2021-01-30, 06:14 AM (ISO 8601)
Bugbear in the Playground
Re: Serinbaʿal: The Lands of Torment
The Plateau Cities
The enigmatic settlements known as the 'Plateau Cities' rise forbiddingly from the midst of the deepest recesses of the Trogg Badlands. These massive conurbations are independent powers, not under the sway of the Obsidian Compact or the other polities of eastern Carcharoth, the so-called 'Lands of the Altar'. The best known of these cities are Absolution, Penitence, and Illusium. These cities arose in the previous age to take advantage of their ideal position along the central continental trade routes, and also served as an important point of contact with the dwarven cities of the Flail Mountains, including Ashurhaddon, Assurba'al, and Harsibad, as well as the interior domains of the kobolds and the human city-states of the present-day Serpent Coast.
Absolution is an immense conurbation ruled by the so-called 'Petty Gods', and quarrelsome alliance of the enigmatic androgynous race known as 'silvers'. The city is some 70 miles in diameter, and rests on an artificial collection of ruins that is roughly a mile in height. At the center stands an immense statue of the 'godling' silver known as Abydion. The major districts of the city are Heaven, Peace, Serenity, Calm, Sanctuary, Halcyon, Corona, Charity, Patience, and Mercy ...
This metropolis is ruled by the Eight Archangels of the Elder Elemental Eye: Ba'athsarba, Isaaru'el, Nahammamiah,
Sprawling on a massive pillar of red rock some seven miles in height, and some 56 miles in width, the teeming millions of the city are afforded one of the greatest vistas in the Lands of Torment.
The city is divided into eighteen quarters, each of which is ruled over by a titulary 'Quartermaster' or 'Quartermistress'. The ascent to the city is accomplished by an ingenious network of elevator platforms and depot stations that wind around the immense pillar. In all, the city holds some 50 million inhabitants. Standing in the midst of the city is the 'Crystal Garden', the largest outgrowth of the psionically-charged minerals that interlace the entirety of the formidable summit upon which Illusium rests.
The Eighteen 'Quarters'
Last edited by Marcarius5555; 2021-02-07 at 06:39 PM.