Bakieh, the Jewel City of the Marshes, is capital of the Morsii province of Victellus and the largest city upon the continent. Founded by the Armorta people over 3000 years ago as a small village, Bakieh grew to an impressive trade city throughout the first and second millennium. It was conquered by the Sura Empire in the 15th century, but has continued to hold a preeminent position among the cities of Victellus since. Today it is home to the Neratoria Cunia, the world's largest bank, as well as large naval fleets and the Aisu Trading Guild's Suran headquarters. The ships of Bakieh connect all the cities of Victellus and Terrosea, and bring great wealth back to the city. Due to its rich trading business, the markets of Bakieh are legendary, and perhaps second only to the markets of Juventius - selling all the goods that filter back from its trader's distant trips. Spices, enchantments, Vis and Ytherin, exotic fabrics and rare animals, artifacts and books of all sorts.
Bakieh today is ruled by the Prince of Bakieh, a title held by the House Ermitia. The house are largely absent overlords, preferring their country homes to the city's offerings. As such, a city council elected by the trading families of Bakieh handles day to day considerations, subject to Ermitia veto.
Bakieh is largely focused upon trade. With few natural resources worth exploiting, the city long ago progressed to a center of capital not goods. Here, many of the greatest trading families of Sura have made their home. Its convenient port has made it highly successful, for trade ships can moor at the very foot of the cities walls most of the year, and the Armortan willingness to travel extreme distances in search of profit.
Bakieh is built upon a semi-artificial island within brine marshes. Here, like most Armortan cities, it is protected by a intricate system of flood walls and gates. During summer, as the tides lower, the water around the city is drained and quick growing crops planted in the fertile silt. By autumn, it floods again and water reaches the city walls for the rest of the year. Great walls encircle the city, protecting it from the rising flood waters in spring when melting ice from upstream floods into the marshes and mangroves. The city has several ports, which allow ships to reach the very steps of the city to load goods. The Dax Bakieh, an ancient citadel, sits at the center of the city - occupied today by the Neratoria Cunia. During the rare occasions where the walls are breached, the raised citadel serves as evacuation for the city denizens.
- Large city
- Owning Organization
- House Ermitia