Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #140
May 20th, 2023
Name: City of Stones
Location: Hills near Taop Bay within the Church-State of Earth and Water
Population (approx.): 3,900
Brief: Twin sister of the City of Pools (#135) and co-capital of the Church-State of Earth and Water, the City of Stones was built upon a rocky rise at the base of the eastern peninsula of the nation. Similarly decorative to its brethren, the city features all manner of menhirs and monoliths raised about the streets, gardens of rock, stone and sand, and mostly stone buildings of intricate coloring and design, all to celebration the variety and beauty of the Earth. The City of Stones celebrates Pai, God of Earth, as they manifest across the world in all their forms. The two capitals are connected by a wide stone two lane highway with a raised arch viaduct running down the center, brings rainfall from the City of Stones to the City of Pools.
Geography: The City of Stones is located on a rocky hillside east of the Afal Stream and its sister city, at the base of a peninsula being the southern border between the Arvach Ocean and Taop Bay. The stones of the hill have been raised or moved to create avenues and foundations for the buildings. A grand citadel of basalt rises in the center hosting the Cathedral of Pai, church residences and the City’s government. Concentric rings of low walls circle about the hillside, gaps for gates to structures and stairs and ramps leading upon and down from level to level. The outermost orbit features huge monoliths on each side of the four main city gates at the points of the compass. Those stones are enchanted and in times of danger animate into 20-meter-tall elementals to defend the city. Smaller menhir guard doorways to all buildings and locations of note.