Tai-tastigon, which has also been called Tai-tastigon the Great, is a free city in northern Rathillien on the eastern foothills of the Ebonbane mountains. It is half in Skyrr and half in Metalondar, and pays tribute to both for the privilege of being part of neither.
A walled city, Tai-tastigon is contained within two circular curtain walls with a dry moat in between. By design and culture, the city itself is a puzzling maze that only the most clever have mastered. One would make an easy task of finding any goods or supplies, endowable services, exciting entertainment, or simply getting themselves lost in the many folds of variety in its 100 districts.
It is the setting for the entire first book, God Stalk.
The city of Tai-tastigon was founded back when the Old Empire ruled the Eastern Lands. The Kencyr temple predates the city, and it's likely Tai-tastigon was built around the temple because the New Pantheon gods clustered around it as power source. Alternatively, it may have been built around the confluence of the Tynnet and the Tone.
The Tone serves the border between Metalondar and Skyrr, and during the Skyrr-Metalondrian War, both sides wanted possession of Tai-tastigon. They decided to make it a charter city in the end, however. Now, Tai-tastigon is relatively autonomous. It is ruled by a governing council, with 1 representative from Skyrr and 1 from Metalondar. Annually, the city must pay their city charter to Skyrr and Metalondar for their autonomy.
Size of the cityEdit
According to the map in God Stalk, Tai-tastigon is approximately four miles across, or 12.5 square miles in area. A city this size could have a population of several million, depending on density.
In order, from inner to outer, the City's defenses consist of the:
- Old Wall (ruined)
- Rim District (between the Old Wall and the inner Curtain Wall)
- Curtain Walls (Two, one inner and one outer)
- Moat (between the curtain walls, and dry)
- Outer Ward
Rivers and canalsEdit
- River Tone
- River Tynnet
- River Trevoil (does not enter the city proper)
- North Fosse (artificial canal)
- South Fosse (artificial canal)
The city walls have four gates, one in each cardinal direction.
Tai-tastigon is divided into 100 districts. Seven districts are named in the books, assuming the Lower Town is a district, and each is claimed the territory by one of the master thieves of the Thieves' Guild.
- Gold Ringing District
- Lower Town
- Red Wax District
- Rim District
- Silken Dark District
- Temple District
- Tynnet Branching District
Landmarks and buildingsEdit
Outside the cityEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 11: The Storm Breaks" — " 'during the last battle of the Skyrr-Metalondrian War when it looked as if the winner, whichever side it was, would celebrate by razing the city. […] The battle ended quite suddenly when the Archiem of Skyrr and the Metalondrian king decided it would be better to make Tai-tastigon a charter city and have it pay them both for the privilege than for one side to slaughter the other and then destroy the place.' "
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers" — " 'the city charter. Tai-tastigon is half in Metalondar and half in Skyrr because of the River Tone, you know (or do you?), and must pay for the privilege of belonging to neither.' "
- ↑ God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — " 'I'd value these at fifty-one, no, fifty-three altars,' he said at last, straightening up. 'That's five altars, three crowns Guild duty.' "
- ↑ God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 1: Out of the Haunted Lands" — "There it lay, Tai-tastigon the Great, just as the Scrollsman Anar, her old tutor, had once described it."
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers" — " 'Why would anyone have laid out the streets in such an insane jumble?' […] 'it's partly intentional and partly not. You see, we're rather prone to disasters here, natural and otherwise. Old buildings are always getting knocked down, washed away, or trampled flat, and new ones rise wherever there's room. But that's the least of it. Ever since Tai-tastigon was built back in the days of the Old Empire, folks in these parts have loved puzzles.' "
- ↑ God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 5: Winter Days" — "Do you know what the oldest building in Tai-tastigon is? That temple of yours. As far as I can tell, it was here before the city walls went up, before the Old Empire was established, before the Kencyrath itself even arrived."
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