St. Curtis is a merged Jakkai/Human city, the single largest city in Fragaria. It is located at the center of Fragaria, south of the capital, in Blossom Valley, a large fertile valley of the central mountain range. The city is located in the center of the valley, both in and around the Jakkai Sacred Tree (aka the Tree of Peace). St. Curtis is famous for its honey and is surrounded by fields of flowers and various farms. There are four road passes through the mountains to reach the city, one in all four compass points (North, East, South, West).
St. Curtis has a unique reputation as a place where just about anyone is welcome, regardless of species. It is also the usual home of Melli the Bee of the Twelve Guardians and a popular location for Meeros the Mortori Bird to appear as well. The city was also where Demons staged a massive invasion to gather up Angels for their plans.
Every year, St. Curtis celebrates the Spring Flower Festival at the beginning of Spring when the flowers from the Sacred Tree begin to fall.
The entire city is built in and around the base of a giant tree, dubbed the Tree of Peace, that used to be the primary home of the Jakkai over two hundred years ago. Most, if not all the buildings are wooden and often seem integrated within the roots of the tree that spread all throughout the city. Vines can be seen growing on the buildings and even tree branches that seem to extend from the walls of the buildings.
The tree itself, once the home to the Jakkai that lived in it, has partially been converted into a temple, dedicated to worshiping the gods of Medius. Windows can be seen around the tree, including a pathway that seems to circle the tree twice on the way up. There are also houses that are either separate from the interior of the tree or act as entrances to the inside. Because of the large tree roots that tend to separate certain parts of the city, wooden stairways are built to allow people to walk across them.
As of the Gathering, most of the city has been burned down, however many structures remain intact after several days and the tree appears to be unharmed.
St. Curtis is famous for its honey, including Fire Honey collected from Fire Bees. Fast food vendors sell popcorn balls coated with honey to tourists during the Spring Flower Festival. Fire Honey is also used in Fire Bee Mead, which is said to be the strongest kind of alcoholic mead around.
Within the Tree of Peace is a large temple that's used for those who worship the gods of Medius. Not just the Twelve Guardians, but also Mother Gaia, Father Syndel, Death and all their servants. The temple exists to worship and respect the gods equally so travesties like the Great War don't repeat. A considerate amount of civilians seem to visit the temple frequently to give their respects, even after their city was razed by Demons.
Approximately two hundred in-universe years before the beginning of Slightly Damned, St. Curtis did not exist. In its place were two villages: a Jakkai village who lived in their massive Sacred Tree, where they were master bee-keepers and honey-gatherers; and a Human village inhabited by excellent farmers whose crops and flowers were unrivalled by any in Fragaria.
The Jakkai's bees required the farmers' flowers for nectar to build their hives and make honey while the humans required the bees spread their pollen so that their crops and gardens would flourish. Ignorant of this fact, the two races shunned each other — they kept strictly separate and refused to communicate.
One fateful night, the Jakkai's Sacred Tree somehow caught aflame. The flames claimed many lives and the Jakkai could not handle it alone. The humans could easily see the blaze from their village but they took no action for they felt the Jakkai would never lift a paw for them and it was their problem.
However, one young man broke away from the group and sprang to action, running to the tree; as if this was a signal, the rest of the humans followed him and rushed to help. With the help of their human neighbors, the Jakkai were able to save their Sacred Tree and extinguish the flames. Still, many homes had been destroyed and their livelihoods were greatly damaged. From the ashes rose a bond between Jakkai and human alike in Blossom Valley — they agreed to work together to create a better town, one for both races so that they could live together in harmony.
Alas, it was discovered that the young man who had been the first to run to the Jakkai's aid had died in the fire. To honor his sacrifice, the town, which eventually bloomed into a city, was named St. Curtis.
To this day, no one knows (or admits) how the flames started, but there have been rumors that Melli the Bee started the flames to teach the two races a lesson. Some say it was arson, others a freak lightning storm, and one involving the extinct Fragarian Fire Dragon.
Festival and Invasion
Rhea and company would first arrive at the city just days before the festival would begin, and would spend their time looking for Kazai while also helping out with the Helper's Guild. At the same time, however, Demons who were part of Hell's Army had started to arrive there and would go undercover until the time was right. As some Demons, like Sahne and Lakritz, were out among the Medians, many of them would follow suit but still use the Coiled Cobra Bar for their base of operations.
As the festival picked up, Melli would take part in the festivities while Meeros the Mortori Bird showed up in time to see the newest member of the Sinclair Family. Jake, who for awhile received mail from Rhea about her adventures, arrived as well to learn the truth of her resurrection and join her on their adventures as well.
By the third day, Moonshade would enact the Demons plan of taking over the city by killing Melli, whose death caused fire to spread throughout a large portion of the city. As civilians tried evacuating or put out the flames, the Demons would start gathering Angels, kill Medians and/or cause more chaos and destruction all around them. Rhea and Buwaro would later perform a rescue operation to save Kieri and other Angels before they were sacrificed for whatever ritual they had planned, though succeeding in saving a small group of Angels including their friends.
Days after the invasion started, the fires eventually died down and people began to return to survey the damage. It's unknown what became of the Demons that started the fire or the Angels still under their control. Most of the residents have been displaced due to the damage caused, forcing many to take refuge at the temple within the Tree of Peace. This also caused their faith in Melli, Moku and Meeros to be soured to the point of vandalizing their respective statues.
- The Coiled Cobra (a bar where Iratu and co set up base)
- Southeast St. Curtis Public Stables (one of possibly several stable houses where Fritz, Sugar, Pepper and Chestnut are being kept)
- Tree of Peace (the giant tree at the center of St. Curtis that housed Jakkai in the past before the city's founding)
|Countries||Fragaria • Nirveus • Dragon Island Archipelago|
|Territories||Southern Woods • Griffin Pass • The Forgotten Lands|
|Cities and Towns||Ambai Village • Farun • Ghardin City • Harkarl • Port Dorade • Weyville • Riverside City • St. Curtis (Tree of Peace)|
|Residences||Jake's House • Sinclair Wagon • Rhea and Ramirez's House|
|Businesses||Sleazy Bum Emporium • Coiled Cobra Bar • Trader Moe's • Chipper Mudskipper Inn • Snow Drop Inn|
|Forests||Southern Woods • Fuzen'ro Forest • Friendly Forest of Doom|
|Mountains||Shadow Peak • Mt. Sentinel|
|Rivers and Lakes||Tsake Lake • Sunset Lake • Zolle River (The Eye of Zolle) • Lake Phium • The Strait Edge|
|Organizations||Helper's Guild • Unknown Publishing Guild|
|Realms||Heaven • Hell • Purgatory|
|Hell||Ring of the Slightly Damned • Gate to Hell|
|Heaven||Grand Library • Gate to Heaven • Suizahn Residence|
|Rivers||The River of Lost Souls|
|Clans||Suizahn Clan • Denevol Clan|