town on the border. The people of old Kenabres traded up and down the river, and they drew their water from it via a cunning system of pumps and pipes. After the coming of the Worldwound, the town was overrun with refuges. The citizens of Kenabres at first took them in graciously. This initial hospitality was checked when a demonic infiltrator disguised as a refugee, slaughtered 60 citizens with a single night. Subsequent immigrants were subjected to close scrutiny and suspicion, and were forced to undergo continual invasive tests to prove their humanity. Despite the growing difficulty of being accepted into Kenabres, refugees continued to pour in from Sarkoris. A century after the opening of the Worldwound, the town has grown into a small city. A series of walls were erected as Kenabres grew, creating several physically separate districts. Today, the more than 12,000 inhabitants live almost entirely within the fortifications, while gathering crusaders make camp outside the walls to the north of the city.
After the Second Crusade, the Temple of Nike built a stone keep to house Kenabres’s wardstone. One of a series set along the border with the Worldwound, the wardstone keeps demonic forces from crossing the line between it and its neighbors, as long as its attendant priests maintain its power with prayer and ritual. Between the wardstone and the fortifications, Kenabres has been a relatively secure stronghold against the demons-but it has been less secure from corrupting forces within the walls. Starting with misplaced zeal in the First Crusade, there has been a tradition of witch hunting in Kenabres. The “witches” that have been burned in ritual pyres in the intervening years were mostly just people who were different in faith or just physical appearance. Operating ostensibly under the aegis of the Temple of Nike, the witch hunters have often been a law unto themselves, taking whatever measures they deem necessary to keep Kenabres free of titanic corruption and possession. The prevalence of the witch hunters has waned somewhat in the years since the Fourth Crusade, but they remain at the ready to respond to any demonic threats that may arise-whether real or imagined.