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    Su Piggaro’s Cathedral & Radasanth’s Other Landmarks

    Knowing Radasanth

    Who doesn’t know Radasanth? It endures as a storied city, as famous for the flow of the Niema River as it is for its flow of heroes and villains. In fact, the city was named in honour of a hero: Radasanth the Starlight to elves, Radasanth the Braveheart to dwarves and Radasanth the Savior to humans.

    As the centre of Coronian commerce, the masters of Radasanth gripped it like a precious jewel. As such, walls and ramparts were erected to, ostensibly, protect the kindly citizens within. In truth, though, the asset to be protected was the wealth of the throne-sitters. Whether they be “elected” or born.

    And what are some of the city’s assets?

    Assembly Hall

    Well, speaking of its masters—their Assembly Hall stands first among the city’s grand structures! And, as institute’s went, it followed all the rules. When the architect put pen to blue paper, he was learned enough to harness the power of oppressive design. With bricks, blocks, columns, arches and angles, the master builders of Corone erected a foreboding seat of power; through sharp shadow lines and heady heights, the threat of a rich man’s law radiated outwards and across every alley, street, nook, and cranny of the city. The citizenry felt anxious whenever they walked by the damn thing, even if they didn’t know why.

    The greasiest handshakes were shook in there. The kind of clandestine deals that turn fat cats obese at great cost to the food on your table and the roof over your head. Thing is though, do they feel bad? No, of course not. They burden you with guilt, because every not in the know citizen feels guilty of something.

    Ignorance of the (elaborate and bloated) law is not an excuse!
    Pft!

    What a crock of shit.

    The Citadel

    Let’s not beat around the bush, Radasanth’s Citadel is a pretty big deal. If the city itself is famous for heroes and villains, then the Citadel is famous for being where those heroes and villains fought, died, and were brought back to life.

    That’s right.

    Brought back to life!

    But, forget that for a minute.

    Like the Assembly Hall, the Citadel was built to convey a feeling: glory. Where the Assembly Hall wants you to cower under its weight, the Citadel wants to lift you up and soak you in the immortal triumphs of its champions. So, the spires are built to puncture the heavens, and the arches are built for giants to walk under, and the columns look like they could withstand the weight of the world. Champions—bronze, handsome, and magnificent—are idolised in famous statues.

    The Citadel towers up and over Radasanth, positioned at the centre of the city for ease of access. Radasanthian citizens walk from all over the city, down the streets and along the alleys, into to the theatre of bloodshed. There, they watch the world’s elite throw down in the most amazing ways.

    So, yes, the fighters are amazing. But the real power is in the hands of the Citadel’s humble monks. The Ai’bron, an order of (effectively) all powerful holy magic users, are responsible for the structure itself, the conjuring of any dreamscape imaginable and the healing of any damage done to a combatant.

    Wow.

    Walls & Ramparts

    Tall and stone-built, the old city walls were a stout and daunting defence the city had depended on for generations. It was true, the moss crept and the footing sank here and there—but, nevertheless, they were the best damn walls in all the known world.

    People said those walls would last forever. Although, if you’ve met people, you’ll know they can be an unimaginative bunch, can’t they? Well, they didn’t imagine what Storm Veritas and his buddy Shinsou Vaan Osiris could pull off. The Siege of Radasanth and its associated celestial assault sure did a number on the whole city. But, the ramparts especially took a real beating.

    Since the siege, though, work on rebuilding them has been resolute, but troubled.

    The Gilded Lily

    Perception’s a hell of a weapon to them puppet string pullers. The people in the Assembly Hall know that better than anyone, their not so subtle psychological jiggery pokery is some impressive politicking alright. They’re filthy, but not everybody seems to know that.

    If you were to grab the average Radasanthian ignoramus by the arm and ask them, “Hey, what’s the filthiest thing about this city?”

    Well, their first answer would probably be the rats. A close second would be the brothels. And you can’t talk about brothels without tipping your headgear to the goat-legged queen of them all, Philomel van der Aart. She presides over jiggery pokery too, but hers a lot more honest. Plus, Phi and her associates are cleaner and better smelling than the sweaty fuckers writing laws in the Assembly.

    So, her crown jewel, the Gilded Lily, takes its rightful spot among the most important places in Radasanth.

    If you’re bold and have the gold, you can walk her corridors and visit her rooms. But, buyer beware, unlike the Assembly, Philomel does her own fighting and so does anybody on her team.
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    About: Su Piggaro’s Cathedral

    How do you build a city? One block at a time, one brick at a time, one life at a time, one death at a time, one day at a time, one spring, one summer, one autumn, one winter. Year after year. You build a city with a million fibres woven with thoughts of electricity.

    Thoughts build things.

    Now how about that?

    Without thought, nothing happens.

    The blessing (curse) of consciousness spawns a powerful thought: meaning. What is the meaning of existence? From there, thinkers (powerful and weak) conjure/discover/whatever their gods. Althanas has lots of gods, like most realms of living thought do.

    And so, the most famous city in the known world must surely have an equally famous monument and place of worship for those gods? Su Piggaro’s Cathedral.

    Where is Su Piggaro’s Cathedral?

    The cathedral grows up out of a hillock at the southern tip of the city. If anybody was to bother investigating, they’d find that the structure’s position held some sort of celestial significance—i.e the stars in the night sky influenced the building on the ground. But, it wasn’t all esoteric, anybody could appreciate the sun rising through the front stained glass and setting through the rear stained glass. It was a neat trick, a real light show!

