The City of Light
Bavkïrak's golden treasure
"Vïvṡov Ċȧrano Fajïx"
|Founded by||Unknown (The original villages) Uṡul (The Modern City)|
Ṡavïr Ça (pronunciation: /ʃäviɾ xä/ ) is a large city located on the southern islands of the nation of Bavkïrak. Straddling the two largest islands, its greater metropolitan area encompasses both of the islands, but the actual city itself is located on the Easternmost island and only carries about a few hundred thousand people, while the greater metropolitan area carries 3 million people. It is through here, rather than the Capital, that most foreign trade passes through before entering the nation as a whole.
"Ṡavïr" means "Light". Long before the time of the kingdoms, there were simply tribes wandering around in the jungles of what would become today, Northeast Boroso. The great Prophet, who would later be called "Taçaran" (The chosen), was born here. Estimates of the date of his birth to around the years 50 CE - 200 CE. The words of The Chosen regarding his hometown are as follows: "The Great God has poured out his blood upon this place, let it prosper for the first-fruits of his work have been seeded here. Let it be a beacon of purity and shine like Ṡoyok, lest it fall to corruption and be destroyed." -Nakrod Chpt 2, Vrs 1.
What would eventually grow to become the modern-day city of Ṡavïr was a collection of villages located in the centre of the island of Uṡul (named so after the first prince-mayor of Ṡavïr) founded during the Bavkïr . (ca. 200 BCE- 100 BCE) In a time when alliances were few and hard to come by, the pact of the three villages would be able to stay independent of larger tribes, as well as keep smaller tribes from being overrun by famine, as the pact of the three villages was able to provide a surplus of food that could be used in remaining independent whenever a large tribe came looking for tribute or get sacked.
Eventually, the time came for the first great prophet to be born into what had become a city of sorts from the meshing together of the three villages.
The village would attract travelers and pilgrims, allowing the city to grow larger, eventually proclaiming itself its own kingdom during the time of tribal kingdoms. The birth of the second prophet changed the dynamic of that travel towards the city of 'Takub', which would eventually come to be the birthplace of Tuur, who would come to unite the clans under his banner. It, along with the two kingdoms of the isles, would dominate trade in the region, and grow to become strong economic powers in their own right. However, the time of kingdoms came to an end with the beginning of Tuur's conquest. Instead of trying to invade the more lucrative provinces of the Near-Islands, he turned his first theatre of conquest to the south, to the kingdom of Soza. As it had recently clashed with Xef, taking some of the lands that it held.
In this way, Tuur would be able to do what no one had done before, unite the Bavkïrs under a single banner. Eventually, Tuur had gained enough power, that the islands simply submitted to him voluntarily, not wanting to fight out a drawn-out war.
Within the empire, not much changed from its old status as a trade city, it simply became fortified with more troops, and the Imperial banners had to be changed every time a new clan came into power.
Eventually, with the collapse of the empire, the city declared itself independent again, during the period of the great war. (ca. 1739-1900)
Then after the war, the city was re-joined with Bavkïrak proper, where it now remains as its largest city by a significant margin.
Festivals: There are two festivals that are specific to the city. The first one being "Htovyar" meaning "Boat-blood", named so for the great race held between Uṡul and Çasïr of which the winner would become the first prince-mayor of the serene republic of Ṡavïr all those years ago. However, the original race was far more gruesome, as the loser would have one of their fingers cut off. It centres around a large boat racing competition of which the winners are awarded a large feast in honor of their victory. Along with the boat races are many festivities around the city, with many games and prizes. Festivities carry on into the night, where Clubs and Bars are open and each one hosts its own special event. It lasts about 4 days and is held sometime in October.
The second festival is known simply as "Naar". The festival of ash is held on one day every year at the Bavkïr new year and involves taking unnecessary objects (such objects must be able to burn with minimal impact to peoples' health) and burning them in a massive pyre at the city centre. Tying into the religious significance, it symbolizes burning away one's corruption every year to leave purity in its place, a great way to start off the new year. There is also a great party with lots of music held around the city. It is often a favourite of students, as old papers that are no longer needed can be burnt away.
The seat of the province is located in the city, so the Mayor of the city also functions as the governor of the province. A new Grand Mayor is elected every 8 years but can be ousted out of office if the populace believes that a terrible job is being done, or they have an overwhelming negative sentiment towards the person placed into this position.