The City on the Lake emerged just after the Coming of the Third Children. Alsson, one of the great champions of the Third Children, led a group of followers to the south from their territory in the northern mountains, on the bidding of Lord Yadashi, who came to him in a dream. There they found Yadashi's House, and Yadashi took them in out of the cold, much as Lord E'taem did for the second children (both events form the basis of the sacred importance of hospitality-both providing and accepting). After this vital meeting of the Second Children and the Third Children, the Second Children welcomed the Third Children into their lands as friends. This prompted a mass migration of many of the families of the Third Children from the northern mountains to the lands to the south and west. These migrations followed two routes: one to the west, to the doomed Hall of the Northern Hearth and then south; the other south to Yadashi's House. The latter route was far preferred because of its parallel to Alsson's famed journey, and because when Nevron, Alsson's elder brother took his followers west for the first time, the result was protracted battle with the Northern Company (or alternately named the Red Company). Though many chose to continue their journey from Yadashi's House into the heartlands to the west, many stayed. Yadashi, then and now, is seen as a holy figure to the Third Children because of his role in welcoming the Third Children to their rightful place beside the Second Children. Those that remained wished to learn from him. Yadashi, both an artist and a deeply spiritual man, always welcomed anyone that came to his house with food and teachings. The result was twofold: a new religious sect, one dedicated to transcending the physical world and opening the self to the eternal love of the Mother Goddess, was begun; at the same time, the new settlement on the shore of the lake became a settlement of calligraphers and musicians. Over time, the other arts took root in this place. Now the City on the Lake is known as a haven for artists of all disciplines. The City on the Lake is divided into several loose quarters, in and among the trees of the white forest that stands about the lake. The dockside is the largest, wrapping like a crescent moon around the other quarters, as the City on the Lake enjoys much trade by water, and because of its fairly substantial fishing industry. The living quarter is integrated with the dockside, and the maker's quarter lies just inland from these two. Directly in the middle, set back from the lake, stands Yadashi's House, and its subjacent buildings.