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Jinan was a city built around a desert oasis, its symbol was the snake. During the Worlds Collide Campaign, the city was host to several large public, and private mini, events. Jinan comes from the Arabic word meaning 'garden'. Following the introduction of 1.9 Jinan was made into a public warp.
During the Age of Vampires, when many races banded together in racial groupings rather than working together, many disaffected characters from the various races left their factions to try and survive alone. Some of these began to band together in a group that was not defined by a specific race, but instead welcomed anyone. In searching for a place to make a settlement, the group ended up traversing a vast desert, and almost dying of starvation and thirst. When things were most desperate, they stumbled across a small watering hole. Here they found snakes called Shisha, Faruq and Najwa.
Speaking to them, the snakes requested food, and the group gave them the last that they had, a fish head, some mouthfuls of pork, and a single piece of bread. In surprise the group watched as the snakes grew, and declared that they had been waiting here to see a traveller that would show them kindness. In giving their food to the snakes the group had unleashed their power, and they towered over the huddled men and women and children, offering their large bodies as shelter from the heat.
Alongside the snakes, the group began to build a walled city around the watering hole, which the snakes agreed to protect so long as the group continued to welcome anyone who sought protection. From this Jinan became one of the largest and most influential towns in Elysium.
Participation in the Second Darkness War
Jinan was host to a large battle against the wraiths sent by the Darkness to destroy Elysium. Following this, the Chronicler brought members of Nithral's Cult to the city in search of a book which he could use to take them back to the Age of Elves to meet with Nithral's army.
After the war was over, Jinan fell into ruin. Attempts to raise another city in its image were made by the previous mayor, Yorshanthalas, in another desert.