Serenade is the world's second most popular tourist destination*. More couples honeymoon there than any other city in All-That-Is, and it was described in The Travellers Guide to All-That-Is (first edition) as having streets paved with love.
*The most popular is Earlgate, the capital of Nevah-Nevah (the Angel Islands) and largest city in the world.
It's the only city in the world with more single bars than temples. And since Sexlia, the God of Love herself calls Serenade home, there are a lot of temples.
Serenade is located on the Island of Dane. The reason for the City of Love springing up on the Human homeland* is unknown: Sexlia's followers claim that this is the true centre of the world, where her love began, and that it spread outwards from there, however neutral sources record Serenade being known as the City of Love for at least fifteen years before Sexlia's first temple was built there, and at least ten years before Sexlia became a god at all.
*Humans are not known for their loving nature, but rather for their ability to start a war with any race. If Humans aren't in a war with one of the other races, you know they're busy warring with one other.
Serenade's popularity continues to grow, with more hotels and single bars being added yearly. It now covers most of the Island of Dane, with the only other city of note being Water, to the south.
Despite being half the size of Serenade, Water is the capital of Badro Bunip, the state in which the Island of Dane is located. Perhaps as a result, Badro Bunip is the most peaceful of the four Heartland states.
Serenade is the subject of much fiction, and Tunis, a small town 100k out of the city, is home of Robert Gnawer, the world's most famous romance writer. His Serenade scrolls* are consistently bestsellers, and the first in the series, Human Heartbreak, is still the number one romance scroll of all time, followed shortly by the third, Dwarven Desires.
*a series about males (one of each race) who move to Serenade for business reasons and end up falling in love, despite their insistence at the beginning of the book that they don't believe in the concept
Robert Gnawer himself found love in Serenade, when he was working in a casino. He was fired when a slip of his hands caused a particularly skilled player to win over 300 gold from his table. A year later, he married her.
So if you're single, and looking for love, or you and your partner of 80 years are looking for somewhere to celebrate an anniversary, why not consider Serenade, the City of Love. Stay in one of our beautiful hotels, see the sights, and receive a personal blessing from one Sexlia's own priests. Serenade, the City of Love. Why wait for happiness to come to you?
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