Way of the Wicked
Vale of Valtaerna
The Vale of Valtaerna is the most sacred place in Talingarde and a popular place for pilgrims and followers of Mitra to visit. The Vale is a small mountain valley and during the winter
months its only pass becomes treacherous. Only during this time, the Vale seals itself off and no pilgrims visit. Regardless of the time of year though, it is a tranquil and beautiful place.
It is also the home of Order of Saint Macarius.
The vale is a strategic position, surrounded by almost impassable mountains, the only feasible entrance is via the Watchtower of Saintsbridge. Past this barrier is a pleasant valley where some farmland and scattered woods lie, as well as Lake Parynthus. Of greater note in the town of Sanctum which sits on the Lake’s shore. A mountain sits in the center of this tranquil lake, called the Mountain of the Phoenix.
All potential priests of Mitra must travel to the vale in order to be properly ordained. There are a series of trials the cleric-to-be must overcome in order to be accepted into the clergy, the first of which is to scale the mountain.