The City at the River Mouths
Gaul FalithGaul Falith is no pretty castle, nor is it grand like that of the Burbric kings. Instead it is sturdy, made to stand the test of time. In that it has been successful: safe for a handful of reparations and minor expansions it has stood strong since the days of Looras the Great, eight hundred years ago. Hofendal, the capital of Rasfadal, is watched over by the castle called Gaul Falith. It is the home of the Fendalian kings and their family. The main keep houses the royal family members and guard and staff, while while several buildings in the courtyard provide room for smiths, guards, horses, additional staff and guest. Lately the castle has been full of Homeless Lords pleading to the king to support them in taking back their holdings in The Swamps, while the old king himself spends most of his time in his private quarters. With no living relatives and his son dead there will be no heir after he dies. He is well aware that some lords are already plotting to take his place before his body is cold, and is willing to do anything to keep that from happening.
City WallsThe city is surrounded by a 3 km long, 9m tall wall lined with 29 towers. Entry to the city I granted via several fortified gates including 3 main gates, 2 river gates and a sea gate. Around the outer wall the inhabitants have dug a 4-6 meter deep ditch with the only access to the city via wooden bridges.
BlacksmithThe best and only blacksmith in the city is Yolanda. She creates some of the finest weaponry and tools in The Crownlands.
Built Like A HouseIf you need something buit, Arfur is your man. With months of experience and a single happy customer you can't go wrong here.
City StablesCharl runs the city stables. Here you can rest your horse or buy a new one. It's fairly safe and if your horse gets stolen you can just buy a new one.
Dapper & DashingThe finest clothes in the region come from Dapper & Dashing, a shops owned by the ever so lovely Daph and Dash.
Dr. GrymmAlong Sick Lane you'll find a rundown establishment where Dr. Grymm will treat anyone and anything, no questions asked.
Everything & MoreCome one, come all, to Olrick's store; whatever you need, whatever you want, here you'll find everything and more!
Gems & JewelsJowel runs a small business selling all sorts of gems, jewels and other trinkets. Some have special properties, so make sure to stop by.
Good GarmentsIf Dapper and Dashing is to expensive for you you can always visit Good Garments, a second hand clothes shop run by Helena.
Howling HoundThe Howling Hound is the oldest tavern in Hofendal. Gustar is the owner and offers the finest ale and the cheapest wine of the city.
Jumping GooseLocated at Goose Square you find the Jumping Goose where you are... served by geese? I honestly don't know what's going on here.
Knight's Choice"The longsword, eh? Knight's Choice!" When you visit this cutler you'll certainly hear Findell make this pun. Just laugh and pretend it's fun.
New StablesThe New Stables are like a resort for your horse. Anky cares for them like they're her own, and may not want to part with them again.
Paint and PortraitsGwyneth is a sweet young woman who has only ever wanted to be a painter and now she has worked her way up to be the painter of the royal court
Parchment & QuillDarrick is an old researcher and chronicler selling books and scrolls. Whatever knowledge you're looking for, he might know where to find it.
Rolling BarrelThe barrel rollers will often roll barrels from the port all the way to Bankers' Square. By the time they get there Torsten will welcome them in his tavern.
Royal PiesThe best pies come from Hermann, the royal pastry cook. He runs his own shop where you can get all sorts of pies and cakes.
Spice and PotionsBragwyr imports many exotic spices and brews potions with them. Some have magical properties, other's make you trip balls.
Tumbling GiantThe first thing you see when you enter the city through the tower gate is the Tumbling giant, where Tholiag offers giant-size drinks and meals.
Weary SailorOne day a sailor left his ship and ran all the way across town to get a drink. He swore he'd never sail again. He sailed off the next day, but the kinda stuck.
Ye Olde BackereijThe newest addition to Clother's Street is Ye Olde Backereij, a fine little bakery run by the grandmotherly Gladys.
