The North Bank is closest to a small range of mostly dormant volcanoes. The walled portion of the city runs along the Saar for 40 miles, and varies from two to seven miles in width, for a total area of 160 square miles.
Due to numerous minor eruptions, areas of North Bank have been buried quite deeply by lava flows and ash. The northmost blocks of the city have some buildings where the first story is completely buried. Due to these lava flows and ash-falls, the outer walls have enough debris on either side that they do not provide the same defence as is normal. Gentle slopes lead up to the walls in numerous places, allowing access to the wall-tops without use of climbing equipment.
North Bank is controlled by a somewhat democratic council of 6 clans and considers itself a republic. They have a Speaker elected from the 6 clanmen who nominally has control. Go to Comment
The Sensaar is basically a large triangle, but is not a river delta. It is largely a granite slab that the river has carved. It is roughly oblong shaped with an area of 140 miles. The walled portion of the island encloses fully 80 square miles of the island.
Sensaar island is controlled by four of the original clans,
altough there is a 4-stage hierarchy within, resembling more a feudal system.
Places of Note The Great Mill
Located on the south-side of Sensaar Island is the Great Mill. This huge building has attached to it an immense waterwheen driven by the Saar. What the mill was originally used for is unknown as within the structure, the mechanism ends without any obvious application. There are signs that other machinery was once present (holes for mounting,etc) but the mill lacks dedicated storage rooms one would expect if the mill was used to grind wheat or other grain.
Recently, the wheel has been harnessed to drive all manner of contrivences - some wheels grind wheat, others trip-hammers for armor and weapon making and myrida other devices and applications. The entire works is overseen by a well-armed cadre of Engineers of the Wheel who insure that no-one interfers with the works, for it is the driver of much of the Sensaar's economy. Go to Comment
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
It is quite fine as a valuable resource of the past, enriching the world's background, and serving as the occassional power-up, the rarity making up for the potential. I would imagine such an important tool had a slightly more colorful name, or rather several names for the workers of magic.
Somewhat strange I find the connection of the two variants to good and evil. Is that because they are already firmly defined in your world as tangible forces/potentials, or a peculiarity of the magical system (with spells that are defines as "good" and "evil", respectively)? Go to Comment
I suppose this might be a bit unfair, but the first thing that came to mind when I read the title of this submission was the material of the same name from the US Final Fantasy 3. While it didnt have the dichotomy between good and evil, it was something required for spell casting. Not bad, but not exceptional either.
I would like to know where it comes from, and how it functions in a supply and demand situation. I'd also like to know where it is found, if there are places that are richer in ot, or places that are depleted. Go to Comment
It's not bad. Knowing you've never played FF makes me somewhat forgiving on this, but it sounds a lot like materia as introduced in FF7. I personally find nothing wrong with the name magicite, though (didn't play FF3). The good/evil stuff seems a little illogical (to me, substances are a media and have no innate good or bad, it is how they are used that determines their worth), but I'll wait for you to flesh that out before judging. Good write up.