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The Doclopedia #1,112
The Alphabet: V is for…
…is a town on the western shore of Lake Vong, the fourth largest lake in the Nimyang Empire. Indeed, “vien” means “place by” in the Nimyac language. It is an important stopover for both travelers on the Haon River, which both feeds and drains the lake, and those who travel overland from Nimkoro (the imperial capital) to cities in the east.
The population of Vien Vong is roughly 25,000, but it fluctuates depending upon the season, various festivals and the odd flooding of the Haon River. About half of the residents are ethnic Nimyang, with most of the rest being Dhange and Hootevi, who were the main people conqured by the Nimyang 300 years ago.
Besides being a busy port town, Vien Vong is the hub of both the spice trade and salt mining in the nearby Cha’a Hills. Tons of both substances move through Vien Vong every year. Trade in the skins of the great dragonsnakes is also economically important.
Vien Vong has a secret from the Nimyang: it is the center of the Dark Raiders, a group that has been opposing the empire for almost 200 years. Secret training schools teach young men & women of Dhange and Hootevi blood the skills they need to be assassins, thieves and spies. If the Nimyang ever found this out, they would wipe Vien Vong off the map.