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Every city (or town or village) expresses its personality (or the cultural personality of its people) and its identity through its buildings, roads, and other pieces of engineering. They are permanent expressions of the local culture.

Every city (or town or village) expresses its personality (or the cultural personality of its people) and its identity through its buildings, roads, and other pieces of engineering.

You can tell a lot about the city by looking around and seeing what is there. A GM can use these bits of description to help set the mood of the place you are adventuring in.  This thread lists the various ways the city/ towns looks and perhaps why it looks that way.

All pieces for this scroll need to be labeled "City Images"

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The City’s descriptions should be about the buildings, walls, roads, and how the city looks. Interwoven with that should be hints about the culture and society here. These are not your normal write ups telling us everything. In these posts, you have to show, not tell.

Note: If the given city does not have buildings, roads, and other pieces of engineering, like an Elven Tree City or a Mycorn underground city, they have things similar to them that serve similar functions.  Post those here as well.



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City Image - Ageos By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

The entire city has a soft glow: the reflected back light from the massive light egg stone up the estuary.

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City Image - Amar By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Desert

Often called a jewel in the Imperial crown, Amar is one of the most beautiful cities in the Imperium.

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City Image - Anorrus By: CaptainPenguin ( Locations ) City - Any

Anorrus, capitol of Marcosia, lies along both sides of the mighty and wide Rhenus River.

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City Image - Antioch By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Plains

Antioch is the most important city on ThirdLand. It is not the “capital”, that is Amar. It is not the “heart”, that is Avon. Antioch is it’s “Center”. It is where things “happen”. Antioch and its’ City State seems to be the “center of the modern universe”.

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City Image - Assalus By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Forest/ Jungle

The city of Assalus is surrounded by a sea of deep green life. It surrounded by jungle. It requires magic and/ or constant attention to keep the roads clear to and from the city.

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City Image - Avon By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Tundra/ Arctic

Avon is the southmost city state in Thirdland, built in a natural protected harbor. The climate there is colder and wetter than most parts of Thirdland, so the buildings are sturdier and more utilitarian than in Amar or Antioch even.

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City Image - Barrowtown By: Cheka Man ( Locations ) City - Any

Barrowtown grew up in the area that was a Royal Necropolis.It was noticed that the wights would slay any criminals in their area, not just those that disturbed their barrows, and so traders and merchants came there and slowly the city improved.

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City Image - Bayaallatalstonescha By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Forest/ Jungle

Bayaallatalstonescha is a beautiful city. That by itself is not saying much, as all Elventi cities are beautiful. Bayaallatalstonescha is called beautiful by Elventi, one of the few places they actually apply that term to. It is on level peak on a tall mountain not too far from the ocean shore.  In fact, on a clear day, one can see the ocean from appropriate places in the city.

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City Image - BlueFord By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

This Kerrenese town is of classic design.  It’s strong walls surrond the Cluster on three side, a large rocky cliff side closes the square.  The Warren is above the city, with a tourney ground on the plateu above it.

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City Image - BroadMound By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Swamp

The underlying terrain of the city defines it. It is a large, broad mound. This cluster is as strange to the Kerrenese as Venice or a sunken city is to most Westerners.

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City Image - Bronzalia By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Plains

Bonzalia is a city on a site that has been inhabited for many, many centuries. Since earliest times, it has been known for its metal work (copper and bronze specifically) and this shows in its architecture. Its love of tradition also shows.

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City Image - Calanderas By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Plains

Calanderas is a beautiful city of hills, a tight cluster of hills.  It has a long and complicated history, all which can be seen in the city streets. Yet it is not for the buildings that it is beautiful.

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City Image - Cambria By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Any

Cambria, for the most part, looks like every other urban area. However, here the concept of Great Buildings has not only taken hold, but it has florished.

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City Image - Canvas City By: Cheka Man ( Locations ) City - Plains

During most of the year the nomads of the Bushlands wander in small groups, seeking pasture for their animals and food for themselves, over a vast area. But during the coldest three months of the year they come together for warmth and to trade with each other and pool supplies if things get really cold.

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City Image - Carnous By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Other

Carnous is the famous Boardwalk city, built upon the toxic lands of The Wastes. Here the land is slowly corrosive to the touch, causing illness with prolonged contact. Carnous is a wooden city that is never stationary and always growing.

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City Image - Celedor by the River By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

Celedor by the River is built around the junction of the small but mighty Blue Arrow River and Rodean River. The City’s namesake is the well known Celedor of the Hill, a fortified city of great antiquity.  In the annuals of history, Celedor of the Hill with its mighty fortifications and military history is well noted and frequently mentioned, but in the world today, its nearby sibling city Celedor by the River is more important.

