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Drenan was the capital city of the Drenai, and lay in the southern part of the country. A vibrant hub of trading and culture, it lay close to the neighbouring countries of Lentria and Mashrapur. "Drenan" was also used metonymically to refer to the entire nation of the Drenai.


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Drenan was a large city of white stone[1] built on a cluster of at least six hills, after which some of its neighbourhoods were named.[2] The city was divided into several quarters.[3]


Besides being a centre of trade, Drenan was also the cultural capital of the country, housing many libraries[4] and a museum.[5] The arts flourished in Drenan, and performers such as acrobats, dancers and actors found work entertaining on stage.[6] Celebrations such as the annual Spring Parade took place in Drenan.[7] The city also hosted sporting events in its arenas, such as the Silver Swords tourney.[8]

Known locations in Drenan[]


  • Sixth Hill[2]
  • The south quarter[3]


  • Royal palace
  • Great Library[9]
  • Great Museum[5]
  • Sixth Arena[10]
  • Sickle Lake[5]


  • Drenai Way (later renamed Avenue of Kings)[7]
  • Street of Pillars[11]


  1. The King Beyond the Gate, chapter 5: "…vast white city…"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Winter Warriors, chapter 1: "…a fine little house high on the Sixth Hill."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf, chapter 4: "Worked in the south quarter…"
  4. Waylander, chapter 2: "A pleasant city with many libraries."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Winter Warriors, chapter 9
  6. Waylander, chapter 13: "…I performed on the stages of Drenan. I have been trained to dance and to juggle, and I spent three months with a group of acrobats."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf, chapter 2
  8. Waylander, chapter 24
  9. Quest for Lost Heroes, chapter 1
  10. Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf, chapter 4
  11. The King Beyond the Gate, chapter 5