The Grand City of Malvarron
The city is located in Mid-western Elvara, to the east of the Iron River. As the capital of the Empire, and the biggest city on the continent by far, Malvarron is in a strategic location. It is surrounded by fertile land with all farmers having to meet quotas to support the population of the city. Merchants may access the city by water, using the Ersatz Harbour, or any of the main roads of the continent which all lead to Malvarron. The city is a major trading hub, with waterway access to the Empire’s largest international port in the south, and in the north.
DistrictsThe city has several districts which, considering their size, could be considered small towns in their own right.
Revaelor was established by Ander Tarryn in 1 A.E, shortly after the fall of Mathidon. As a human, Ander had experienced firsthand the suffering that the people of Elvara had endured during the fascist rule of the elvish Mathidoni. He promised that Revaelor would be a place of refuge for any individuals in need of shelter. Most notably, he offered a place for those labelled as D’amakur according to ‘the old ways’. Revaelor thrived as a settlement, and like many of the settlements established after the Great War, it rapidly grew into an autonomous city state.
Law and Order
The Black CloaksLaw and order in the City of Malvarron is overseen by the City Watch, colloquially known as the . The primary function of the Black Cloaks is to enforce the Emperor’s law within The Grand City of Malvarron so that The Vanguard and the Crimson Order can maintain the law on the borders and in occupied cities. Watchmen have the power of arrest and decide on the sentencing of criminals for minor crime. As the Empire carries the death penalty, the Watch exercises a great deal of power over the people of Malvarron, preferring to offer them a literal stick rather than a carrot.
The Criminal UnderworldDespite the brutality of the Watch, the capital is rumoured to have an extensive criminal underworld. Some even point to the existence of an Undercity of sorts, where criminals roam freely without the watchful eye of the black cloaks.
"Everyone’s heard rumours of a so-called Undercity, but I’m not convinced. You’d think if the criminal classes had founded an entire city underground that the City Watch would have found it by now and flushed them out. Unless, of course, the watch is made up of total idiots. I’ll let you make your own mind up on that one."Jon Danton, a Malvarri Artisan
The Regulation of MagicThe late Emperor, Augustas Malvarro, focussed on dark magic as the cause for all the tragedies of the ‘Era of Unbearable Sorrow’, and this a primary reason he could garner enough sympathy and popular support for the Vanguard Revolution. The regulation of magic laws within the Empire means that magic is illegal in the capital without a licence. Licences are scarcely given unless you are a trusted alchemist, herbalist, or healer, and anyone witnessed or reported to the Watch or the The Crimson Order, for practicing illegal magic risks the death penalty.
Organised OppositionSince the assassination of Emperor Augustas in 1381 A.E., rumours of an organised resistance group known as The Wardens of Ethera thought to be operating within the city and the wider Empire have been circulating around the city. Thought to have been established around 1335 AE by an individual known only as the Kirin. The order apparently seeks to overthrow the Empire and all of its ‘tyrannical’ institutions. These rumours were so convincing that Emperor Lucianno, upon learning of their threat, made a specific decree outlawing the organisation in 1394 A.E.
From the Eighteenth Day of Silvana 1394, any individual found to be working for/with the organised resistance group calling themselves ‘The Wardens of Ethera’, is guilty of high treason under Emperor’s Decree XXXV. This decree extends to those who have supported, aided, or aligned themselves with the group in the past. Those guilty of High Treason can be held without trial and can be put the death for crimes against the Empire and its people.Consequently, the group is covert, and little is known about them. However, they do, according to the authorities, possess brands upon their person in the shape of a ‘W’ making them instantly recognisable to authorities should they ever be caught.-Emperor Lucianno Malvarro, 1394
Economy and Trade
Despite more than two-thirds of the city living in poverty, Malvarron is considered the most prosperous city in the Empire. It’s location at the centre of Elvara, and its proximity to the Iron River, enables it to be a powerhouse of national and international Since the Age of Unbearable Sorrow, the climate of Elvara has remained temperate. Therefore, the areas surrounding the City of Malvarron are able to produce a vast array of agricultural goods unrivaled by farmers in other areas of the continent. Some of these goods are exported to other cities in the Empire and to other nations such as The Ember Isles and Kuldrith, which have harsher, more extreme weather. This includes crops such as wheat and barley, livestock such as moorpig and fruit/vegetables. The continent is gifted with an abundance of precious metals such as iron, gold, copper and silver which are brought into the city largely from where mining is an immense form of industry. This, along with the fact that the capital contains arguably the best artisans in the Astaeri Region, means that some districts in the city prosper greatly from trade, though this is often at the expense of peasants and commoners who are exploited for their labour.
(Name changed in 1331 A.E)
Did you know...
The Azure Palace is so named due to the hundreds of arched windows in its achitecture which are made from Shimmerglass, a rare irridecent mineral which appears green-blue in direct sunlight.
Dungeons & Destruction
The Mage Quarter in the Quadrant, was destroyed following Emperor Augustas' taking of the throne. Once home to experts in arcane magic, the magi who lived there were rounded up and imprisoned during the Magi Purge in 1332 A.E. According to reports they were shipped off to and interned at the Erragar school of Arcana, which the Empire had apparently turned into a specialist prison. Few managed to escape the Empire's clutches. The Quarter now lies in ruins.
Meaning ‘Dark Ones’ in the language of the Mathidoni, the term ‘D’amakur’ historically referred to humans born with the gift of magic. The Mathidoni believed to be born with the gift of magic was a blessing from the gods, an affirmation that the individual should occupy a high place in society. However, at that time they viewed humans as little more than savages and slaves, deeming them unworthy of the blessing of the gods. They therefore concluded that any human born with magical abilities was an abomination created by dark forces. In more recent times, the phrase, and its shortened version 'kur,' has seen as a resurgence in popularity as an offensive term for all magic users which the Empire deem a threat to the peace of the realm.
The Great Empire of Malvarron
The Empire of Malvarron is located on the continent of Elvara at the centre of the Astaeri region. It was founded in 1331 AE following 'The Vanguard Revolution', which brought the previous regime to an abrupt and violent end.
The Malvarri Military
The durability of the Great Empire of Malvarron depends largely on the support of the military. This need for loyalty extends to all three sectors: the Vanguard, the Watch and the Crimson order.
The Ersatz Harbour
The Ersatz harbour is an artificial inlet of the Iron River which provides waterway access to the the City of Malvarron.
The Common Man's Guide to Astaeria
The Common Man's Guide to Astaeria is a collection of essays and articles written, by scholar and historian Eldeth Cordell of Bridgeport, in the year 1355 AE...
The Drifting Rose
The Drifting Rose is an abandoned (ex) merchant's vessel turned cabaret bar, located in the Ersatz Harbor in the city of Malvarron.
Magic and the Empire
From the Twelfth Day of Solas 1331, any individual found to be committing, or have committed a magical act, without an authentic ‘Magical Practitioner’s Licence’, will be guilty of an offence under Emperor’s decree XI.
The Ethereal Tide is the theoretical name given to the form of divine magic drawn directly from the raw power of nature. Believed to be a gift from the creator of the world, the Goddess Ethera, the Ethereal Tide is the supposed force behind Orthodox Mag