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City Image - Chedru By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

The city of Chedru is one of the strangest Elventi cities in existence.  It echos the traditional giant HomeTrees and catwalks between them of "normal" Elventi city.  Yet there is no forest here.  The Elventi were deposited here, far from the green trees and mountains of their traditional homelands.  They have made their Way here.

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City Image - Chelokhan By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

Most people assume The Marches are a broad flat plain, maybe with a few low hills. In the Northern parts, there are a few mountain spurs that creep into the plains. Chelokhan is nestled between two close mountains.

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City Image - Cheza 'city' Betaze '17' By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Underground

Cheza Betaze is the 17th Nekron urban area found in the Northern Cascades. The reasons why it is the best known of all Nekron cavern cities is that is has an easily accessible surface entrance/ exit which is just off the main Cascade trade trails. Being of recent construction in a time of prosperity, it is a city the Nekron feel proud off.

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City Image - Chiaroscuro By: Scrasamax ( Locations ) City - Swamp

The City of Shadows itself…

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City Image - De Maddenville By: Cheka Man ( Locations ) City - Water

De Maddenville sprawls across a sixth of the island of Banhoesea, and was built when the De Madden Company was young, around a bay that provided a handy deepwater port for traders.

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City Image - Gaslight By: Kinslayer ( Locations ) City - Mountains

The city of pipes and light is in the Byzant Empire

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City Image - Geon'kic By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Plains

This is as close to a “city” as the nomadic peoples get. It is more like a large and fairly permanent camp where various tribes meet within the “neutral zone” of Geon’kic.

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City Image - Kaldarien By: Ancient Gamer ( Locations ) City - Water

The city of Kaldarien is a bustling port on the Isle of Wildenmeer, often called the isle of the twin duchies, and is the capital of the southernmost duchy.

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City Image - Keepr By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Plains

Keepr is a unique city, built upon a tall standing rock spire.  This keeps it up above the floods, the worms, and the other “issues” that occur at ground level.

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City Image - Malarith By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

Malarith is one of the Wonders of the Manmade world, for its made by Human Hands a long time ago.

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City Image - Medhar, the City that hides. By: manfred ( Locations ) City - Any

Settled two hundred years before, the people were fleeing war and tyranny. Establishing a comfortable existence in the fertile, but empty valleys, they soon learned who the lands belong to. A mighty dragon called only Death, came and burned the city to the ground, and later again, and again, sending with fire also his (hers?) evil laughter and shouts of pleasure at the destruction. The survivors did not wish to leave, and decided for a new strategy.

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City Image - Norhold By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

A Dwarven Holding contains a single clan lodge, holding 50 to 300 people of the same clan.  Norhold qualifies as a Dwarven city, as it contains five clan lodges, and clan holdings (smaller places to stay) for the the nine other clans in the region.

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City Image - Payan - City of the Priest Kings By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Forest/ Jungle

Payan is an ancient city that covers a huge area (40 some square miles), with over 4000 Temple and Religious buildings.

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City Image - Petordan - The Flag City By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Any

Every city and village in this region has a flag tradition. The tradition started here.

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City Image - Pier Point By: Cheka Man ( Locations ) City - Any

Whilst it is part of Vandersil, because it brings in a lot of money in trade, Queen Yocasta is kind to her subjects and people can normally grumble without being executed for it.

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City Image - PinesdeepForrest BlueValley DeepbutnotWide By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

This is a city on the border of the two Eleventi States, that of the Northern Ice Elves and the Southern Forest Elves. Though on the Southern side of the border, it borrows heavily from the Northern styles.

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City Image - PlaceBetweenSunsetandFalls or Anshenestardaywadaden By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

Nestled between a plateu and a river that soon leads to the sea, is the Elventi city of Anshenestardaywadaden or more literally Place Between Sunset and Falls. This city has no purpose other than being beautiful. Anshenestardaywadaden is a riot of color, between Elventi magics and the near tropical climate, there are hundreds of beautiful flowers here.  It is best known as a place of waiting for another perfect sunset.

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City Image - Punampu By: CaptainPenguin ( Locations ) City - Swamp

Punampu, who’s inhabitants call it the Anciently Dignified and Resplendently Aged City of the Punampu, was originally a very large and splendid city, the capitol of a forgotten kingdom, which, in age, has declined to a somewhat less grand state.

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City Image - Sand City By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

It is strange to have a city between two towns, especially when the two towns were there first and are “famous”, but such is the way of Sand City.

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City Image - Silver Gate By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

Silver Gate is built behind a natural harbor upon six and a half steep hills. It leads to the hills and their silver mines.

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City Image - Sodius By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

Sodius is The White City, known for its White Gold - Salt.

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City Image - Stone Holt By: valadaar ( Locations ) City - Plains

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The greatest city on Neyathis - not built by the hand of man, but by long-gone giants.  It is a city of superlatives and place of new beginnings.

