The City of Gods and Mortals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheep and farmland.
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