Hanmer is the largest city in all of the SouthLands. It is second in importance within Kellan to Morelenas, serving as an important center for trade and diplomacy. Its location, along the banks of the Hanaelon River and at the crossing of two main trade routes, the King's Road and Harper's Trail, makes it an ideal place for such things. It was also the site of one of the most famous battles of the Wars of Arin.
Hanmer is the oldest settlement in central Kellan, its history dating back perhaps even before the beginning of the Third Civilization. Its location at a westward bend in the south-flowing Hanaelon made it a prime location for shipping goods downriver, and it quickly grew into an important trade center. For centuries, it has brought together Humans from the south, Dwarves from the north, Elves from the east and Karis from the west to buy and sell their wares, conduct political negotiations, and generally coexist in peace.
Hanmer is home to the largest outdoor marketplace in the Lanad -- a marketplace that, unlike any other, is open at all hours of the day or night due to the installation of light globes in key spots among the many tents, booths, stalls, and carts. It is said that, if it exists on Ardrana, it can be found here, or someone will find it for you. The centerpiece of the marketplace is a large amphitheatre, where plays are presented nightly (weather permitting), around which are announcement boards at which anything may be posted free of charge.
Hanmer is home to a military garrison of the White Alliance, numbering 1,000 soldiers. It is commanded by Captain Dorstaff, who ascended to that rank upon Lanthana's retirement two years ago. Although it is a member of the Alliance, it is considered a free city in that people of all races are welcome under normal circumstances. This garrison is located near the center of the city, on the western side of the marketplace. The current mayor of Hanmer is Lanthana Hanaestor, the former captain of the city guard, now retired from active duty and gone into politics.
The city is walled on three sides, the exception being the east side, where there are a series of docks facing the Hanaelon River. There are three gates in the walls, one in the north, one in the south, and one in the west.. The northern gate is considered the main gate and is generally left open, while the southern and western gates are closed from dusk to dawn. There is a bridge across Harper's Trail that also leads into the city.