The City of Wall
Wall, the Slumbering City, officially named Aigeann, is a sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the reaches of the Graydell and No’ridge mountains, and the surrounding marshlands. Wall is a communal state, ruled by a council of members elected or appointed by a variety of methods, depending on the representative class. The city-state was most recently established in CE 803 by the Siege of Aigeann and the Torchlight Treaty, signed by members of the first Wall Council.
The city of Aigeann has existed before the Separation, and many artifacts of that period may still be found within the walls. Aigeann, in myth, is the birthplace of at least one, if not more, of the gods. Before the Separation, the city of Aigeann was a vast cultural, religious, and magical center, though in recent years it has become primarily a trading hub. Many races have claimed ownership to Aigeann over the years, and usually each new claim has been followed by a siege, civil war, or other violent confrontation. Due to its claim as hallowed religious grounds, however, Aigeann has usually not been razed to the ground, and instead new occupants would build atop the ruins of the city below, causing Aigeann to become taller and taller, with a more labyrinthine layout as the centuries wore on.
In recent history, Aigeann has become more commonly known as Wall, from the belief that it is the wall between this world and the next. As of CE 741, Wall was conquered by a banded tribe of orc, tiefling, and dragonborn warriors, who claimed control of the city until CE 803, one of the shortest, but most destructive, claims since the Separation. In CE 803, an alliance of races, primarily humans, elves, and dwarves, sieged the city of Wall in an attempt to retake the hallowed city. The siege lasted just under a year, and was broken when dragonborn and tiefling warriors defected from the city-state and aided a successful retake of the city.
Soon after, to signify the peaceful intentions of the races involved, the Wall Council was formed, and the Torchlight Treaty was signed into being (so named for the torch-lit meetings where the treaty was finalized). The treaty’s primary measures cover non-aggression acts between several of the races’ home nations in order to create a “neutral ground” for trade agreements, but other measurements involving land rights, rights to artifices and relics within the city, and other minor subjects. Since the treaty, Wall has experienced troubled growth due to difficult agricultural terrain, though with the recent increase in trade much of the city’s needs are being met through taxes levied against trade groups.
Geography & Climate
Wall is surrounded on most sides by the Graydell and No’ridge Mountain ranges, and on the northern border by the Talon Sea. When the Torchlight Treaty was signed in CE 803, the lands claimed by the Wall Council exceeded previous claims of ownership past the cloistered walls of Aigeann and extended to the mountains’ foot-lands as the new borders. The surrounding lands between Wall and the foot-lands is primarily marshland, though some rocky hills and outcroppings spot the landscape. Caves, especially in the foot-lands and the rocky hills, are prevalent, and mostly man-made from mining efforts.
Wall’s climate is oceanic, though its northern location means near year-round cold temperatures. The frequent precipitation leads to difficult farming, as many crops cannot survive the excess rainfall and cool temperatures.
The governing body of Wall is a series of councils formed by various methods, depending on the council’s area of control. The Temple Council appoints members for life, while the Merchant’s Council elects members annually, for instance. Each minor council may elect or appoint a member to the Wall Council, which is the primary leadership of the city-state. The five primary Wall Council members are the Temple Counselor, representing the religious groups of the city; the Merchant Counselor, representing the merchant guilds, trade ports, and other economic councils; the Military Counselor, who is most usually the captain of the city’s militia forces; the People’s Counselor who represents the common people of the city-state, and the Lord’s Counselor, who represents recognized nobility.
The Wall Council meets rarely, as most disputes and litigation are handled by the smaller, minor councils of Wall, though this sometimes leads to disputes between factions on the legality of certain actions. The Military Counselor has no minor councils, and as such passes no laws outside of defensive measures for the city-state.