The World Of Khoras - Civilization - Cities

Qazadeen

Ruler Jhad Maquiren ibn Hassal
Population 15,500
Demographics Human (Padashani) 86%, Human (Anquaran) 6%, Mandalar 4%, Human (Southerner) 2%, Other 2%
Adjectival/Demonym Qazadian/Qazadians
Languages Padashi 88%, Quaryn 4%, Mandalar 2%, Southern 5%, Other 2%
Nationality The Great Padashan Empire
National Colors Tan and black
Year Founded 790 CY
Currency Padashi
Natural Resources Iron ore, copper, sandstone, gold, precious stones, marble, camels, nupar oxen, hamalka
Manufactured Goods Metal goods, weapons, armor, pottery, woven rugs, tapestries, es, tea, coffee, herbs, dates, almonds, figs, olives, garlic, potatoes, palm trees, upine trees
Wealth Wealthy
Government Type Imperial Autocracy
Government Stability Very Stable
Allies None
Enemies None (see below)
Walled Yes. Inner and outer stone curtain wall.
Crime Level Moderate
Technology Level Middle Ages
Primary Religion Hramish (Official State Religion)
Other Religion None
Climate Temperate to subtropical
Terrain Arid rocky hills and highlands
Province Imperial Province of Karoush

Description

The city of Qazadeen is the capital of the Karoush province in the southeastern part of the Padashan Empire. It is situated at the edge of the mineral rich Fekwar Hills. It is built directly on top of the headwaters of the East Nupar River which springs forth from a karst spring.

Several mining towns operate more than sixty mines in the surrounding hills. Extensive cave systems have been found in the hills and many have been exploited by mining operations.

Much of the raw material is brought to Qazadeen for smelting and processing. Because of the abundance of raw ore, Qazadeen has a long history as a major smithing center. Numerous metal working shops and black smiths operate in the city producing a large amount of weapons, armor and other metal goods. Qazadeen is one of the chief suppliers of arms and armor for the Padashan Empire.

Qazadeen sits at the very end of the Great East Coast Road, a major trade road that runs from the southern city of Qazadeen to the capital city of Aramanda. Caravans take armor, weapons and other crafted goods north to the Empire and other caravans arrive from the north carrying foods, textiles, spices and various luxuries.

Culture

Karoush was once a proud kingdom, but was conquered by the Padashan Empire some two centuries ago. This has left bitter feelings for generations and strained political tensions between the Karoush province and the empire.

The citizens of Qazadeen have a reputation for being strong willed, quick to anger and good with a blade. As many of the citizens in the region are miners, smiths and soldiers, this reputation is not entirely undeserved.

City Infrastructure

City Walls

Qazadeen has two city walls that divide the city into an inner, mid and outer city. Each wall is twenty meters high with thirty meter towers every quarter kilometer or so.

The Plazas

There are several large stone tiled plazas in Qazadeen that serve as market squares. Each is dedicated to a specific market: metal goods, slaves, food, livestock and so forth. During Market Day, which is held once each month, the plazas are crowded with buyers and sellers from the nearby towns and villages.

Street Lights

Qazadeen has huge flaming smoking torches (iron baskets filled with fuel) that hang from a chain supported from iron arms that just out from the corners of many buildings. They burn all night and are refilled and lit each evening. They are maintained by the city corps. However, most smaller side streets and alleys have no such illumination and those areas are extremely dark at night.

Sewers

Like other Padashani cities, the city of Qazadeen has a pair of complex sewer systems, one on either side of the river. These twin sewer systems are filled with water taken from the river, but they are completely isolated from the river. Because of this physical separation, it is impossible for sewage to contaminate the river. The sewer systems carry wastes through a series of tunnels away from the city and out into drylands. This keeps the city reasonably sanitary. Various important buildings in the city have direct connections to the sewer system. Street side gutters serve most other sections of the city which connect to the main sewer. Where the sewers under the city walls, they are blocked by a series of massive iron grates to prevent an enemy from utilizing the sewer system as a means of bypassing the city walls.

