Cornerstone Settlement in Ultima Thule | World Anvil


At the source of the River Insun lies the town of Cornerstone, a beautiful spa town set at the bottom of a valley surrounded on all sides by green hills. Due to its fortuitous postion on the Insun it is also a major trade hub with a nickname of "The Gateway to the West", it is the last port wide enough for large ships on the Insun and it has excellent land links to many of the provinces. If Lindum is the first city of the Empire, Cornerstone is surely the second.   Nobles from all over the Empire flock to Cornerstone to bathe in the miraculous waters that spring up from hidden sources rejuvenating them, and while they are there they can pick up some of the finest jewelry outside of Lindum. For those non-nobles who visit Cornerstone they find it is one of the most comprehensively stocked markets in the Empire, every single province and district is represented there and you can usually find a little bit of everything in the town.


  • 55% Imperial Human
  • 15% Imperial Thesselv
  • 20% Imperial Verstite
  • 10% Miscellaneous Slaves


Cornerstone is governed by the Legion, a Centurion is stationed within Cornerstone at all times. While ultimately responsible for Cornerstone the Centurion has a council of tradesmen, religious people and other prominent citizens of Cornerstone from whom he takes advice on the running of the town.


Cornerstone has a Century of troops present from the VIIIth legion at all times, the Centurion of which has special dispensation to hire as many militia and mercenaries as required to secure the town. As such Cornerstone is incredibly well defended.

Industry & Trade

The primary industry of Cornerstone is entertainment and public baths, peoples from all over the Empire flock through Cornerstone on the way to Lindum or out West, the spas and bath houses are constantly overflowing with patrons as it is a handy stopping point. Due to this trade is extremely fast moving in the town, below are some of the more common items available.    
Trade Item Imported From Destination/Uses
Aqua Vitae Cornerstone natural springs Across the empire, the water is said to rejuvenate the mind and body.
Grain Central Provinces Cornerstone is a central distribution point for a lot of the grain from the Central Provinces owing to the large port.
Wine Central Provinces For consumption in Cornerstone after a long baths session.
Oils Gresya Olive Oils and Fish Oils imported for washing in the Spa/Baths
Jewelery Western Provinces Generally sold to nobles and other well off peoples visiting Cornerstone.
Western-Style Weapons Western Provinces Curved blades, jade spears and other exotic weaponry from the peoples of the Western Provinces.


Cornerstone boasts some of the most well funded infrastructure in the Empire due to the ample amount of trade going through, the Centurion in charge takes a cut of all trades and transactions specifically for upkeep of the town. The roads are perfect examples of Imperial architecture, the flattest and most pleasant to walk on, there are public water fountains at regular intervals and the docking facilities for boats are excellent.

Guilds and Factions

  • The Guild of Bakers
  • The Bath House Association
  • Town Watch
  • Federated Jewelers Guild
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Jul 4, 2018 00:28 by SirElghinn

Very detailed and good use of CSS and art. Keep up the good work!

Jul 4, 2018 01:32

This is a very nice article. I do enjoy the overall details, the table with the imported items is a great thing that adds to a clear exposition of information and the general style of the writing is pleasant to read. Great work!

Jul 4, 2018 02:25

The picture set the tone of the city extremely well and love the trade chart as well. Great Job!

Jul 4, 2018 02:26 by Koray Birenheide

Listing guilds and import-export sheets are always prime ways of giving a lot of character and credit to your settlements, so I am way onboard with that, good job. I also like spa towns, an underestimated kind of economy in fantasy writing imo, tourism is an important 'cornerstone' (wink) of many societies and can make for entertaining articles. My own city of Aquaris is a huge tourism hub, reeling in the travelers with promises of great inns, sea food (especially delicious Aquaris eel), and the magnificent Spire of Rahn, since monuments can be a big crowd-pleaser.   Now, all in all I don't have a lot of suggestions to put forward, you are succinct and provide a nice window into Cornerstone. Formatting-wise, however, I would like to point out that none of your links to Imperial Provinces, Exercitum Imperatoria, River Insun, and Lindum seem to have excerpts, or you have used dirty linking instead of the @ mention system, because I am not seeing any tooltips. Tooltips are a powerful tool for your article as they make them more self-contained and thus more appealing to read. Furthermore, I would suggest filling out that sidebar, and here article blocks are your friend. Having already linked several interesting articles in the text, why not insert them below the sidebar as "Related Reading" or "Other Articles that may Interest You"? That way your article will have a more united front, presentation wise, feel more interactive, and increase its overall appeal. Every article block to a finished article with header and excerpt adds just that to your new article: another nice image and a sentence or two on other aspects of your world to pique your readers' curiosity.   Still, as I was saying before: great article, keep up the good work.

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