Zephys is the multi-layered, floating capital city of the Draconian, and the hub of all magic in the world. It is home to the Magic College, which helps to make it the largest city in the world, and helps keep it ahead of the curve of all magical discoveries.
Major LocationsBeing the largest city in the world, Zephys has many locations of note that are known throughout the world. Tourists will come from all over to see these famous locations, and it is for these places that many even move in to the city. Zephys is split into three layers, each floating above the last: Lower Zephys, Upper Zephys, and the Magic College.
Magic CollegeThe most well known location in Zephys is the Magic College, a floating, ornate castle that soars above the city of Zephys thanks to being locked in place by the magic of Kath the Eternal, the Golden Dragon Lord who built it, and helped by the first Grand Wizard Kilprax Ildial. It is enormous, fitting within it two dorm towers for male and female students, four classrooms, an arena, eight offices for professors, the Clolith Library, Magic College Prison, and many other rooms. It is also the main residence and workspace of the Grand Wizard, who not only runs Zephys, but is in charge of all Draconian peoples. Students study here for four years in classes of 16 students, living either in the dorms or in homes in the city of Zephys. One can likely not go a single day in Zephys without seeing a student from the Magic College either causing or fixing some form of mischief, unless the students are all on a class trip somewhere. People travel from all over the world to go here, and the students need only have one thing: magic. The Magic College has an underside that senses the time of day outside. When it is daytime, it replicates sunlight, or even the limited sunlight of a cloudy day. At night, it will be darker but will illuminate the streets so people can see. When it rains, the Magic College itself produces rain to the people of Zephys.
Upper ZephysUpper Zephys is the district of the nobles. It floats above Lower Zephys and below the Magic College, kept up by the same magic as the Magic College, even replicating the weather and sun like the castle in the sky. It is considered to be the rich filling of the sandwich that is Zephys, as Lower Zephys is a bottom bun and the Magic College is the top.
Noble MansionsNobles live in mansions that make up the majority of the Upper Zephys district. Nearly every street in the floating layer is at least 3/4 made up of mansions, if not entirely. These mansions are mostly owned by the nobles born into prominent families, like the Ildials, Nurdeshes, or Zrarakases. The family is raised there and then the eldest child inherits it. However, some mansions are bought by those who have gained enough wealth and prominence to become nobles, like the Eltan mansion, bought by the first noble in the Eltan dynasty, Jargar Eltan. It is a mixed bag on how these nobles will react to someone trespassing on their land. Some will be welcoming, like the Eltans often are, while others like the Ildials will often, instead, attack trespassers or tourists, or at least tell them to leave.
Magic College WarehouseThe Magic College has some supplies they do not or cannot keep with the students. This is also a place where more volatile spells can be tested. The Grand Wizard owns this building and uses it for whatever they please related to the college. Some give it to the Professors to use, others simply store things in it. Its most prominent use was to hide the studies of a group that 64th Grand Wizard Salasar Feaphed gathered to understand and unlock the fundamental powers from the source of magic itself. It is not only not open to the public, but anyone who trespasses will likely face punishment from the Grand Wizard themselves. Tourists should stay away from the warehouse.
Fancy RestaurantsBeing a rich district, one can find some of the finest dining anywhere in Draconian Territory in no better place than Upper Zephys. This shows best in the restaurants of Upper Zephys. Much of the fancy cuisine they serve is either clearly Elvish dishes like escargot or cafe gourmand, or Draconian dishes with an Elven twist on them like pasta with creamy onion. One must keep up their manners at the restaurants of Upper Zephys, as there are often people watching and judging. Some of these restaurants include:
- The Holy Rooftop
- la Cuisine Incroyable
- The Proud Crown
Lower ZephysUnlike the other two major districts of the city, Lower Zephys does not fly. It is the ground level of Zephys and the single largest commercial hub in Southern Elone.
Residential AreasLike Upper Zephys, it has homes. Unlike Upper Zephys, however, these are not really mansions. For the most part, they are small houses or large apartment buildings scattered throughout the city. These are not for the rich, but instead for the everyday citizens, students, and workers of Zephys.
FoundingIn all technicality, Zephys was partially built by Kath the Eternal, the Golden Dragon Lord and first creature to live on Totania. The exact year he began and completed construction on what he built is unclear, but what is known is that he did not build the city itself. Instead, he built the Magic College, the top layer of the city.
IldialIn -1800, however, a Draconian from Evity decided to travel to the strange structure in the distant sky. Many had tried previously, but it was dangerous and there seemed to be few ways to even get up there. Therefore, it was only when this Draconian used his ingenuity and clever tricks to get from the ground to the school in the sky. This Draconian's name was: Kilprax Ildial. Kilprax then studied under Kath, being the first and only student at the Magic College, studying for one thousand years there with Kath to become the strongest mage in history, learning everything there is to know about magic and the world.
Great Draconian MigrationIn -797, Kilprax Ildial revealed himself to the world as the first Grand Wizard, alongside announcing he would be opening the Magic College soon. Over the course of those 1000 years, he had worked with Kath to build the foundations of a city, not much, but a bit that could be built out. With Kilprax's announcement, a flood of people came from all areas of Draconian Territory, populating the city with new people, diverse magic types, and unique perspectives. These new citizens helped to build the city out, and with Kilprax's help established a system of wealth and nobility in Upper Zephys and a system of commerce and business in Lower Zephys. Kilprax also split some of this population into the village of Yirthum nearby.
Elven Influence and DiversityIt was after Kilprax's death, in -737, that things changed in Zephys. Tobor Tuldad became the second Grand Wizard, and with the Elves telling him what to do, he opened the city and the Magic College up to all people, not just Draconians. While Zephys was already fairly diverse without these laws, with Tobor's opening of the college to all, it was a great incentive to diversify the population even more. Ever since, one would find people of all walks of life, all backgrounds, all races, and all magic affinities in Zephys. It is the largest city in the world thanks to its acceptance and diversity being well ahead of the rest of the world.
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-1800 Opening Date
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