Ember: Fire and Wind
More of a monastery than anything else, Fort Kysem was a peaceful respite for weary travelers on the Via Infractus. The fort was unofficially run by an earth mephling monk named Jadira. Jadira believed that by creating a calm, safe environment for others, she could better maintain an inner calm for herself.
While many traveling supplies were available from the fort’s storehouses, little currency ever changed hands. Instead, visitors were asked to barter equal-value goods or donate their time to the maintenance of the fort (guard duty, cleaning the stables, etc).
Unfortunately, this popular way-stop is no more. The fort was razed to the ground and all of the inhabitants were either killed or driven off. The symbol of Imix was melted into the sand at the center of the fort’s remains. It will be some time before news reaches all of the Via Infractus, but the route between Abitaan and Shard will be a much harder trip for everyone.