A great megalith called the Târensten crowns the south end of a great hill just across the Shârl River from Zýna, in northwestern Lédenheim. It stands about thirty feet high. In attendance about its base are four smaller standing stones, each standing just a bit taller than a man.
The great stone's name was given by the Ivínians who first immigrated into the area in the TR390s and means either 'kings' stone' or 'royal stone'. This name may stem from the faint rings of light which are faintly visible about its crest on clear nights of the new moon. The rings are at their brightest on the 30th of Savôr, the Long Night.
It is possible, though, that the name is simply a translation from an older Yârla tribal name, in which case it might refer to an ancient ruler of the region who caused the five stones to be erected atop the Long Hill. It is likely that centuries ago there was a hill fort located where Zýna now stands, although any evidence of its existence was long ago destroyed during the construction and subsequent reconstructions of the thran and its wallhouse. [Read more...]