White City
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White City
Aliases City of Songs
Pool of Life
Size Large City
Location Borough of White City
County of Abregdanshire
Erwynn, Ilefain
Ruler Mayor Peter Best
Population 22,400
Exports ?

White City is one of the oldest cities of Ilefain and the capital of Erwynn. White City is the third most populous city in Ilefain. White City is a economic hub and is seen by many merchants to be a "neutral ground" of sorts. Travelers come year round to make deals and cement alliances. Beginning as a quarry town, it soon grew as roads were built connect the city to Jaress and Temple. The city is now a major urban center and includes the Astrid University.

The city lies just north of the Ábregdan Forest and has had a somewhat rocky history with the wood. At times dealing with the reclusive elves within. Though, no wild elves live in the forest today, the forest still harbors dark secrets that the cosmopolitan population of White City would rather ignore.

The city is famous for its poetry and music culture. Bards from all over Ilefain come to White City to learn from the maestros of the Abby Road Bardic College.

History


Founding

The original street plan of White City was said to have been designed by Emperor Julian III himself. The original seven streets were laid out in a H shape:

  • Abbey Road
  • Blackbird Street
  • Golden Slumber Road
  • Longstreet
  • Penny Lane (now Pennynold Lane)
  • Silverhammer Road
  • Winding Road

Dark Empire

Sage Riots

Astrid University was the site of the Sage Riots in 355

Deathsong Plague

(877 - 891 NS)

Orcwars

(1009 - 1040 NS)

Aberration Infiltration

Discovery of half of the Astrid Academy faculty taken over by aberrations in 825.

The Colwynn Murders

see James and Susan Colwynn

1347-1354

The Severing War

see Severing War

Sir Lord Silas Valligan left to fight in the eastern war with his uncle, Maurice. He named Peter Best as Mayor of White City and encouraged the young man to use the wisdom of Alexandre Valligan to help him govern. This choice of mayor has lead to much controversy, as many other city nobles see themselves as more worthy or capable.

Culture


Inhabitants of White City are referred to as Bintsers, in reference to a local dish known as "bintas", a form of honey pie. The word "bintas" has also become synonymous with the White City accent and dialect. Also, the bintser haircut, or arthur haircut, common among the populace, is a straight cut - collar-length at the back and over the ears at the sides, with straight bangs.

As with other major Fainish cities, White City has a large and diverse population. It is the most racially integrated population in Ilefain.

The White City Festival of Music runs from mid-Urmnis to late Galven.

Arthur the Lion

The mascot of the city and its peoples is Arthur the brown lion, defender of the bards. He is popularly depicted either in fierce combat, or comically drunk and playing a green lute; an image clearly based upon the city arms.

Governance


White City has the Local Council. White City's current mayor is Peter Best.

Local Council

Noble Families

Defense


The Sheriff of White City and the surrounding county is Sir Maxwell Silverhammer III. He is advised by the Captain of the Guard, Dame Alicia Valligan. The City Guard are nimble and fleet. They are armed with batons and (if fights get rough) rapiers and bucklers. Almost coincidentally, most of the City Guard are known to be good dancers.

The city is famous for its elite guard, the Crimson Guard. Combining magic and blade together, they are a small but influential group. Also, due to legal loopholes, they are not required to register as a wizard circle. The locals call them the Red Mages.

Also the city is home to the Shields of the Red Waters, a Damenic holy order.

Appearance and layout


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White City

White City's history means that there are a considerable variety of architectural styles found there. Its role as a major crossroads in the Fainish Kingdom means that many of the finest buildings in the city were built as headquarters for postal and porter firms, whilst the great wealth this afforded the city allowed the development of grand civic buildings, designed to allow the local administrators to 'run the city with pride'.

The area around Abbey Road has is the city's cultural quarter, complete with a grand library, art gallery and museum.

Inhabitants


Quotes about White City


"Wyte Citie, a pavid towne, hath but a chapel… The king hath a castelet there, and the Duke of Erwynn hath a stone howse there. Elfin merchants cum much thither, as to a good haven… At Wyte Citie is smaul custom payed, that causith marchantes to resorte thither. Good marchandis at Wyte Citie, and much Elfin yarrn that Flute men do buy there…" - John Leland (antiquary), Itinery, c. 436-39 PI

"White City is one of the wonders of Ilefain… In a word, there is no town in Ilefain, Jaress excepted, that can equal [it] for the fineness of the streets, and the beauty of the buildings." Daniel deFoe - A Tour through the Whole Land of Ilefain, 1021-26

"[O]ne of the neatest, best towns I have seen in Ilefain." - John Wesley. Journal, 1055

"I have heard of the greatness of White City but the reality far surpasses my expectation" - High Prince William Alexander, speech, 1146

"White City…has become a wonder of the world. It is the Alexandria of Ilefain, a world city rather than merely Fainish provincial.” - Illustrated Jaress News, 15 May 1186

"White City is the 'pool of life' " - C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1228

"The centre is imposing, dignified and darkish, like a city in a rather gloomy romantic novel…We had now arrived in the heart of the big city, and as usual it was almost a heart of darkness. But it looked like a big city, there was no denying that. Here, emphatically, was the Fainish port second only to Jaress. The very weight of stone emphasised that fact. And even if the sun never seems to properly rise over it, I like a big city to proclaim itself a big city at once…" - J.B. Priestley, Fainish Journey, 1234

"…if White City can get into top gear again there is no limit to the city's potential. The scale and resilience of the buildings and people is amazing - it is a world city, far more so than Jaress and Rest. It doesn't feel like anywhere else in Erwynn: comparisons always end up across borders - Ildrad Zinthys, or Flute, or Anhela." - Ian Nairn, Ilefain's Changing Towns, 1367

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