City of Qazadeen - Map Key

 

No. Name Description
1

Temple to Hram

The temple of Hram in this city is situated upon a very religiously significant site... the source of the great Nupar River.
2

Royal Palace of the Jhad

The royal palace of Qazadeen is the residence of the provincial governor, Jhad Maquiren ibn Hassal. The governor's family, servants, guards and many advisors all call the palace home. In total, some 170 people live here.
3

The Ward Keep

The Ward Keep is the main military garrison and houses the city militia which patrols the city streets, mans the city walls, patrols the roads of the province and renders aid to the towns of the region as needed.
4 Militia Barracks Militia barracks. These long houses line the walls and provide armories and sleeping quarters for the city's 450 soldiers.
5 Order of the Silver Crescent An economic guild, money changer, money lender and jeweler's shop.
6 The Karoush Mining Consortium

An economic guild comprised of 16 small mining operations that work in conjunction to share resources, set market prices and regulate competition. The Mining Consortium is the most powerful economic force in the region aside from the Jhad and the royal family.

7 Ore Warehouses A series of large warehouses where the Karoush Mining Consortium stores raw iron ore, ingots and other materials.
8 Tower of the Magi A small wizard's guild that also takes on and trains a few apprentices. They have a good library and various labs. They also sell a few potions and charms to those with enough coin.
9 Burning Sands Trade Emporium A general store and trading post. Deals in a wide variety of goods - weapons, armor, animals, vehicles, textiles, foodstuffs, tools and much more. They are as likely to trade and barter goods and services as take coins.
10 The Three Palms Society
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A very exclusive social club that caters to wealthy clients. They maintain strict privacy. Only members are allowed in.
11 House of Iron
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Smith's Guild hall
12 Hall of Brotherhood A union that serves the teamsters and common laborers of the city through shared resources, political protection and so forth. Even indentured servants and slaves derive some benefit from this place.
13 Agrarian Guild Hall An economic union of farmers and land owners.
14 Metal Worker's Union An economic union of metal workers.
15 Iron Square A cluster of black smith and metal working shops.
16 Inner City Cemetary The oldest cemetary in the city which houses many mausoleums and crypts that belong to the wealthiest families of Qazadeen.
17 Mid City Cemetary The main city cemetary.
18 City Public Works Office Office which maintains records of the city.
19 Angmar's Exotic Aromatics Apothecary's Shop - A small medical herbal shop run by an old woman named Angmar. She is quite skilled and alchemy, herbalism and healing. Some say she is a witch that can brew poisons and love potions.
20 Bodan's Marvelous Bows A small shop that specializes in bows. It is run by a two brothers, both in their forties. Bodan makes bows while his older brother, Jamat, makes arrows. they are assisted by Bodan's son, Eimer.
21 The Golden Grain Bakery  
22 The Crown Sparrow
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23 The Desert Wolf Tavern
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24 The River's Edge Tavern
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25 The Eagle's Aerie Inn
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26 The Vanquished Vizier Inn
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27 The Golden Monkey Hall of Spirits
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28 Hall of the Whispering Winds
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29 The Blazing Brazier
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30 The Rookery
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31 The Glitter Water
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32 Bellor's Brewhouse
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33 Sandor's Fine Steel
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34 The Chattering Parrot
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35 The Whimpering Weasel
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36 The Mirage
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37 The Halmaka
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38 The Slaver's Guild Guild Hall- This is the local branch office of the imperial slaver's guild.
39 The Broken Tooth Tavern
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40 The Sellsword's Reward
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41 The Grumpy Gazelle
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42 The Sandtroll's Horn
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43 The Brass Bell
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44 The Belching Bandit
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The Underworld

The Bellowguard

The Bellowguard is the largest and most powerful crime cartel in the city.

 

Unique City Features

The East Nupar River

The East Nupar River starts here in Qazadeen from a karst. In fact, the Temple of Hram is built upon the spring. Qazadeen takes water from the river for a variety of purposes - drinking water, cooking, bathing and to supply it's sewer system.

Important People of Aramanda

Jhad Maquiren ibn Hassal

The provincial governor of Karoush and ruler of Qazadeen.

Jhamad ibn Dardan, City Militia Commander and Lord of the Ward Keep

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Yita, High Priest of Hram and Leader of the Hram Temple

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Vumaru ibn Sulis, Grand Vizier, Chief Advisor to the Jhad

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Tarana ibn Achroth ibn Fashad, Chief Magistrate

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