Konigsburg

       Konigsburg is a vast tribute to the arts of war and conquest, and so it is the best representation of the Falian heart. Its building are large, heavily carved and made of the hard, dark stone so common in Falia. Matched against this stern and forbidding architecture are the large number of museums, displays of art and the relics of past campaigns. While there are many museums and outdoor areas with statues and murals throughout the city, the subject of the most of these are heroes and battles and similar aspects of wars.

       Two unusual buildings dominate the city. The great castle of the King of the Empire, Schloss Dragonis, is at the eastern edge of the city on a tall, steeply sloped hill. It is dark and very plain. Each detail of its construction is devoted to the purpose of defense and war. It is uncluttered by design or frivolous additions and is said to be one of the most uncomfortable buildings ever conceived.

       At the other end of both the architectural and geographical spectra of the city is the Grand Cathedral of the Maker. This building is also made of the dark Falian stone but is ornate in the extreme and its spires reach heavenward. It is here that the heart of the Maker’s Church beats.

       From the founding of the original Empire, Kongisburg was the center of Imperial government and home to the King or Queen. In 989 IR, Queen Catherine moved the imperial capital to Courtilay in Calumbria, now regarded as the first step in a sequence of events, which led to the split of the Empire north and south. Once the southern provinces broke away from the empire, Konigsburg once again became the capital of what came to be called The Northern Empire. The city of Konigsburg also belongs to Von Konigsburg family, and is the center of the Duchy. They have always ruled in Konigsburg and have shaped its structure and growth for more than a thousand years of recorded history. Also, each King or Queen has maid their mark on the city. It is an event of some significance at the crowning of a new leader a new cultural landmark is also created. this addition, generally a museum or plaza, is planned and built to represent the personality and direction of the new ruler.

       The most famous example of this custom is the legacy of Queen Monica, a great sorceress. When one walks the streets of Konigsburg, on quickly becomes aware of the signposts at almost every corner. While there are relatively few who can read them, these signs mark the name of each and every road in the city. In 478 IR, Queen Monica decided that her city would be made more navigable by making certain that each path in the city had a clear mark upon it. This mark would give the recorded name of the thoroughfare for all to see. They are set upon thick iron poles, and each one stands ten feet high. This did indeed make travel around the city easier, for the literate at least.

       Konigsburg is the armorial center of the Northern Empire, much of to the benefit of the Great Falian Company. Knights from all the northern lands go there, as do smiths of great expertise and reputation, as it is the greatest achievement for an armorer to enter the Konigsburg Guild of Master Armourers. Falians and all who would share their appreciation and exultation of fine armour go there to order the best that they can afford.

       One of thse steel masterpeices can take several years to complete and many fittings are required. The steel is often ornately engraved and patterend, but no better is made for turning a sword or mace, and many of these suits are capable of resisting magical attacks. It is the mark of great honor to have a suit of armour made by one of the master smiths of Konigsburg, and so great is the demand for their services that a Falian noble will commonly buy a year of a great smiths’ time when a child is born, to be used years later when the child is grown.

       In 549 IR the crowing of King Franz brought with it the building of the Rihaj dome. The Dome was the gift of then Sultan Almed Hem Ech Atma Rihaj. It was a gift for the new King even though Molam was not a part of the Empire. The Dome of Rihaj sits atop the Konigsburg Art Hall. It is completely gilded in gold, and line with intricate carvings depicting the great moments in the Empire’s history. All these images, when seen together, for concentric lines, all lines converging at the pinnacle of the Dome, the Diamond of Rihaj. This flawless stone shines with spectacular brilliance when struck with even the slightest ray of sun. It casts mystical rainbows of colored light and dark all over its surrounding in an unending display of a Sultans respect for the king.

       ON the southwest corner of the city sits a thing of true beauty and reverence, the Grove of the Gods. It is formed by a series of wondrously old and gnarled trees, whos branches intertwine in a collage of natural elegance, forming a canopy of living beauty. In the center of this grove there once stood a stwelve-foot ice statue of the god Triquill. An ever-moving Air Elemental that kept the ice from melting constantly surrounded it. When Triquill and Harvester joined to form the Wylds, the statue was reformed by the elemental into the likeness of the Wylds. It remains today an important icon of this young church.

       The Baths of Britte have long been a favorite of the citizesn of Konigsburg. This is a marvelous series of interconnected baths that stretch nearly three city blocks. They are kept soothingly warm because of the ingenious design of Master Artisan Horatio of Calais. This design feeds the baths with a network of tunnels and pipes from the deep natural hot springs that undergrid the city. Most of the baths are open to any free citizen of the empire. There is a segregated section reserved for the nobility. The public portion of the baths consist of large stone pools, most of which are connected by four foot wide channels to allow the patrons to move from pool to pool without ever having to leave the water. The noble section of the baths are white marble, and each pool is surrounded by a gleaming trim of pure gold.

Konigsburg

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