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Port Kyros

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Port Kyros sits northernmost tip upon the western Genesarian coast. With the protection of the small range of mountains to its back, this small, yet thriving city is responsible for a great portion of Genesaris's open-sea trade and fishing economy. Spearheaded by the Countess Raveena, the city saw its second renaissance, joining the efforts of Aelindra in reviving the Rising West. As the economy began its recovery and stabilized, the once small city and Port took on the ambitious project of becoming an impressive tourist and naval destination.

Port Kyros currently has a population of 741,894

Topography

Port Kyros and its area cover the territory of the northwestern part of the Rising West that is Genesaris including the village of Kainos. Its borders run from the coast of Raven's Landing in the North to the southwest of Umbridge Isle, with the Wicker Mountains as its eastern borders.

This spread-out, comparatively narrow piece of coastline becomes wider in its southeastern part that develops into the lush forests and hillsides, while the shadowy Wicker Mountains loom behind.

Cityscape

The sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Behold the city's white limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Tyrean. Be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that has stood for centuries.

Although the Rising West had seen a period of abandonment, the city has bounced back with vigor to enchant visitors again. Marvel at the interplay of light on the old stone buildings; trace the peaks and troughs of Kyros's past in museums replete with art and artifacts; Meander through the charming village of Kainos, infamous for its plantations and gardens; Exhaust yourself climbing up and down narrow lanes of the coastal city walls–then plunge into the azure sea.

Climate

Kyros has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate since only one summer month has less than an inch and a half of rainfall which prevents it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. It has hot, muggy, moderately dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. The mountain wind blows brisk gusts down the coast between fall and spring, and thundery conditions are common all the year round, even in summer when they interrupt the warm, sunny days. The air temperatures can slightly vary, depending on the area or region. Typically, the fall days are warm with a cool breeze. Winters are among the mildest of any Genesarian city, with temperatures that are chilly in the coldest months—however, snow in Kyros is very rare.


 
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Flora and Fauna

The coastline is beautiful, dotted with bays, beaches, steep cliffs and numerous forested areas. The flora of the region is characterized by diversity, but cypress, pine, and olive trees are most dominant. There are numerous vineyards and citrus fruit orchards, including lemons, oranges and tangerines.

There is an abundance of aromatic plants and flowers on the slopes of the hills around Kyros and inland, as well as exotic plants such as palms, agave and cacti. The Renaissance gardens and parks of the Nova Citadel and its city villas were cultivated and there were once many species of plants from all over the world, brought to the city by Kyros's sea captains. Part of this botanical plant wealth is preserved in the Kainos Virdian Arboretum that highlights the quaint village.

The beautiful landscape and is home to many animal species, while the Tyrean Sea hides an endless wealth of riches below. One bird species, the swift, precisely the black swift, is commonly found in the area during the summer and has become a symbol of Kyros.

The black swift is an excellent flier, with a body that is extremely well-adapted to life in the air. It spends the majority of its life in the air: it finds food, mates, collects material for its nest, and it is particularly interesting that it occasionally sleeps while flying. The black swift is a migratory bird that flies in quite late, usually in the first half of spring.

It is a bird faithful to its native area and it returns to the same place where it was hatched, a lifestyle that many coastal Genesarians favor about Kyros, even its ships faithfully return to its harbor home. They are unusually numerous in the historic town centre of Kyros, the Old City, where its vocalizations create a distinctive soundscape. The birds nest in rock crevices, holes in the walls, especially the city walls, or in the roofs of older buildings.

Culture

Because of its geographic position, Kyros represents a blend of different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of influences of the western culture and the east ever since the Renaissance Initiative. Raveena's regency of Kyros became a significant period of national cultural history, as Kyros saw unprecedented developments in all fields of art and culture.

Economy

With the Port reopened, the trade commerce supports a majority of the economy of the city second to its tourist appeal. With several new businesses flourishing after the city's renaissance, Kyros boasts a strong and stable economy. Several types of currency flow from every part of the world that Genesaris trades with, all of which can be converted to the Genesarian coin, though it also accepts the Imperial mint from the Arcane East as well.


 
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Landmarks and Monuments

Nova Citadel

The Summer home of Raveena, This superb 16th-century inspired palace is an exquisite combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles beginning with an exquisite Renaissance portico resting on six Corinthian columns. The 1st floor has the sweeping arches of late-Gothic windows and the 2nd-floor windows are in a Renaissance style, with an alcove containing an intricate statue commemorating the Rising Queen. Nova Citadel is one of the few buildings in the old city was not originally part of the old city itself. Just inside the entrance is the Memorial Room of the Defenders of Kyros, a heartbreaking collection of exquisite, intricate tapestries of those who perished in the acquisition House Kaashmii, as well as the Rebellion of Himmelfestung in Renovatio.

