The Cities (and Places) within the Empire

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The Cities (and Places) within the Empire

Postby Voice Jade » Wed May 28, 2008 7:46 am

There are two primary cities for the Empire so far. One for the Emperor, and one where young Barnabas is gaining power. It is also encouraged that you, citizens of the Empire, come up with a settlement or two of your own description and also give feedback for what's in place.. This thread will house the description of the cities. The development thread will be used to give feedback and suggestions before being put here. Additions or deletions to each city may be made depending on feedback or suggestions. Further details will also be added as feedback is given. You will note that some of these cities may read 'unfinished', but we wanted to give you something.


If you refer to a city (or place) with an 'Empire' setting in your roleplay, feel free to add information regarding the place to this thread.
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Re: The Cities of the Empire

Postby Voice Jade » Wed May 28, 2008 7:47 am

Kanir

Founded by the Sage Thernoth, Kanir is seated amongst the clouds on the peaks of the Nerod Mountain range. A devote holy man, Thernoth modeled his great city after the steps that lead to the many temples that dot the city. Each step denotes a different sector totaling 5 in all each connected by a series of roads that run from the fourth step down to the first.

The first or bottom step is reserved for the bottom class, often those accused of crimes against the church. Here there are no buildings. Rather the dwellings and shops are caves that have been carved into the face of the mountain.

The second and third step is reserved by the middle or working class. Here the buildings are kept simple, constructed of square blocks of pale red granite from a nearby quarry. Resources are limited in this region so prices are high and the selection some what limited.

The Fourth step is reserved for the upper class and the military. This shelf is broader and deeper than the lower three therefore the buildings are larger and more grand. The many manors of the nobles are constructed with a gothic type architecture having many towering spires and ornate sculptures that line the eaves, all are constructed of the darkest black Granite whose origin is known only to a select few construction guilds. The fourth step also acts as a check point by the military for those wishing to reach the fifth and highest step.

The Fifth step houses the Religious sector. Seated just below the summit of the third tallest peak of the mountain range, the fifth step is smaller than the fourth step but larger than the bottom three. Its surface is smooth and kept free of debris and dirt at all times. Its landscape is dominated by the massive cathedral style temple and the modest barracks that house the many priests and visiting pilgrims. Its outer walls are constructed out of blood red granite, its sides littered with numerous stained-glass windows depicting scenes of the betrayal. Spires sit at the four corners of the temple with a midnight black multi-level steeple rising from the center, at it's top there is rumor of a sealed room which is said to house a charm of unknown type and origin donated by Thernoth himself, who claims it came to him tied to the leg of a rare Nerod eagle.
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Re: The Cities of the Empire

Postby Voice Jade » Wed May 28, 2008 8:09 am

Carriel

This city sits near the coast below the Nerod Mountain range, quite a distance from Kanir. It is here that young Barnabas has been learning what it is to be a figure of power.

At the highest point of the city sits a Fortress, surrounded by those nobles who each wish to further the glory that is becoming Barnabas. These are not nobles given to loud displays of power, but rather those that are risking everything for an ideal. Each house is heavily fortified, and the fortress gives a vantage point to defending the city.

Farther out from this center of power are the residences of those that hold minor positions, or important businessmen. Here too may be the those that hold a position of leadership in the fighting forces.

Further out, are the buildings and households of those that ply their wares or conduct the daily business of trade. The residences of those serving in the military also are to be found here.

On the outskirts of town are the residences of those less fortunate, but even here there is evidence of the ruler's hand, as towers stand strategically placed, the first line of defense. The towers may even stand with a high city wall linking them together. Here there also exists those peasants that have left the city of the Emperor to try to make their fortunes through the ideals of young Barnabas. They see his way as their way out of non-existence.

Beyond the city gates lies a smaller compound, a set of buildings built around the bay. Here the docks are open territory and many a deal has been made in quiet privacy. This is the trading center for Carriel.
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Re: The Cities of the Empire

Postby Voice Jade » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:38 pm

Verthicha

Founded by Juriel Dlorian (aka Silverwolfe), Verthicha is the last remaining bastion of few left of his race. Situated within a valley deep within a mountain range, Verthicha is a smaller city, protected on all sides by cliffs, created years before when the rock was torn away by Juriel and his peoples magics. Some of the best weapons and armor in all the empire are known to come from Verticha. The founder of the city, Juriel, having several centuries of practice blacksmithing, for a price eagerly teaches those willing his techniques. All of his students must serve him and the city for ten years.

The city is separated into four steppes, with the lowest steppe inhabited by the lower class citizens. Many taverns and other places of vice have sprung up here. Also, a large lake created by a dam sits in the low level. Here a dock with several Warehouses sit, bringing food and other necessities into the city. On the other side of the lake, built into the mountainside sits a Massive prison, daunting, and seemingly inescapable. To the north and south are massive walls, built into the passes that lead into the city to protect it from invaders. Two large Ballista towers are built on the shore of the lake, to protect it should any enemy attempt to invade by ship.

The second Steppe is separated from the first by its own granite wall. Here reside the middle class citizens, and this area is more heavily patrolled by guards than the first. Several inns and shops dot the cobblestone roads set here in the middle district. It is booming with economy, and craftsman come from far and wide to learn the trades offered here. However, the most impressive feature of the second Steppe is the massive forge, standing nearly fifty feet tall, and taking up nearly an eighth of the second steppe. Nearly a hundred individual ovens sit within the forge, and all of the weaponry and armor produced here is unparalleled. Juriel himself is known to visit the forges on occasion.

On the third steppe, which is also separated from the other two by a large wall, the upper class citizens reside. Here one would find two Lavish hotels and several shops. The streets are marble, and lined with statues, some Ancient, made by Icarii and Sidhe sculptors aeons ago and recovered by Juriel, and his Icarii. A large museum, showcasing ancient art and weaponry sits just outside the gates of Verthicha's University. In the University, young scholars and mages are trained in their prospective arts, but the cost of admission is high, leading to only upperclass and nobles to be taught there. However, some exceptions are made for amazingly brilliant individuals.

On the fourth and final steppe, lies the Pearl Tower, where Juriel, his wife Khelestra, his two children and the few remaining Icarii reside. It is massively beautiful structure, standing over a hundred feet in tall, and iridescent in the sunlight, and accessible only by flight. At the base of the tower, and surrounding it is a lavish manor. It is here that high priority visitors and personal guests of Juriel are housed. Laying at the base of the tower against the northern cliff is Juriel's personal forge. Here, Weapons and Armor are created that only few have ever wielded or worn. Unlike the weaponry created in the forges below the city, these weapons are imbued with Icarii magics. They are gifted to only close friends, and the occasional noble. He is also rumored to have gifted a blade of some caliber to the young emperor.


Also, heres a VERY quick drawing done up in paint....
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Re: The Cities of the Empire

Postby Voice Elessar » Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:35 pm

Cities are looking great. It looks like i'm falling behind.
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