Ostrakon, and its capital now called Miroire, was a former cynodean dominion for a long time. With a strong tradition of seafaring, they played an important role during the Crusade, allying with the High Church of Eternal Law, better kown as the Melrosian church, to enforce its commercial power and escape the domination of the collapsing Cynodean empire. So it was the first city to fall under the Melrosian crusaders attack, more than fifty years ago.
Under the rule of Estevan the first, master of the Melrosian Templars, it became a Duchy. Its descendant Estevan the third is currently in power. Most of the population is still of local descent, but this probably the most “westerner’s” part of the east continent. This is particularly true for the city itself, where more than two-third of the population are of western families. Miroire was formerly known under the name Katreptas and this is still the name the locals give it. Most people of the farm land don’t even speak the Ostrakon language, having their own tongue, customs and religious customs, worshipping beast cults and ancient gods – those the Melrosian call Pagans.
Miroire is known as the city of glass, as the best craftsmen for this skill lives there. Mirrors, stained-glass and pieces of art made of glass plays an important role in the city outlook. The cathedral, which has been build over a former temple of Pallathene, the Cynodean deity of birth, death and seasons, is shining as a constellation because of its numberous stained-glass depicturing the life of Lawful saints. The most worshipped here is Saint-Lucian, protector of merchants and sailors. During his life, he was himself a sailor and during a storm, he was saved by his faith, being able to walk on the waves while unbelievers drowned. Each year, a very popular procession takes the statue of the saint from the cathedral to the seashore and makes it float on the water, as a repetition of the miracle. This is a very serious affair in Miroire, involving the senatorial families themselves.
Its palaces are shining and beautiful and its inhabitants have an expensive life style, which is not exactly what is expected from Melrosian true believers. The nobility of Miroire, which rules both the town and the surrounding lands, is formed by the sixty-six senators and their family, led by the three major ones: the Radescu, Torsloi and Vornu. These families, which struggle to place their partisans in place of power trough open politics and undercover maneuvers, are all linked to bigger merchant leagues in the Wild coast of the western continent.
As costumed balls and feasts are common in Miroire, this is something not unusual to see masked people in the streets, something the Masked society, a thieves guild strongly linked to some senatorial factions, uses as a way to escape punishment for its crimes. This society is rumored to be linked to local beast cults, because they share with them the use of the mask and ceremonies, but this is rather improbable.
The duke is the city’s suzerain, but don’t participate directly to local politics, being more concerned by the relationships with other states, religious proselytism and warfare. But he keeps as a part of his role the security and law enforcement in the town, by its famous Elven guard. These dark elves, as are those of the close principalities of Merahasiaka, are good cavaliers and archers. Now converted to the Melrosian church of Eternal law, the swear loyalty to the Duke. So elves are far more common here than in any other part of the continent, except for sure Merahasiaka itself.
The surrounding farmland is warm, wet and could be fertile, if it was better used. Exotic plants and flowers, including living ones, are common. Goblins, Hobgoblins and Kobolds savage tribes live in the forests and jungles all around.