Very little is known about the City of Astheris, with much of what we do know being shrouded in myth and legend. It is known to be the city of the gods, with almost every verified deity across Calsin residing within the mystical walls. Additionally, various warlocks have revealed that there exists a sort of hierarchy within Astheris, with the highest gods and goddesses forming a council that oversees the rest of the city. It is unknown what gives a god his or her status within the city, though worship or patronage from Calsin seems to have at least some small effect.
There are many misconceptions about Astheris, which is certainly understandable given how little we truly know about it. To dispel some common myths:
1. Mortals can enter Astheris, as long as a gate can be found. - False. While gates to Astheris do exist, these gates are for the gods, not for mortal men. In fact, if a mortal attempts to cross the boundary without a godly escort, he or she will be instantly obliterated.
2. Every god within the city has a presence on Calsin. - False. The handful of people who have been gifted visions of the city report that there are more gods in Astheris than mortals on Calsin.
3. All gods live in Astheris. - False. Many gods have their own small cities or realms that they inhabit, instead or residing with their own peers. Nubierd is perhaps the most prevalent example of this, who rules over the Fourth Realm of Firengot.
4. Mortals go to Astheris when they die. - False. All mortals go to the underworld when they die. Many gods have spheres of influence within the underworld, though, where they allow their followers to take up residence.
5. The city only holds gods. - False. There are a number of other divine beings known to exist within Astheris, including Seras, Golitags, and Dethgors.
6. Astheris is at war with Vorthis. - False. Astheris has no specific issue with Vorthis, and though the gods have revealed that there have been conflicts in the past, there currently exists no war between the two.