Cecilia is a fishing town and is the home to over 40,000 residents. Cecilia acts as Xoria’s main trading port with Persia and the other cities of Cimmeria. It is the most diverse place in all of Cimmeriadue to the many different cultures that come to Cecilia to trade, but also due to the strong tourist attraction of the city’s sandy beaches.
Cecilia is named after the daughter of Zeus and one of his mortal liaisons, Hymniara. The original Cecilia followed both Artemis and Zeus as her patron gods and became a heroine to rival Theseus in her accomplishments. She rid the Caspian Sea of the gigantic monsters that made it impossible to fish or row a boat across it. She founded the first fishing town of the Caspian Sea and named the village after herself. Cecilia fought as one of the Heroes of the Dragon War, freeing all of Cimmeria from their tyranny. After the war, Cecilia led the town that bore her name for a few years before going into hibernation within the Black Orb of Dragonkind.
Merfolk, sahuagin, and other humanoid races of the water honor Cecilia because she killed the great sea serpents that kept the aquatic races’ populations small. The town of Cecilia has become a sacred place for the underwater races and because the town is considered hallowed ground it has become the official place to conduct peace talks between the different races of the Caspian Sea when such things are necessary. Almost all the religious rites of the aquatic people are performed on or near the beach of Cecilia. The races of the water allow landwalkers to view their ceremonies, but have imposed the rule that all tourists respect them and follow proper rules of etiquette to watch the rituals without repercussions. A small pamphlet that details such rules is sold by the city to those who wish to view the elaborate water rituals.
As one might guess from Cecilia’s waterside location the main businesses of the town are fishing and trading. The town has the largest civilian fleet on the Caspian Sea and it needs protection both from the weather and from the beasts that live in the ocean. Spellcasters capable of weather control are in high demand in Cecilia. The demand is so great that the clergy of Aeolus set up their main temple there. A Mercenaries Guild once existed to deal with the underwater threats such as sahauguin, nagas, dragon turtles, merrow, and other beasts of the sea. Unfortunately, the guild was wiped out in the Second Xorian War. The town has sent out a call for adventurers to aid against all the monsters of the deep.
The diet of the townspeople consists mostly of fish, sea urchins, and seaweed, but also includes staple crops and fruits grown inland to the west by independent farmers. Persian spices and other delicacies are served daily on the tables of the rich and served more often than one would expect on those of the common folk. The classic dish of Cecilia that every visitor tries is the meat of a plesiosaur served with cayenne pepper from Persia. The interesting combination is something the locals have grown fond of and tourists are wary to eat twice.
After the collapse of the Xorian Empire, Cecilia’s citizens decided to remain within the Xorian Kingdom. The reincorporation is still in progress as many of the key leaders that could negotiate such a deal died in the anti-dragovinian riots after the Second Xorian War.