Sanctus was the south-eastern trade city of [[Mal’tara]], governed by the Covaris Clan. It controlled the river trade in and out of Fleid (through Lerwein) as well as all river trade into as well as most of the land trade out of Raul’zil. It was built upon the intersection of 5 rivers, and much of the city was built over and around them. Barges and boats of all shapes and sizes used to move through the city and bridges separated it into many different small districts.
Sanctus was a very open trading city, where for the right price anything is available. One commodity in particular that was a staple for the sprawling town was information. The Covaris Clan had an established trad network before settling and restoring the city and still have agents in cities all over the continent.
The city had been the focal point of several battles between Fleid,Raul’zil, and Mal’tara over the centuries, and has been repeatedly conquered and reconquered. After the last such event, about 100 years ago, the Covaris Clan moved into the ruins of the Razed city (destroyed by Fleid to keep Raul’zil from using it as a base of operation) and began to restore it. When the king of Mal’tara and his forces came knocking a few years later they were welcomed by the clan with open arms, who immediately handed over control (along with the maintenance costs) of the trade hub over to the king. After a decade of expansion the clan owned most of the property within the city and controlled most of the trade coming in and out. The King eventually turned over rule of the city to the clan in vassalage to the crown in exchange for returning those maintenance costs to them.
As a prelude to the start of The Great War a conflict arose between the Covaris Clan and the Renostrii. Property was destroyed and lives were lost on both sides. While the Covaris Clan was distracted and much of their leadership was occupied negotiating with the Renostrii in Sestrus an army from Raul’zil marched into their territory on its way to Lerwein. The Covaris Clan objected to the army moving through their territory and obstructed it. In response the army attacked and took over the city, and thus begin The Great War. The Covaris Clan managed to evacuate most of their people and belongings through portals to Beranok but did take serious losses. With the ruins of Sanctus in their possession the armies of Raul’zil moved to engage the forces of Lerwein and continued to use Sanctus as a base of operations for the remainder of the war. When the war ended the remains of the Raul’zil army looted and left Sanctus in ruins.
While several groups have occupied and tried to rebuild Sanctus in the last 25 years since the end of the war none of the efforts have borne fruit and each attempt has ended in failure. The ruins have become a haven for bandits and worse over the years and the traders using the canal must be on their guard in proximity to the ruins of the city.