River's Rest, Sanctuary
Located to the west of the Commons, the Sanctuary in River's Rest is one of many places in and around the town where Aeia's presence can be felt, with one of her shrines located there for good measure. The spirit's influence making combat or aggressive actions of any sort impossible.
Formerly the main healing location in the Rest, the healers and clerics have since moved their operations to the Commons. The Sanctuary is now mainly used only by those looking to escape the crowds in the Commons and as a base of operations in invasions when the Commons becomes too dangerous for noncombatants.
Although the Sanctuary is no longer the major healing location in town, there are some customs surrounding it that are proving very long in fading away. Many long-time residents still clinging to them. While most of them are not strictly followed anymore, they are being included for both historical purposes and so that visitors may be aware that there are still a few locals who cling to them.
- Locksmithing is generally taboo in the Sanctuary. Even during the krolvin occupation in 5103, when stepping outside the Sanctuary was hazardous to ones health, locksmiths worked by the pool.
- Items left behind the altar are for those that need them and should not be sold
- Audience reps are best practiced elsewhere, the healing community doesn't want to be distracted by them
Deep in the forest rests a small shrine lovingly carved of the silvery haon wood that surrounds you. Birdsong and the gentle rustling of leaves fill the air with a strong sense of life. From somewhere nearby the gentle sound of running water completes the quiet symphony. Little else disturbs the peace save for an occasional muted voice drifting on the breeze.
The small shrine is comprised of a long, low altar carved from a single thick slab of silvery haon wood set on small, oval legs of green riverstone. The ancient altar has been highly polished over the centuries by the caress of countless hands. Carved on the surface of the altar, barely visible, is the faint image of a dancing turtle.