The Great Cities

Throughout the Draca Lands the kings and queens of old built great cities some of which have since fallen into ruin while others still remain.

Chuokyo

The capital city of the old kingdom of Shinjo. Chuokyo sits upon an island in the middle of Lake Aoimazu in the very centre of the Isle of Wivern. The island upon which it sits flat and the outer regions are scattered with orchards and large estates, then as you move further in towards the palace the buildings grow closer together creating long rows with many little alleyways crisscrossing through the city. The buildings of the capital are in the typical eastern style made of brick which is plastered white often with the wooden frame of the building left exposed. The roofs are tiled with black and they curve downwards with upturned eaves. Most houses are one storey but inns and restaurants can be several.

It is a city that pays homage to the waterside culture of the people of Shinjo and is the beating heart of the Isle.

Kiyakyo

The capital city of the old kingdom of Honjo. Kiyakyo is the only city in Honjo and it sits in fertile grasslands between Honjo's two major rivers. It is small in size compared to other capitals and few citizens reside within its walls. The buildings are in the typical eastern style white plaster walls with dark wooden frames, and slanted roofs are tiled red with upturned eaves upon which statues of wivern and tora sit. The buildings are assembled in large estates surrounded by decorative courtyards which are joined by covered walkways.

It is a beautiful city which was built purely to house the Genshu and his royal army.

Kyoko

The capital city of the old kingdom of Takaiyama. Kyoko sits along the shore of a large lake to the east of the kingdom, it is a large city with many grand public buildings and vast market places. Its buildings like many in Takaiyama are constructed from grey stone and feature rounded archways and windows. They are several storeys high and tiered with slanted roofs on each level and their upturned eaves are held up by wooden pillars creating walkways all along the outside of the buildings. Trellis work is also used along walkways creating walls of dark or red stained wood. The city is surrounded by a high defencive wall which is as ornate as the rest of the buildings.

Kyoko although having no universities of its own still prides itself as all of Takaiyama does in its high level of education and the vast number of libraries and museums.

Sakikyo

The capital city of the old kingdom of Ryuugi. Sakikyo is built upon a terrace in the far west of the kingdom, it is surrounded by rich rice terraces and seems to float above the land. The architecture of Sakikyo is that of houses built upon stilts as much of the land is prone to flooding. The buildings have wooden frames and white plaster walls which are often painted red; the roofs are either black tile or wooden shingles and are slanted with upturned eaves. Doors and windows are typically square with wooden shutters.

Sakikyo when in its prime was the jewel of Ryuugi and its palace was a vast network of buildings wherein many festivals were held for the enjoyment of its people.

Garthmoor

The capital city of the old kingdom of Ragnarr. Garthmoor is built into the hillside at the foot of a large mountain range and it's stone walls are high and heavily fortified with tier upon tier rising up to the peak of the mountain where sits the palace, a building of red stone with golden roofs. Like many of Ragnarr's cities the houses are carved from the earth with petal-shaped roofs of cream and gold. Windows and doors continue the petal motif and are heavily engraved with patterns. Garden's are also featured with lush covered public gardens throughout the city.

It is a city abounding with wealth displaying its opulence proudly.

Kingsborough

The capital city of the old kingdom of Kingsleigh. Kingsborough is built upon an island in the middle of a large lake. A brilliant white stone bridge stretches out across the waters the only entrance to the grand city high buildings of white stone fill the city with lush roof top gardens. Throughout the city the buildings have exquisite facades with gilded blue and green architraves and golden cornices. The streets are paved with yellow stone, many public plazas fill the city with beautiful gardens and water features. To enter the palace you pass through golden gates and then you will find yourself in a world of extravagance, long halls with impressive colonnades and jewelled statues.

It is a city of artisans and displays proudly the wealth of its craftsmen.

Ujaraqnarsa

The capital city of the old kingdom of Narsaqna. Ujaraqnarsa sits on a great plain between two rivers. It is surrounded by lush fields and orchards with small villages clustering at intervals along the road leading into the city. The city is guarded by many walls creating seven districts. The architecture is typical of Narsaqna with white plaster curved buildings with domed black slate roofs. In the inner city the houses are built in long curved rows following the line of the city walls. Many aqueducts lead into the city the water is then divided and run through channels creating an intricate water way throughout the city. The castle of Ujaraqnarsa is a fortified structure of stone with white turrets.
It is a city of fortifications and practicality its wealth shown in the most modest terms.

Imperial City

The capital city of the Empire. The Imperial City is located upon the ruins of the old city of Kingsborough. When Emperor Takeru invaded the middle kingdoms he laid siege to Kingsborough and levelled the city, thus upon its ruins the Imperial City emerged.

The Imperial City not only sits upon the great lake in the centre of the Chuofu but it surrounds the lake having four major areas one at each of the Imperial Railway Stations. The inner city is also in four sections as four bridges lead onto the island directly in line with the railway. Then in the centre a small round man made island was constructed on which sits the Imperial Palace.

The areas around the railway stations are filled with grand buildings of coloured stone and brick with large archways and pillars adorning their facades, the roofs either feature earthenware tiles or molded bronze and stained glass windows are found in many buildings. The entrance to the inner is flanked with an eastern style archway of stone with a slanted roof of red tile and then two huge wivern sit on either side creating another arch with their wings on the far side of the bridge. The inner cities architecture is more varied than the outer lying regions, for here it is a fusion of east meets west with tora, wivern and kitsune carved into facades reminiscent of old Kingsborough. Public buildings are vast sprawling affairs and residences are built in long multi-storied apartments, all running around the curve of the palace creating large sweeping patterns throughout the city.

The Imperial Palace which sits in the very centre of the city on a man made island is built in the eastern style with buildings upon raised platforms of wood with ebony pillars carved in the shape of wivern which held up the large sloping eaves which in turn created long covered walkways around the sides of the buildings and upon each corner of the black tiled roofs golden wivern sat. The palace was also laid out in a specific format with buildings grouped around two large courtyards. In the larger section towards the back of the complex stands a special building with a golden roof called the Kinakusha used by the Emperor for entertaining honoured guests. And finally the whole complex is surrounded by a roofed wall sheltering many of its gardens from the prying eyes of the tall buildings of the inner city.

The Imperial City is truly a sight to behold.