The South Bank is the largest part of Stoneholt, with only the Saar forming a hard border. It encloses nearly 200 square miles of land within it's walls. It is bordered on the south by the plains of Erethal.
The most highly populated region of Stoneholt, fully 10 clans populate this region. Of the three regions, this one is the most unstable, with open warfare between the clans. The ten are not tightly organized, but will cooperate to deal with external threats, either from the other regions, or without.
Locations of Note
Sages speculate that this large forest was once used as a park by the Giants. Odd stone monuments can be found throughout the forest, overgrown with vines and enscribed with runes. The monuments appear only to be geometric designs - no humanoid or animal figures have yet been found.
They also do not appear to be gravestones, for no escavations have found artifacts anywhere near them.
They are very large, even by Giant standards, and would have posed great difficulty in construction. Go to Comment
When the Giants abandoned the city, some creatures from their occupation remained. Some of these were pets while others were pests or gaurdians. In addition, once the city was abandoned, creatures from the surrounding countryside began to colonize the city before the Human Exodus arrived.
As a result, those portions of the city not currently occupied by people are quite wild with game, predators and the occasional monster.
Some of the more noteworth species are detailed below: Go to Comment
To the traveller, and resident alike, Stoneholt is about one thing. Size.
This, the greatest of cities on the World of Neyathis is a momument to the engineering ability of a long lost race of giants. Vast stone walls (60 - 80' in height) stand oppressively casting deep shadows even in the middle of the day.
Entering the city presents the traveller with the massive gatehouses, wide enough to march an army through, and high enought to admit a tallship. One can see the massive stones used to build the structure though the mind boggles at the thought of the effort required to move them. The entire city screams Not Built by Puny Humans.
Once past the massive gates, the traveller gains no respite from the overpowering presence. It is a vast city built for beings more then two stories tall! And even to those ancient giants the city would have seemed huge.
The area enveloped by the huge curtain walls is sufficent to contain entire kingdoms, and here it does.
All around, you see the massive buildings with additional floors fitted to provide human-scaled living and working quarters. Whereas human cities rarely contain structures greater then four stories, here four stories is the norm, and much larger buildings abound! Go to Comment
Each section of wall is 60' tall and varies from 30' thickness at base to 18' at the top.
Conversion to approiximate metric - 20 meters x (10 - 6m), or average 20 meters x 8 Meters.
Each meter of face will have 160 cubic meters of material - which if granite will yield 2691kg x 160, or 430 metric tons per running meter. This mass is spread over an area of 20 square meters, so 8 cubic meters of stone per square meter of ground. Maximum compression is 21 metric tons per square meter, or 2kg per square centemeter. Since Granite can support between 1000 - 2000 kg per square centimeter maximum compressive force, it is able to handle a much higher wall then we have listed here. Of course, this is static forces and if there is any signficant moment of intertia, this can increase the stress greatly and possibly lead to structural failure.
When one considers the seven wonders of the world, one must obviously place the city of stoneholt at the #1 position - both alone from the size of its walls, and the quality of the buildings within. The contents of this city alone would constitute in excess of 7 wonders of the world!
The three kingdoms should have specific, not descriptive names. They can be described as North/ Center and South Stoneholt, but the people do not refer to themselves thusly. Go to Comment
A typical iron ore mine, the Irongate was closed some years ago and the entrance was closed off with a heavy gate of oak and thick iron bands, the Irongate. The mine itself was abandoned because it was a breeding ground for dire rats and many of the miners suffered from giant rodent bites as well as diseases from said bites. The mines are haunted by the ghosts of the men who died in dire rat swarms, adding to the mine's unpleasant character.