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Rioja

The City of Gods and Mortals

As the reign of the Gods ended, it fell to mortals to hold dominion over the Earth. The humanfolk of Vallas, the Exiled Elves of Lancia, the Iron Dwarves of Terra, and the various confederated races of Jinna each hold their capital in one of the wards of Rioja, and while the past few centuries have not been without their discord and conflict, this proximity and close alliance has held the Four Kingdoms in relative peace, guided by the union of the divine in whose holy city they now inhabit. However, there will always be those for whom peace is an obstacle, and the threads of fate that weave this great tapestry of existence sometimes bend us close to the edge.

Demographics

Vastly multicultural

Government

Each of the four national wards (representing Lancia, Jinna, Terra, and Vallas), have a Parlimintary District Council that govern the area of laws that are unique to each district. Each district can be like a city into itself. Their are city-wide laws managed by the House of Law, which is comprised of: the senior representative of each District Council, a churchman of the faiths of Feyr, Johara, and the The Lady In Black, and a representative appointed by each of the four monarchs. The House is presided over by the Elder of Rioja, a position elected by the citizens every two years. The Elder is largely ceremonial, but serves as tiebreaker and peacemaker.

Defences

A city this side is as hard to defend as it is to assail. An inner, functional wall surrounds the central Divine Ward. At one point in Rioja's past there was a wall surrounding the outer city, but due to it's size it is impossible to maintain. In some places, the wall still exists in mile-long stretches. In other places, the wall is completely absent, or its architecture has been incorporated into that of the surrounding infrastructure.

Industry

While a little of everything is made in Rioja, the city is the largest single producer of wools and textiles on the continent. There is a small guild of shipwrights constructing the majority of the riverboats used in trade up and down the Platinum River. The quality of these vessels is so high, they are sometimes transported overland for use in other major waterways.

Infrastructure

The river docks are abuzz day and night taking in and out raw and refined materials. There are master craftsmen of every trade, the constant light from forges and factories. An extensively complex sewer and water system provide basic plumbing and clean water to many homes and buildings.

Guilds and Factions

Each major (and many minor) industry has a guild that oversees its members; in order to sell goods beyond the city borders, you must be licensed by the representative guild. "Made in Rioja" is a stamp of great honor, which the guilds go to great lengths to protect.

Architecture

Riojan architecture is not represented by one particular style; the city is so old, it has experienced numerous cultural diasporas. Most common however is a style of renaissance archetecture involving colorful tiled shingles and multi-polygonal shapes, somewhat inspired by the formality and artistry that is present in the columns, stoa, and friezes of the High Elf style.

Geography

The city is built at the convergence of the Kingdoms of Light, Lancia, Jinna, Terra, and Vallas, in a valley on the banks of the Platinum River.

Natural Resources

Sheep and farmland.

The City of Gods and Mortals
Type
Capital
Population
1 million
Inhabitant Demonym
Riojan

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