A city of Emperors, a city of Eastern Trade, a city of God. The Great is the Imperial Capital one of the biggest cities in the world, housing over 300,000 people. The City is dominated by it's beautiful architecture, however, much of this architecture is merely maintained and little has been built in such impressive fashion. Much of the city's greatness may have left her but the corruption and the plots and schemes of power-hungry nobles and politicians have grown ever deeper. The Imperial capital has seen glory and excellence, collapse and corruption but still the city lives on.
Paranopolis while true to the Virandæic Culture at it's heart has seen influences from many cultures spread across the city from trade. The City's excellent sewer system rid it of putrid stenches and in many parts of the city one can smell the enticing aroma of food cooked with spices which are relatively uncommon outside of the Capital.
92% Native Inhabitants. (Virandæic)
7% Foreign Artisans and Merchants.
Under the law of Virandrás, Paranopolis along with the other Central Virterene Isles is techincally a free city which is always under the rule of the Sitting Emperor. In practice however, the City is effectively part of the Capitaline theme, which along with several forts and naval bases, function as the Emperor's Demense with Paranopolis serving as it's Capital. The City is officially run by an elected Council, which is so corrupt that some of it's seats are now hereditary in all but name and the peasants are often viciously stopped from voting for what few seats they can. In reality, the city is ruled by a smaller council appointed by the Emperor.
Despite being situated on islands, the isles have high stone walls with machiculations surrounding each island. The isles are connected by walled stone bridges with battlements and the bridges can be destroyed if absolutely nessecary during siege. The City has a standard garrison of 2000 men whom serve as guardsmen for the city, these soldiers are assisted by about 400 military engineers to man the siege weapons on the walls and the Imperial Guard is usually attached to the city and they field about 200 foot and 50 cavalry. However the real defense of the city is the Imperial Navy. North of the City, where the Clowhorns come quite close to each other, the Navy houses their chain which the pull across, blocking sea acess to the bay and thusly, the city. The city walls are defended with an array of siege weapons which include 57 wall-mounted Ballistæ and Catapults, several trebuchets positioned behind the walls and the city has taken quickly but cautiously to black powder and has installed 2 wall-mounted cannon. The biggest fort of Legio I Capitalitana, the Castrum Elergius is located only about 10 Melans from the City's Western Gate and can give relief to the City or take Cover behind it's walls if the Outer Isles are taken by hostile forces.
Due to it's position as the Imperial Capital, Paranopolis has been a centre of trade for the Empire. It's also a big production centre and raw materials are sent to the capital, are made into goods and then shipped to be sold in markets near and far. The City is famous for it's battered fish, spice cakes and maple wood furniture known as Imperial Maple.
The City has high stone walls surrounding it connected with bridges of marble, unlike in other cities, it is illegal to live on the bridges for defensive reasons. The City is supplied with water by 2 aqueducts one from the Vetric hills south of the city, and the other from a natural spring within the city itself.
The city has 12 granaries which are filled with wheat, barley and a lesser amount of salted meat and vegetables for Winter or in case of a bad harvest.
The City of Godsgrace was one of the first Virandæic settlements and it was founded in 38AV. The City eventually became a small trade centre.
Due to it's defensive nature and trade potential, Paranus chose it as the Capital for his new Empire. From then, the city rapidly grew with the influx of Civil Servants, Dignitaries and Merchants. Following the death of Paranus, the City was renamed in his honour in 47AI. In 14AI, following the definitive Trinitist Schism, the pro-Imperial Phillopite faction based itself in the city and it's first Patriach Supreme, St.Phillip was installed in the City's First Thragoram. The City is home to several military installations and is where the prestigious St.Vesperian Military Academy is located.
Over the years, the city has seen many coups and even some sieges but it's remained mostly unscathed throughout. More recently, the city saw the coup against Magnus IV after which he siezed absolute power.
It is said that in the heyday of the city, even the lowliest streets of Paranopolis were completely free of dirt and rubbish and were lined with golden statues. While this is an exaggeration, the idea of the great city holds true
Parranium is situated on the 2 centre-most isles in Virterene bay and the Western reaches of the city lie on the shore of Islabaradon, the biggest island. The smaller but more important island known as Impera Paradicia has a hill roughly in the centre of the island which is believed to have been a volcano in ancient times. The hill is topped by a Majestic Citadel known as the City of the Two Thrones. The name is reference to the Marble Throne of the Emperors in the Imperial Palace and the Empty Throne reserved for Altha, the Virandæic God behind the Altar in the Grand Thragoram.
The Area of the Imperial City is almost 13 Cenectars.