Chronicles of Ascension
Ruler: Queen Armalu
Long colonnades. Marble statuary. Monuments to great deeds and important myths and legends. Painted domes. Soaring, arched bridges. Charmonde is a city of architectural beauty and art. The second largest city in Navarene, Charmonde is located on both sides of the Jerribost River, with six bridges connecting the north and south sides of the city.
Charmonde is not walled, but four fortresses surround it to deter invaders, for the city is the capital of the kingdom and home of Queen Armalu. Each fortress has one of four ancient sonic devices that can create a standing field between them. Anyone who tries to cross the barrier suffers great pain, convulsions, and even death. The Aeon Priests have determined that the unique devices are running low on power, however, and despite all efforts no one has figured our a way to recharge them. Thus, the four devices are used sparingly. In fact, they’ve never been activated in the memory of most of the city’s current residents.
Charmonde is home to 95,000 people. The queen’s palace, Empiternal House, stands atop the highest hill in the city. It’s also known as the House of a Thousand Slaves, for rumors say that is exactly the number of slaves the queen uses in the palace alone. Nearby is the Asaranti University, one of the greatest schools in all the Steadfast. Thanks to the university, the city is known for its scholars, philosophers, and artists as much as it is for its marble and slaves.