It is said that within walls of Stoneholt, once could place all of humanity and there would be room to spare. As one sails down the Saar river to where the great city sits at its mouth, one easily can believe this when the city comes into view.
The city was clearly built by a race of beings who would consider humans mere vermin to be ignored or stomped into dust. The least of its buildings is the match of many of man’s most impressive structures. A single tower on it’s walls capable of holding a force sufficient to fortify a human castle.
As one moves further downstream, the cities walls come to the river’s edge, making the river feel almost like some underground channel, as the walls loom more then 100 feet in height. Periodically along the wall on either bank are massive towers that reach nearly 200’ in height. One gets the impression that each side of the river is fortified against the other.
Eventually the river forks and the island so formed is similarly fortified. At this point massive structures - impossibly tall, slender towers, huge cathedral-like buildings and other grand structures can be seen over the walls. All three parts of the city sport these wondrous structures.
At this point one would realize just how long down the river they had been travelling! From the first edge of the great city to this massive island the trip was a good ten miles, all walled. After reaching the island, the city carries on for another 30 miles before it reaches the sea.
But enough about the outside - now through one of the gates, wide enough to admit a score of troops shoulder to shoulder, one enters the interior of the city proper.
The uniform stone of the City’s exterior makes the myriad of color and textures within a shock, for withing the vast walls of Stoneholt, people from all cultures and races have created homes for themselves. A vast complex of pre-made structures, albeit too large without modification, sufficient to hold the entire world population of humanity was a magnet drawing disadvantaged and dispossessed peoples from the entire globe. Here one could claim their own castle so long as they could defend it. So there are many mini-nations and kingdoms within the great walls - the world in miniature, and each ‘nation’ shows its own colors and building styles, adapted to the great stonework of the city.
As you move though the great city, you notice the roofs of most buildings are green, overgrown with crops, and so are the many balconies which extend from the upper floors. Within the walls, enough arable land exists to feed itself.
Stoneholt - the city of Giants, the city of Castles, the city of new starts.