Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
Once a rustic mountain town known for rich peach orchards, summer palaces and its shrine to the Empress Wàn, the still-beautiful heart of Yaochi—with its tree-lined boulevards and ornamental lake—is now ringed by oil wells, refineries, factories and open-pit mines. Situated in southeastern An-Teng, the city is close enough to the Firepeaks’ intensifying volcanism to suffer intermittent earthquakes and fire-spirit raids. It’s also the site of the Saloy Hin Mining Company’s recent discovery of the underground ruins of a lost prehuman race. Various ancient mechanisms and relics have been brought up from the caverns for analysis, most notably a humanoid shape sealed in a cloudy crystalline cocoon.