Khelkâ Sael (Av."Kyelkasyalmâ"; "Shell of Glass") lay along a narrow coastal shelf on the eastern flank of the Orocarni (Q. "Red Mountains"). It comprised the rich and well-protected Sael Valley, which once served as the principal eastern route into Cuiviénen. The uppermost part of this wide river vale was called Pârta Úrulis, the "Field of Fire-honey," in name of its nectar-rich flowers. The Úrulis Pass was the main pass through the central Orocarni. It lead east and then north to Moinarlin- "Mônarlan" in the Wômaw tongue-a great collection of waterfalls that spilled into a pool that fed the river Kuiwisîr and the great lake of Helkanen in Helcarth.
Úrulis was actually a cross-shaped vale. The centermost portion was home to the hallowed Ayîgawm, the "Dragon-fields," where the Wômaw buried their High-kings-the so-called "Hionvori." Here, a complex of huge, circular grass barrows linked by stone-lined subterranean halls covered an area of about sixty-four square miles. Hautûtumkôdur stood at the center and served as the resting place for the golden drake that once helped educate and unite the founders of Wômawas Drûs. The Avari of Helcarth referred to the place as "Angúlókaparsi." Though the Elves regularly passed by the area, they were careful to respect its sacred boundaries. Ironically, few Hildor ever saw the place. Most turned away when they saw one of the sixteen laen Dragon statues that marked the border of the burial ground.
Tatamúrilis, a Wômaw port city near the mouth of the Sael, housed nearly three quarters of the area's hundred thousand Wômarin-speaking residents. Aligned along four huge, interconnected bridges, itwas a marvel of stonemasonry. The town served as the principal point of exchange between the Wômaw, Aegaw, and the Avari. It was the chief in the Red Gulf (which the Aegaw called the "Bay of Swirling Waters").
Places of Note
Original form in MERP: Helcar Sael
- the Wild Lands south and East, Gazetteer by Pete Fenlon