The first floors house the State Archives, a priceless collection of manuscripts dating back to the city's birth. Though the archives are not open to the public, copies of the most precious and significant pieces are exhibited in a permanent display on the ground floor. The second story is reserved for nobility, royalty, and foreign dignitaries.

The Terran Consulate

A marvel of Kyrosian design, Terran technology and Nymerian ingenuity, this Terran consulate is being hosted in Port Kyros of the Rising West on behalf of the underwater nation Nymeria. Serving as neutral ground between Terran and Nymerian diplomats and citizens, the consulate serves as a place of learning and encouraging international exchange of ideas. Elaborate waterways and pools are the highlight of the Consulate, allowing for Nymerians to travel safely within their natural habitat.

Valovi Wellness

"We invite you to experience exclusive exhilarating and rejuvenating treatments in the Port City of Kyros. Awaken your senses and achieve well-being of body and soul." Situated between the quaint village Kainos and the mountains, Valovi is home to the rejuvenating power of Wicker Mountain's hotsprings. Catering to mundane and the supernatural, this sprawling outdoor wellness facility is the gem of Genesarian coastal charm.

Take the trek from the infamous walls of the Port City, through the picturesque Kainos Village, and into Valovi ”where you're welcomed to relax and rediscover yourself. Many of the spa's healing salves, oils, beauty and medicinal products are made locally, taking advantage of the city's lush flora. Whether you need an adventure through the lush walkways and gardens that dot the landscape, a day at the spa, time to soak in the hot springs, or seek solace and reflection of your inner self, Valovi is yours to escape to.

Yabbashael, The Capital Cathedral

Often referred to as the city of glass, this grandiose place of worship is a crowning achievement of gothic architecture, and is notably the focal point of worship in the city. Built on a site occupied by earlier churches and, a millennium before that, a temple, the Capital Cathedral began according to the design of and was largely completed by the early Third era.

 

Yabbashael was badly damaged through the years of negligence; Raveena carried out extensive renovations and the Cathedral saw its completion in time for the Port reopening.

Yabbashael is known for its sublime balance, though when looking closely, all sorts of minor asymmetrical elements are introduced to avoid monotony, in accordance with standard Gothic practice. These include the slightly altered shapes of each of the three main portals. Inside, the central choir—with its carved wooden stalls and statues representing Sauriel—is noteworthy. The treasury in the southeastern transept contains artwork, liturgical objects and first-class relics. Mass for those who practice the Sitraic Faith are often found here.

Viridian Arboretum

These leafy gardens, southeast of Kyros, are the oldest of their kind and well worth a visit. It was during the Third Era that the Genesarian noblesse started to pay extra attention to their gardens. It's unknown when they planted the first seeds and started the trend, but descendants of the city's original populace maintained the garden throughout the centuries. The land was eventually taken over by the local academies, which turned it into a public arboretum.

The garden boasts a Renaissance layout, with a set of aesthetically chosen symmetry made with plants and bushes (lavender, rosemary, fuchsia, bougainvillea), while citrus orchards perfume the air. There's also a maze, a fine palm collection and a gorgeous pond overlooked by a picturesque statue of the Rising Queen while rich with white water lilies and dotted with bullfrogs. It's only partially landscaped, though quite a bit of it is wonderfully wild.

The Nautilus

Once one of the three primary vessels of the Orisian Naval Fleet. This ship was captured by the Great North and was eventually retired and sold to the Rising West where it was transformed into a traveling restaurant that traverses around the continent's coasts, stopping at Port Kyros to restock its supplies. Featuring coastal cuisine that reflects Kyros's philosophy on fine-dining, the crew and its small army of chefs are passionate about utilizing Genesaris's local produce, fish and exotic sealife while offering a breathtaking view of the Islands.

Rain or shine, tentacles or sharks, the Nautilus is prepared to offer those on board the experience of a lifetime.


 
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Government

The Council of Seven

Like all lands within the Rising West, the port city of Kyros is subject to the edicts of its capital city Aelindra. While the city rulers are allowed to police their domains with leniency--more in line with their own beliefs and views--they are all bound to the will of the council, seeing their will done and that no transgressions be made against their edict.