    The builders knew: sun + colourful glass = magical feelings of devotion in the congregation.

    What Does Su Piggaro’s Cathedral Look Like?

    Su Piggaro’s jagged spires faded in the dreary Radasanthian fog; the grey slate roof riles were a fitting companion for the city’s everyday drizzle. Designed with arches, eaves, and overhangs, the religious megalith haunted congregations; that grim aesthetic occupied worshipers with the uneasy call of the grave. Gargoyles, each more ugly than the last, leered at the outside world’s invisible demons.

    Companion to the gargoyles, were the cathedral’s resident crows. Imaginative types believed the crows protected the holy grounds. As long as the black-feathered squawkers held loyal with their noisy vigil, then the ancient building would be protected and would never fall.

    Inside the oak doors and stained glass windows, the building was no less grandiose. The footfall clicks echoed through the cavernous interior and across the solemn pews and central pulpit.

    What Religion is Su Piggaro’s Cathedral Dedicated To?

    Bigotry’s a terrible thing—nobody wants to be treated like garbage because of their race or their religion, do they? Well, Radasanth isn’t “too bad”. Although, really, it’s like any other city in that you’ll encounter xenophobia in the public houses, or you might be confronted with a racist or two cheering venom at the Citadel, but in general, religious freedom is fairly well respected at least.

    It wasn’t always that way. To be specific, when Su Piggaro’s Cathedral was first constructed, it was for the exclusive use of the Thayne. Followers of that creed are, of course, still numerous and welcome at the cathedral. In fact, renowned Paladin, Lorenor Valkoren, can often be found at the cathedral studying the religion’s ancient codex.

    In modern times, though, the cathedral has become a universal home for spiritual devotion. Enemies or not, the sanctuary of the cathedral is respected by all. Worshipers of the Salvaran Ethereal Sway pray along side the Raiaeran Evlish Pantheon.

    One of the most famous locations within the Su Piggaro Cathedral grounds is the Court of Many Shrines. Positioned around the circular court are shrines to gods from religions major and minor.

    Monks of Su Piggaro’s Cathedral

    The cathedral is considered a sanctuary. Its status as a sanctuary is not protected by any spell bound into the building itself. Nevertheless, an acceptance that blood should not be spilt on Piggaro’s sacred ground is well respected in Radasanthian society.

    Respect is powerful, but not as powerful as the Piggarite Monks who protect the cathedral. Piggarites are former Ai’bron monks who converted due to their objections regarding the wanton violence of the Citadel.

    Rejecting the Ai’bron order is not common and comes with certain consequences. In the Citadel, the Ai’bron are practically all powerful. When leaving the Ai’bron to become a Piggarite, a monk’s power is significantly diminished. Despite being weaker, though, Piggarites remain strong enough to protect the Piggaro cathedral.

    The Catacombs, Sewers and Secrets of Su Piggaro’s Cathedral

    As haunting as the cathedral’s architecture might be, it falls behind the morbid truth of what lies beneath.

    Under the Cathedral of Su Piggaro is a seemingly endless network of tunnels which are lined with the bones of thousands upon thousands of Radasanth’s citizens. Those are Piggaro’s catacombs.

    While, the cathedral is paired with a cemetery, only a select few are honoured with a burial there. The rest of Radasanth’s poor bastards end up in the tunnels, unmarked.

    Intertwined with the catacombs are the cathedral’s broad sewers. Their over-sized breadth came as a design choice: the channels of shit and piss can also be used to secretly navigate the city. The sewers connect to just about anywhere in Radasanth.

    That isn’t the only secret the cathedral holds, though. In addition to the underground tunnels, there are many hidden doors leading to secret rooms. These spots have been used for hiding in times of violent strife.

    Who Was Su Piggaro?

    Who was Su Piggaro?—gosh, it’s a great question. And the historians at the university talk about it incessantly. The dour opinion of the peer reviewed learned is that Su Piggaro probably never existed. Or, maybe there was a guy (they say) that maybe, kinda, mighta been who the legend of Su Piggaro was built upon.

    But, if you pick out a born and raised Radasanthian and ask them who Su Piggaro was, then you’ll find out for sure. According to most, Piggaro was one of the founders of the earliest settlements near where Radasanth is today. So, that puts Piggaro older (much older) than the hero Radasanth—that’s right, the fella the city itself is named after.

    Piggaro was born in the mountains, near the source of the Niema River. After receiving a vision instructing him, the young Piggaro followed the river all the way to its estuary. It was there that he was (supposedly) told to found a village.

    In modern times, Su Piggaro is considered as a sort of spiritual patron for the city. Proud citizens wear his symbol around their necks.
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    Hi, Gum. I will delete these posts afterwards

    Is this an information log? If so, we can convert this into a Wiki page.

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    Matriarch of the Gilded Lily and of its brothels, associated establishments and the army.

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    that wasn't my original intention. i was just typing junk for fun and xp. you know how we do. but if you want to put in the wiki that's cool too. it's up to you, i'm always happy either way.
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    This is the sort of post that would usually go into the wiki. I'll pop it in, and sort the judgement out. As a note we usually do longer threads than two posts as submissions for exp, but I'll sort out some rewards for you.
    Matriarch of the Gilded Lily and of its brothels, associated establishments and the army.

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    Matriarch of the Gilded Lily and of its brothels, associated establishments and the army.

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