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Cities of Tacea
« on: Jul 14, 18, 04:30:40 PM »

The capital of Tacea is Ito, a city on the north end of the swift river Mogami. It is the governmental center of the Territory. With a population of 225,000, it is by far the largest city in Tacea. This is the natural result of being the Starred City and the home of all Clans, not just one of them.

Ito is home to a dozen museums and public gardens. The gallery and entertainment districts are always bustling. There are four artist's schools. It boasts a university, taking students from the age of sixteen and teaching them the specifics of their Caste, or providing training for those who wish to enter a Caste. The Black Widow Coven is based in Ito. Though Ito is not a center of trade, the interests and fads of the capital city are an incredibly powerful force in Tacea's economy. As the mainland becomes closer tied to Tacea, the populace of the city is only expected to grow.

While there is crime in Ito, as there would be in any city, it is well-kept to the back streets and most tourists don't fear for their wallets any more than they would in a smaller city like Inaba or Nara.

The base of Ariake power is Inaba, a city on the river delta that feeds into the Great Bay surrounding Black Immortal. The population of 90,000 people supports the City and Clan Queen Courts, as well as the greatest Healer's school (simply called the Inaba School) in Tacea. As the closest port city to Black Immortal, Inaba is often closely associated with the mountain in the arts, with many poems about traveling to the mountain referencing 'mist-shrouded Inaba'. Due to the respect offered to Black Immortal, Inaba went untouched during the War, so that supply to the mountain would go uninterrupted.

Inaba's access to Healers has always made it powerful, but it wasn't the type of power that translated to beautiful construction. It has an incredibly built-up Port District, but the rest of the city has a quiet, almost small-town vibe. Very few buildings rise above three stories. Even the Clan Court complex has its tallest building cap out at four stories, sprawling out horizontally rather than vertically as other buildings in Tacea do. Despite its quiet nature, Inaba has a distinct and rich food culture, fed by the warm weather that sets it apart from the other southern capitals. Its particular specialty is spirits: Inaba is home to twenty-four different breweries, and it is a common joke that there is little that the Healers in Inaba won't make into booze.

Some believe that Inaba will become the main port for imports from northern Terreille. However, that honor is more likely to be taken by the northern port city of Kanoya.

The base of Kagen power is Kamuzawa, a city in Minami-fu with a population of 185,000. Kagen dominance in politics and agriculture has allowed Kamuzawa to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Ito. Much of its historical construction was destroyed in the repeated pitched battles in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. The remaining buildings from before the War of the Dragons are fiercely protected. This includes the Wolf Castle, the hereditary home of the Kagen Clan, a seven-story pagoda-style palace. Still, the Kagen tend to look forward, and so much new construction in Kamuzawa experiments with new building materials and experimental influences. As young architects return from the mainland with stories of different building styles and materials, Kamuzawa is poised to become one of the most modern cities in Tacea.

Since the end of the war, Kamuzawa has again become a popular destination for artists and traveling nouveau riche. It is a hotspot in the budding counterculture of Tacea, boasting an active entertainment district and several modern museums of old artifacts. Particularly popular is the now-public gardens attached to the Wolf Castle, where the Queen of the Kagen begins her Gifting Ritual once per year. These gardens, called Kenroku-en, survived the Warring Dragons period intact. As such, the gardens lay claim to the oldest fountain in Tacea and the oldest pine tree in southern Tacea.

Kamuzawa is anticipated to be one of the main ports for product entering Tacea from southern Terreille.

The base of Izayoi power is Nara, a city in the Ou mountains. It is set at the Mogami river source. Its population of 110,000 supports the Court of the Izayoi and several prominent forge-schools, as well as many renowned martial arts schools. Because it is so close to Ito, Nara is often called the 'southern capital.' This closeness, and the generally cooler mountain climate, makes Nara a perfect home for the Territory Queen's summer residence. Virtually unassailable, it survived the Warring Dragons nearly intact. The population in much of Tacea skews young, but the popularity of Izayoi fighting styles in the aftermath of the War means that Nara skews even younger than the national average.

Nara is well-integrated into the forested mountainside on which it is built, with the Clan Court complex built literally atop the source of the Mogami River. It mixes this environmental preservation with the wide parade and practice fields required by the martial arts schools and the massive wood needs of the smithies. Nara is a popular hunting destination, and hot springs make it a tempting draw to anyone looking to relax.

The base of Shingetsu power is Fukuoka, a city at the northern mouth of the Ama. It is the base of ocean-going trade in Tacea, a role shared by Inaba (and, prior to 192, Chang'an) to the south. Much of its population of 95,000 is the relatives of sailors and shipwrights. Due to its long distance from any other capital, Fukuoka survived the war largely unscathed, save for a short skirmish by Ariake forces after they betrayed their truce with the Ariake in 135AP that resulted in the burning of their Clan palace complex.

Fukuoka is an incredibly good place to start a trade business. It boasts accountants, planning services, and other necessaries in numbers that other cities lack. As such, despite its overall distance from the Terreillean mainland, it is considered the best place to be if one intends to expand to the mainland. However, its friendliness to trade is not its only draw. Fukuoka is home to the Golden District, a shopping district that already boasts multiple high-end mainland shops. The Golden, as it is called colloquially, is built atop the bones of the old Clan palace complex. It is the most modern construction in Fukuoka, incorporating pools and hedge balconies into its spiraling design.