The Power of Suffering
The markets sell many goods and commerce is good in every way thanks to the trading from the other countries of the continent during this time of relative peace between them.
Much of the populace is religious, and only the gods of order and light are permitted to be worshipped. Almost everyone believes in the war of the gods, but it is up to each person to decide which of the gods they align themselves with. Many chapels, churches and cathedrals dot the city of around 70,000 people of almost all civilized races.
The castle is built high up on a vertical cliff face where a massive waterfall comes through a mountain pass and spills a thousand feet into the valley below. The cliff face is now a massive stone wall constructed by the ancients with an opening and channel for the water to spill down. Two smaller falls accompany it, one on each side. The city below is a semi-circle with its flat end at the massive cliff-wall of the castle. The curving wall takes up the entire width of the valley below, surrounded on three sides by steep mountains, and the fourth by the winding river and the main road leading south to the sea.
Each waterfall coming down the great wall lands in a large semicircular pool. The large waterfall’s pool is in the centre of the circle, in an area separate from the rest of the city containing temples and churches of the various popular deities of the country. The water in this pool originates in the mountain lake north of the city, where the Temple of Regret is said to lie.
At the front of the city, a semicircular wall with its radius centred at the middle of the city’s outer wall encloses the military district where soldiers’ barracks and armouries as well as the generals’ quarters are. The main river leads straight from the Pool of Mist in the temple district through the city to the military district and out of the city through gates at each wall. Towers are situated on each side of each gate, and spaced approximately every two hundred metres around the outer wall. There are two sets of doors in the temple district that lead behind the great wall to massive underground staircases that wind all the way up to the castle at the top.
The castle walls span the entire width of the city’s walls – from one side of the mountain pass to the other. The castle makes a rectangular shape with its northern walls 400 feet from its southern walls that make up the top of the great wall. Two massive structures, one on each side of the river, dominate the silhouette of the castle – one being the Royal Palace and the other the massive Royal Library which houses many of the mages, scholars, historians and guests of the King. On the east side of the library, the Royal Temple – a large circular stone building – sits. It is unknown what the function of this temple is, but the scholars believe it was once connected to the temples of suffering, and use it for their own religious rituals.
On each end of the castle is a large bastion tower and the north wall is very thick and was built to withstand any assault.
The top of the great wall has no towers along its length, but a bridge spanning the vertical culvert of the central river, made from the same material as the wall, is one of the most known views in the city. A person on the streets below is barely noticeable by an observer on the bridge, giving the city below, the winding road and river in the valley, and eventually the sea a peaceful and captivating appearance. When looking up at the castle mid-morning, the sun shines around and through the centre of the two massive structures, giving them a bright glow, and in the evening the view of the sun setting over the sea from the castle bridge is said to be one of the most beautiful sights in the country, though very few have the status to see it.