Opposite An Dun across the Father’s Footprint lies another great trading city, Tyun. It is, by far, the largest city in all of Kai’ckul and the primary conduit for sea trade to East Kai’ckul and Terminus as well as Netton-on-the-Sea. Tyun also represents a co-dependent relationship between it and its parent nation, while both are markedly different from each other.
Originally, Tyun was a fishing village, harvesting on the eels and oysters found amongst the rocky seasides. Further, it was entirely independent and settled while the rest of Mikk remained nomadic. It is probably the oldest human city in all of Kai’ckul. The attacks from the Wild Men, the tribes to the north, and the Lost broke family and tribe throughout the country and those displaced people headed to Tyun for protection, community, and stability. As it became a melting pot, tastes developed beyond salty sea sustenance and the city began to develop to what it was suited for naturally. Sheltered from the hurried southerly tides of the Footprint, as well as it’s swelling populace, cosmopolitan nature, and long-standing establishment, Tyun took to trade.
Boats became the standard, as raids and roving peoples to the east made land-borne goods almost lost before they were sent. Exploration began, and places like Viridia and Sussenia met people from the south. Trading existed mostly along the inward coast of the Footprint, and was what encouraged the Dwarves of An Dun to develop their own port.
When the Alliance came to the city, they praised it and it’s inhabitants for being the model of what the unity of races was attempting to achieve. It was this praise that brought the city into the fold and nothing else, and it was their inclusion that held it’s fate as being integrated into the larger Mikken state. The conscripts and volunteers were not too adept at fighting, and were separated and placed at the lowest ranks of Mikken companies — as made sense to the Alliance leadership. Yet, as the war pressed on, the inclusion of the men and women from the sea-city became a subconscious assumption. When Ian Page deserted with many Tyuns as well as other Mikken people, the Unification began, and Tyun balked — which had not been expected. Page, driven by conviction and zeal, would not let his people break apart once again. He placed restrictions on all trade to the city until they capitulated, and due to its large size and commensurate population, the economic siege was over within a week. Tyun had become reliant on the foodstuffs from the east, and had to submit.
The first temples were erected soon after in a formerly ‘godless’ city, and can still be found in a half-circle of six sites ringing what — at that time — had been the limits, and have now been overgrown as Tyun continues to sprawl. The seventh temple can only be reached by ferry, or a solid swim out into the mouth of the harbor where an large iron Namaka stands facing out into the Footprint.
Tyun remains the most secular place in all of Mikk, as well as one of the few places in all of Kai’ckul where you can see every type of being in a single day simply walking the streets. The wealthiest of people, who aren’t found in Netton-on-the-Sea have residences here, and are often wealthy due to their trade empires based from this city.
There also is a significant element of resistance to Mikken rule in the city, but has never built up to a point of conflict, nor — apparently — concern to the Reverend-Kings. Still, Mikken standards are few and far between and most residents consider themselves Tyun before anything else, if not exclusively.