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City Image - TearDrop City By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

To call TearDrop City a city is to be generous. It is one of the largest collections of SkyFolk on the north part of the east coast of ThirdLand. It gains its name from the TearDrop shaped rock on the natural set of the stone pillars not far off shore.

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City Image - The Imperial city of Malcaresh By: Ancient Gamer ( Locations ) City - Plains

At the heart of the Dhargenaas continent lays Malcaresh the northernmost city of the Southern Empire of the Careshi. It started with trade, but become tactically important. It has become a place of two styles since then.

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City Image - Thierry By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Forest/ Jungle

The City of Thierry is colored by two key beliefs of the city people. The first belief is that the color red is the color of strength, prowess, and courage.  The second belief is that the Darbeast is a creature of great spiritual power.

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City Image - Three Pines By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Mountains

Three Pines is a good sized Dwarventi Hold built into the large granite side of the mountain - its heart stone as the Dwarves say. It is not far off the Far Eastern end of the Great Road, along the Kin Side Mountains.  At any given time there are about 1100 souls here, so it is not a City by Human Standards, but it is by Dwarven Standards.

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City Image - Triastu By: caesar193 ( Locations ) City - Forest/ Jungle

Triastu. The City of the Three. The Hallowed City. Triastu is the holy city of Trianarianism, and is the home of the Trirex. Many have paid homage to it, and many have gone on pilgrimages to it, and have marveled in its beauty.

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City Image - Twin Pole By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Any

Twin Pole, like most Kerrenese cities, are defined by their terrain. Twin Poles is in a deep and broad river valley, with broad color banded walls, built upon one long raised promotory from which two tall "spires" rise. The water is broad, but not too deep around the "island", keeping bothersome the aquatic megafauna to a minimum. (Though the local Dinosaur Watercows are quite dangerous).

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City Image - UnderSkyWater By: MoonHunter ( Locations ) City - Water

An exotic and oddly beautiful city unlike any other.

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City Image - Walkabout Creek By: Cheka Man ( Locations ) City - Water

The City of Walkabout Creek is based within the only pass in the Mountians of Quartz. All around it is a sixty foot wall of solid but perfectly clear quartz.

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City Image- Sarkushen By: CaptainPenguin ( Locations ) City - Mountains

Of old, this city was the home of a coven of the Sarkukai, foul devotees of Sarku, Lord of Worms, the God of Rising From The Grave. Though they were driven out, the city remains tainted by the memory of that ghastly cult.

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Voted KendraHeart
December 4, 2005, 23:45
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Better organized, but it not like the others. It tells rather than shows. However, it does it really well.
KendraHeart
December 4, 2005, 23:47
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Darn You. Now you are going to do another 50 posts that I am going to have to read. Should I just read them in the forum or wait? (Hmmm the old "Hard Back vs Paperback" or "read it now or wait for the movie", kind of question).
Voted Ancient Gamer
December 5, 2005, 4:28
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This was my favourite Idea Scroll thread. It still is.
MoonHunter
August 27, 2007, 12:34
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This is a writing challange. Anyone currently up to it?
MoonHunter
April 7, 2008, 1:13
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I wrote this in the thread when I was having issues coming out with a post.... It was not working out. I have actually deleted the partial posting twice.

We now join the post in progress.

So why don't any of you post one. This is not a "history of the city"/ everything you need to know kind of post. This thread is for descriptions of the city's buildings and key features. You would be suprised on how much about a city you can learn by just hearing the buildings and key features described.

Most of you have thought up one city for your world. So Do it.

So close your eyes take a deep breath

Visualize the front gate...

Visualize what it looks like when you go through....

What is next? ... describe the city's appearance... sounds... smells... textures..

What do the people look like and what are they doing?

Move through the city and keep describing what you see.

After you have been a tourist in your own city... This what you should be telling your players as they walk through the city.

Once you are finished... come back here and write your own City Image or discuss all the neighborhoods in your own city in the Neighborhoods thread.

It is so darn easy.

If you need help with the vocabulary... how to describe what you see... do some google searches for architectural terms or historical architecture or some combinations of the above. Or you can find a writen description of a real city like your city (or one done by an author of a fictional city) and use that as the basis for your post.
gulkien
May 10, 2011, 6:33
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good

Voted Dozus
May 10, 2011, 7:45
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I've been meaning to do one of these for a long time. It's really a great template: simple, straight-forward, effective. Our city submissions are better off for having this model.

Voted Dossta
March 15, 2013, 12:49
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I absolutely love these short subs. Definitely planning on adding to this eventually.
Voted valadaar
April 5, 2013, 20:58
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This is an excellent codex.
Voted Strolen
July 19, 2013, 11:42
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An excellent, simple idea that spawned an era. I will soon join it.


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