Cael Eigemma

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Cael Eigemma is a city and ancient burgh, in the Cael Eigemma council area of southern Glain. This city is located at a fairly centralized crossroads, as it is not far north of Om Amarna, and there is a road southwest to Ka Hi Ptah.

The city is clustered around a large castle and old-town. It is a centre for government, retail, and light industry. It is a center for trading of wool and woolens, oats and barley.

A former capital of the Kingdom of Glain, Cael Eigemma was a royal burgh until overthrow by the Tieros Empire.


Glain halflings (20% of the population) and humans (41% of the population) make up the majority of the inhabitants.

Lenthinari (12% of the population) and Thalosians (humans: 10% of the population, dwarves: 2% of the population) make up the two next largest groups.

There is a large community of Illian Gnomes, since they fled through Glain to the rest of the continant (7% of the population). The total number of gnomes is actually a little more than the number in Om Amarna, which is a much bigger city.

Northruners are still somewhat rare, as this is southern Glain (5% of the population)

Hordelanders are somewhat unusual, but still make up a portion of the residents of Cael Egemma (3% of the population).


Originally a Stone Age settlement, Eigem has been strategically significant since at least the Thalosian occupation of Glain, due to its naturally defensible crag and tail hill, which later became the site of the castle, the Cael itself, and its commanding position beside the River Arcill. It is supposed that Cael Eigemma is the fortress of Iuddeu or Urbs Giudi where Oswiu of Kentigern was besieged by Penda of Kotys in 655, as recorded in Beag and contemporary annals.

A ford, and later bridge, of the River Arcill at Cael Eigemma brought wealth and influence, as did its access to the port of Om Amarna. The town was chartered as a royal burgh by King Druim in the 12th century, with charters later reaffirmed by later monarchs. Major battles in Glain's long conflict with Thalosia took place at the Battle of Eigemma Bridge in 1297 and at the nearby village of Figel Creek in 1314.

The town's motto appeared on the earliest burgh seal of which an impression of 1296 is on record:

"The Castle and Wood of Eigem town are in the compass of this seal set down."

Standing near the castle, the Church of the Holy Branch, a temple of Ehlonna, is one of the town's most historically important buildings. The Church of the Holy Branch, a temple of Ehlonna, is the only surviving church in Glain to have held a coronation.

During the War of the Three Kingdoms, the Battle of Cael Eigemma also took place in the centre of Cael Eigemma on 12th September 1648. On their consequent retreat northwards to Gleann Lucha, the Glain blew up the temple of Saint Cuthbert where they had been storing munitions; only the tower survived and can be seen to this day.

Cael Eigemma is also famous for its many hauntings, like the Green Lady of the Cael, seen by many a soldier and "The Settle Inn" near the castle which is one of the most haunted places in Glain. Other haunted pubs include "The Golden Lion" and "The Albion Bar".


Cael Eigemma is renowned as the Gateway to the Highlands and is generally regarded as occupying a strategic position at the point where the flatter largely undulating Glain Lowlands meet the rugged slopes of the Highlands. The starkness of this contrast is evidenced by the many hills and mountains of the lower Highlands such as Ben Vorlich and Ben Ledi which can be seen to the northwest of the city. On the other hand, to the east of the city, the Carse of Eigem is one of the flattest and most agriculturally productive expanses of land in the whole of Glain.

The land surrounding Cael Eigemma has been most affected by glacial erosion and deposition. The city itself has grown up around its castle which stands atop an ancient volcanic plug a major defensive position, which is, in turn at the lowest crossing point on the River Arcill. Cael Eigemma stands on the River Arcill at the point where the river widens and becomes tidal. To the east of the city the Ochil Hills dominate the skyline with the highest peaks in the range being Dumyat and Ben Cleuch. The Ochils meet the flat floodplain of the River Arcill to the east of the distinctive geographical feature - Abbey Craig, a crag and tail feature upon which sits the Cloister of Urogalan.

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