Places in the Age of Legends

The world was considerably different prior to The Breaking of the world.

Ansaline Gardens
As remembered by the forsaken Aran’gar in chapter 3 of Knife of Dreams the “Gardens” were a place of exceptional art and beauty that contained immense stylized sculptures of people and animals by an artist named Cormalinde Masoon. Fine wines and meals were served there and patrons could gamble at the chinje wheels. Ansaline Gardens was destroyed by the third year of the War of the Shadow.

*Adanza*Adanza was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Comelle
Comelle was the third-largest city in the Age of Legends. It was built along a steep coastline, with structures of glass, crystal and metal clinging to the rocks like a bursting flower overlooking the sea. Like all cities in the Age of Legends, Comelle housed a great number of chora trees. Little else is known about this city.

Devaille
Devaille was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World. When Graendal announced to the world that she had turned to the Shadow, Devaille was seized by Darkfriends and Trollocs before the day was done.

Emar Dal
Emar Dal was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Halidar
Halidar was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Jalanda
Jalanda was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Kemali
Kemali was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Londaren Cor
Londaren Cor was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Mar Ruois
Mar Ruois was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World. When Mar Ruois was taken by the Shadow during the War of Power, it was burned to the ground and everyone who would not swear to the Shadow was burned alive.

M’Jinn
M’Jinn was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World. Before turning to the Shadow, Eval Ramman (Forsaken Balthamel) held a position at an institute of higher learning in M’Jinn.

Paaran Disen
Paaran Disen was the largest city in the Age of Legends, and the location of the central seat of government. It also housed the Hall of the Servants, which housed the central government of the Aes Sedai. Apart from being a political center, Paaran Disen was also known as the fairest of cities in the Age of Legends, said to contain wonders of architectural genius. The Hall of the Servants was one of these spectacular buildings. During the War of Power, Lews Therin defeated Forsaken Ishamael at the gates of Paaran Disen. At the end of the War of Power the Forsaken and an army took Paaran Disen, and the city was burned to the ground. Soon after the fall of Paaran Disen the citizens of the city left during the Breaking of the World.

Paaran Disen can be compared with Athens during its golden age and with Rome, where the Hall of Servants can be compared with the Senate building. It is also worth mentioning that the name is similar to “Paradise”, and that the “Hall of Servants” is similar to the angelic hierarchy.

Paral
Paral was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Shorelle
The city of Shorelle was a port and the birthplace of Forsaken Asmodean.

Tsomo Nasalle
Tsomo Nasalle was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends, before the Breaking of the World.

Tzora
Tzora was one of the great cities of the Age of Legends. During the Breaking, a male Aes Sedai driven mad by the taint named Jaric Mondoran killed thousands of Aiel one at a time while they sang to him trying to remind him who he had been, then turned the entire city of Tzora into a lake of glass with the One Power. The sacrifice the Aiel made allowed the inhabitants to flee the city before its destruction.

V’saine
V’saine was one of the great cities in the Age of Legends and was best known as the home of the Collam Daan, in itself a masterpiece of silver and blue domes, which together with the great white floating sphere called the Sharom, was the leading center for research and development. It is known that the Forsaken Mesaana was denied a place at this research institute, and it is said that this made her turn to the Shadow.

When the hole in the Bore was drilled, the backlash destroyed most of the Collam Daan, the Sharom included. The following is a quote from The Shadow Rising, Chapter 26, describing the destruction of the Sharom.

“What seemed a tiny chip of white spun away from the Sharom in a jet of black fire; it descended, deceptively slow, insignificant. Then a hundred gouts spurted everywhere around the huge white sphere. The Sharom broke apart like an egg and began to drift down, falling, an obsidian inferno. Darkness spread across the sky, swallowing the sun in unnatural night, as if the light of those flames was blackness. People were screaming, screaming everywhere.”

V’saine can be compared with Alexandria, as it was also a place of great learning, and Collam Daan resembles the Great Library of Alexandria.

Places in the Age of Legends

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