On the Feast of the Moon of 1370 DR, the Herald Thorn Tree disappeared hours before he was to perform the Bloodsong. This triggered a storm of controversy. First, there were rumors that the High Heralds had plans to expel Thorn Tree for corruption. Second, the rebel government of Riatavin had hoped to use the Bloodsong to assert their authority over the city amidst their secession from Amn to Tethyr. Third, some claimed that Thorn Tree had been working for, variously, Amn, Tethyr, the Knights of the Shield, or another faction of Riatavin. Thus, Thorn Tree's disappearance was expected to be powerful political ammunition for all these factions, further disrupting the secession. In fact, Thorn Tree had actually been murdered by one the Eldreth Veluuthra, and his body hidden so well it might never be found.
A group of merchants known as the Chosen Council governed the city in the 15th century DR.
The College of the Eclipse, a society dedicated to psionics education and advancement, was based in Riatavin in the mid-1370s DR. The Company of Hunnar was a two-hundred strong mercenary company based in Riatavin around 1358 DR. This company specialized in siege warfare, but also employed standard military units.
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