Guilds and Factions
The Bankers' CollectiveThe safety of The Crownlands brings all sorts of traders and travellers and these in turn bring coin. After Looras the Great secured his kingdom’s borders it was not long before the first bank of Hofendal was founded. Over time several more followed until a handful of banks competed within the Crownlands. After several decades of competition they decided to join forces in what became known as the Banker’s Collective. The banks effective joined to form one large bank that would continue to fund many lords and ladies and even the crown itself. The Bankers’ Collective can be sought out if one is in need of coin, but beware of what you’re getting into: every bank gets their money back, and the Bankers’ Collective is no exception.
The Cartographers' GuildTheir goal is to map the entire world to the smallest details. The Cartographers' Guild is an age old organization of men and women that go on dangerous expeditions to places that none have gone before. The origins of the guild go back to the days of Looras the Great. When the king conquered new lands there were no detailed maps of his lands and he commissioned Machelmus of Hariwode to map his newly conquered lands. It was a time of rapid expansion and the field surveys of the cartographer took longer than the military conquests of his employer. When Looras died the maps were not yet finished and Machulmus and his son and grandson continued refining the maps until their job was done. The overal process took over 80 years and throughout this time the cartographers sought out many other chroniclers and map makers to exchange information. Eventually these people joined together and formed a guild. When the map of Rasfadal was completed they continued their work and focused on mapping nearby lands and eventually set their goals to capturing the entire world. Throughout the years the guild has organized many expeditions. Some to nearby lands, others to the foreign jungles in the south or the frozen wastelands to the north. In recent years a new continent has been discovered leading to a significant increase in work for and importance of the guild.
The Order of the White LionI am great, so I serve the small.
I am strong, so I serve the weak.
I am true, so I serve the false. One of the oldest knightly orders of the realm, the Order of the White Lion dates back to the days of Looras the Great. During his rule Looras called on his bravest men and women and tasked them to roam the land and fight the smaller evils that he himself could not attend to. These men and women became the first knight of the Order of the White Lion, sworn to protect the people of Rasfadal. To have them stay true to their cause Looras had them swear their oath to the people, rather them their king. Long after Looras’ death the knights were called upon fight in the king’s war. Since then the knights have mostly served as King’s Guard and elite forces in the Fendalian Military.
Points of interest
Gaul FalithThe largest landmark in the city is the great castle at its centre. This is where the king and his court live, surrounded by a four meter deep ditch on all sides.
Hofendal TheatreAll sorts of plays are performed in the Hofendal Theatre, from comedies to tragedies. Additionally great tournaments are held here.
Church of YoruAt the end of Church Street is this church, recognizable by its boring architecture and unappealing art collection.
Order of the White LionThe Order of the White Lion headquarter is in an old castle on the west side of the town. It has a training ground and grand hall for their ceremonies.
Cartographers' GuildOn market square you'll find this large building and tower. The place was built in the early years of the kingdom and has remained mostly unchanged.
White Lion GateTo enter the city from the north one has to pass through the White Lion Gate. It is a large building with double portcullis and murder holes.
Chapel of St. StyngIn Gravesend is the chapel of the patron of farmers and peasants. His chapel is a modest building with a single tower with a sun at the top.
Port BridgeRasfadal isn't renowned for it's engineering achievements, but the Port Bridge is one of the largest bridges in the kingdom, crossing the Bay of Fendal.
Sudvelt GateTo the south is Sudvelt Gate which leads into the South Field district. This gate is an extension of one of the towers and
Temple of MiloryThis temple is a large white building with a single white spire in the middle. Inside are beautiful collections of floers and plants.
Bankers' CollectiveAt Bankers' Square is a large stone building and tower. A collection of bankers operate from here and the tower is built on top of their unbreakable vault.
Ædmund's CrossingAt this crossing you'll find joyful markets and performers almost every day. It is surrounded by a small castle which has since become a gate.
St. Gurond's ChapelThe patron saint of sailors has a chapel build in his honor near the docks. Before departure many sailors visit the chapel to pray for safe travels.
Tower GateTo enter the Merchant District one has to pass through the Tower Gate, the newest gate of the city and watched by two tall towers.
The PortIn the south part of the city is the port, located between Westport and the Merchant District. It's a busy area with always at least a dozen ships docked.
Sea GateThe sea gate is a small opening in the city walls, with an extended wall going halfway into the Bay of Fendal. A narrow opening of about 100 meters can be closed off by a huge chain.
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