Capital of the Dwarven Kingdom
Industry & Trade
Specialty MetalsDwarves often specialize in metalworking and smithing, but in many instances, these tradesmen work with specialty metals that cannot be easily forged by others. Adamantite, Celestial Metals, and Noble Metals are commonly used by the Dwarves in their work and fetch high prices on the market. Due to their blessings from Crommel, only Dwarves can forge Adamantite, making it a coveted and rare metal. Alloys made of normal metals are also common in Dwarven work, but specialty metals are often the most popular in markets.
Trade GoodsWith the presence of the School of Mines in Sapphire City, almost any type of good made by a craftsman can be found in the markets here. Items such as weapons, armor, jewelry, various drinks, statues, cast iron cookware, and a variety of other goods handcrafted by Dwarves fill the various markets and are shipped elsewhere to fill needs. One may find Dwarven-made goods in nearly every corner of Vóreios and even in Nótios.
GuildsGuilds are an important part of driving the industry and keeping the quality of goods high. The title of Master Dwarf adds to this as trade goods are regulated both by the guilds and Dwarven Law as well, requiring only the best items to be sold under the banner of the Dwarven Kingdom.
Artisan DistrictThe love of crafting and the trades has created a great deal of workshops and artisan guilds throughout the city. It is common to find pockets of open-air workshops with forges, looms, and other workstations where various Dwarves are plying their trades and answering questions for the travelers that may stumble upon them. Few tradesmen actually sell goods from their workshops, instead choosing to sell goods in the markets so that they may focus on their work or educate those that pass by.
Market DistrictMarkets tend to be on the lowest level of the city where travelers will wander past day when they enter the city. Various stalls and buildings will line the streets, selling all sorts of wares as well as food and drink. These pockets of markets are often not far from the inns and taverns as it makes these areas accessible to all travelers, no matter their stature or physicality. The higher levels are somewhat difficult to reach and are not always traveled to by outsiders.
Education DistrictWith the three main academies of the Dwarves in Sapphire City, a great portion of the upper terraces is taken up by academy buildings, training grounds, museums, and other educational sites. Training mines, additional workshops, and storage buildings for the academies are also common and almost always bustling with activity. Other than the market district, this area is the
Government DistrictThe government district is by far the most centralized of all the districts with every building used for government purposes being within five minutes walking distance. These buildings are often the most ornate in the city and are set apart by their coloration. All buildings in this district are open to the public and it is not uncommon to see the Dwarven King conversing with his people outside of the council hall or the royal palace.
Crest of the Sapphire City
HistoryBuilt in a natural cavern, the Sapphire City was the first city to be built by the Dwarves once they claimed the land under the Great Furnaces as their own. This cave provided ample defenses and a great deal of raw stone that could be shaped and turned into something of grandeur. Over the course of hundreds of years, stone was mined and shaped into the various buildings, terraces, and walkways that filled the cavern and made a bustling city. Once pristine, the Dwarves have allowed nature to take over parts of the city as the years have passed. Stalactites and stalagmites have grown from the walls and walkways, adding a rough-hewn look to perfectly cut stone and intricate metalwork. Parts of the city have grown and changed over the millennia, but most additions have been adornments and cleaning up any rubble or miscellaneous stone that should not be.
Guilds & Factions
Rubycrafters GuildThe Rubycrafters Guild is the largest artisan guild in the Sapphire City, having members for every trade offered at the School of Mines. Members of this guild are said to be some of the most well-educated and talented craftsmen in the Dwarven Kingdom.
Craftsmen guilds in the Dwarven Kingdom have long histories and ties to the most well-known Master Dwarves the Kingdom has ever seen. This is what sets the Rubycrafters apart, offering membership to a large number of trades.
Thunderbeard ClanHistorically, the Thunderbeard Clan has been the noble clan of the Dwarven Kingdom, creating an extremely long line of strong rulers that have served the Kingdom well. Members of this clan have served as monarchs, Generals, and in other positions of power.
The Thunderbeard Clan has ruled the Dwarven Kingdom for millennia, ruling their people with a just, but strong hand. To them, Dwarven Law is paramount, but can also be changed with the times.