Local Government

The Venetian Order — A council that presides over the local government affairs of Port Kyros. These five councilmen headed by Raveena are retired military personnel that serve as officials during peacetime. Each member has a legal specialty, from law to the arts to agriculture and industry—each with valuable knowledge and skills to their respective seat. They are all trained to serve as officials of the city, and preside in the courts and justice system within the city.

Military

Port Kyros Navy The mission of the Port's Naval Fleet, commonly referred to as the Senarian Navy is to defend the integrity and order of the Rising West, to promote and protect its interest in the surrounding oceans, islands and coast-lands. It carries and organizes the naval defense of the entire Genesarian Coast. There are currently nine War Frigates and twenty Sloops, Galleons, and Brigs that dedicate their service to Port Kyros and Continent as a whole. The Senarian Navy fulfils its role by preparing itself and carrying out the following main tasks:

  1. Deterring the threat to Genesaris by maintaining high level of competence, training and technical quality of its ships
  2. Constant control of the Ocean and coast-land and monitoring of foreign warships' movement
  3. Strengthening of the safety conditions on the Oceans and preserving the integrity of the maritime borders
  4. Assisting allies during peacetime in the event of natural disasters

The Enforcers Exclusive to Raveena. Many of the original Enforcers from Sigil City followed her to Valucre when she was promoted as their General and later Commander. Enforcers are volunteering Civilians who wished to have basic military and policing training to keep the streets safe.

City Guard Total: 6,425

  • High Ranking Officers: 85
  • Jail Workers: 700
  • Capital Guards: 360
  • Special Assignments Officers: 43

Military: Houses 10% of The Rising West's Army, about 25,000 troops.

  • Territory Coverage: About 300mi Radius
  • Estimated Number of Forts (Contains a brigade): 4
  • Troops able to defend city within 1 day: 15,000
  • Time to gather entire army: 2-4 days

These numbers do not account for mercenaries, assassins, or Edgemasters who might work within the city. These numbers fluctuate on a daily basis and cannot be accurately counted due to government secrecy.

Education

The countess has sought to rebuild and enforce the educational institutes of the Port City. As such, she oversaw several naval, technical, religious and academic institutes built to showcase the Rising Queen's importance of a well-rounded education, as well as a nod to the importance of the arcane and the worship of the Emperor God.

Transportation

Cable Cars  With the invention of the steam turret and pump, the city's means of transportation increased, namely the use of steam to provide energy to facilitate transportation along the coast from the mountains. This technology is rare and new to Genesaris, and has met with some level of prejudice and resistance, though the city intends to overcome this obstacle to become a highlight of engineering ingenuity and technological advancement.

Sloops  The most common boat of the port, these ships are lightly outfitted for defense, and can easily maneuver around larger ships at Sea.

Roads and Walkways Kyros has constructed several local roads that cascade down from the mountains and stretch all the way towards the coastal shores. The Port's infamous sea walls are a popular place to navigate along the coast on foot.

Cabs Transportation in Kyros is chaotic and varied. The most common method is by foot, with pulled cabbies being a close second. Spellcycles and spellcabs are slowly being introduced into society, but remain sparse.

Private  Personal mounts such as Thestrals, Horses, Dire Beasts, and Wyverns are scattered among the population. Upperclass citizens that can afford larger, personal ships house them in private marinas, while others have access to their own personal airship.

Notable Residence

Queen Raveena Jhanavi Bartolome Senaria

A Terran-born Noble of Imperial ancestry, Raveena has been a long-time ally of the Carmine Empire and is the newest member of the Imperial Family as a Princess of the Empire, eldest daughter of Rafael Bartolome. A rising politician and respected ruler, she is known to rule with a passion tempered by patience and kindness. Firm and fair, she has been well received by the citizens of Port Kyros as their regent, earning respect among her appointed city officials. Resourceful and ambitious, she seeks to usher in prosperity for the Port City, and for Genesaris overall.

Princess Rahab Alrandwe di Firdana, Queen Regent of Port Kyros

The youngest of Nymeria Royalty and Ambassador of the Diarchy rule. Considered brave and self-confident as a political figure within the Nymerian government, Rahab has a cool exterior and is prone to responding harshly as necessary. Elected as Queen Regent to oversee the prosperity of the Kyrosian Consulate, Rahab now faces a new set of issues both on land and in sea.

History

Birth of a Consulate: The Kyrosian Consulate is built on behalf of Nymeria to better political relationships and cultural understanding between the land and sea nations.

Canon

Two Horny Men Meet a Wet Woman: Originally initiated by one A'rithor Lumous Ema'ze, this gathering of nations was produced in order to solidify a union between the Nymerian and Terran governments in order to establish consulates for both peoples.

 

Edited by Malintzin

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