Haorus

Without me, your people would still be enslaved and without hope in rude huts! I have ruled these lands by my own power for seven thousand years and more. Do not speak to me of stability, you gnat of a power-deceived mortal.
- spoken by the Parchment Haorus in response to an Emperian embassy calling for a reduced military presence in the Karthst Protectorates, "in the interests of regional stability".

Haorus is one of the most ancient surviving nations in Oriund, having been created in the early years of the 2nd age by the ex-Kingpriest-cum-Parchment of the same name.

Devastation due to war and the final backlash from the Drala prior to imprisonment had sunk the previously fertile lowlands and urban centers of Karath Sten, leaving the Bay of Satid in its place. However, it seems doubtful that Haorus, influenced by that portion of the Mosaic he held, would have wanted to settle in the ancient capital of Ebara should it have survived: already his thoughts were of impregnable and enduring stone. The Parchment cast his eyes to the southeast and beheld the mighty Everwinters. These mountains had weathered the impact of the Eastwind Conspiracy almost unscathed, and their long, westward shadows sheltered rich river-valleys. The Parchment of Earth knew that these lands would be the center of his rule.

Haorus went first to the dwarves, who at that time still dwelt beneath mountains. He showed his power over the earth and stone, and the dwarf clans swore their loyalty immediately. Every mountain was considered, from that time forth, a temple to Haorus, and too sacred to dwell beneath (with the exception of certain holy cities). Thus the anti-pilgrimage began, with clans making an exodus to leave the sacred climes, to instead build their underhalls beneath hills and other lesser heights. The great dwarven city Dhimdarhend, beneath Mount Benhardath, Haorus took as his seat of power, reputedly the greatest of all fortresses in Oriund. Even to this day, despite the Parchment taking on the rulership of sapiens, kin, and elves (and, in time, eladrin), Dhimdarhend remains almost entirely a dwarven city, closed off to almost all, a sacred city.

Haorusi Architecture
Buildings and public works in Haorus vary by location, racial influence, and the time period in which they were erected.

Away from the mountains, most dwarves choose to live underground, generally below hilly country (such as the foothills of the Unhewn Pillars). In tribute to the mountains they once called home, these subterranean keeps and cities make liberal use of triangular doors, pyramidal chambers, and triangle-based pillars. While different time periods have influenced the level of detail or simplicity in such works, dwarven architecture within Haorus seems appropriately focused on veneration of mountains and the very rocks.

Even Haorusi humans have been influenced by the focus on the earth, choosing to emulate the dome, representing hills, and the pyramid in many of their buildings.

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