Akihito-Remi

Description

Akihito-Remi is a much larger city than Kaede. It is, if such a thing can be said to exist, the aelphin capital city.

Akihito-Remi is built on a geological formation whose aelphin name roughly translates to "the shelf." The Shelf is a broad, flattish bowl valley between two long, curved ridgelines. These ridgelines are steeply sloped but shallow, overlooking the Shelf by only 50 to 100 feet on average. The floor of the bowl valley only dips somewhat from the edges with the exception of the lake. The bowl valley differs in height by only another 50 feet from its lowest point to the highest points near the edge of the ridgeline. The lake is somewhere between 80 and 90 feet deep at its lowest point. The mountain on which The Shelf can be found peaks miles to the south of the Shelf.

There are only 3 land and 2 water approaches to the Shelf. The land approaches are all roads with hefty switchbacks cut painstakingly into the mountainside; as such, they are difficult to quickly traverse, each gaining between 2,000 and 4,000 feet of altitude from the start of the road to the entrance to Akihito-Remi. The waterways are equally hazardous; a glacier-fed waterfall from the mountains above flows into the lake from the south and out through rapids to the southwest.

The Shelf is around 4,000 above sea level on average.

Landmarks

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  1. Sacred Grove
  2. Palace
  3. Market Clearing
  4. Guard Checkpoint
  5. Pass (through ridgeline)
  6. River heading away from lake
  7. Lake
  8. Waterfall from upmountain
  9. Clearing for visitors who wish to camp or keep burden-beasts

Vegetation

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  1. Light Green: Coniferous forest
  2. Yellow: Floral/herb gardens (i.e., small forest clearings)
  3. Brown: Deciduous forest
  4. Red: Grassy clearings (market clearing and camping clearing)

These are just the primary types of vegetation in the area; there are, for example, occasional hardwoods in with the conifers and vice versa.

Commerce

Prices run 20% to 50% higher than most areas due to the city's remote location and high standard of living. Masterwork items and art pieces are slightly more common in Akihito-Remi, though they again cost extra. Most pieces from Akihito-Remi can be readily identified as such due to the exquisite craftsmanship that bears a particular common style (the artisans of the city teach amongst themselves readily, and many of them have picked up certain quirks of workmanship that trained appraisers can easily identify).

Magical and alchemical reagents are commonly available, again at around a 20% premium. Metal and ore run the most expensive at up to a 50% premium due to its rarity and the difficulty of importing it from the dharven.

Orcs, dharven, and humans can be found trading goods in Akihito-Remi. Even zwallen will occasionally come to trade.

Notable Features

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In AR, many of the inn rooms are "hanging rooms". These rooms are baskets woven of living branches. Inside, a few small planks are laid into a flat floor that stretches across the middle of the basket in the long direction. A single (or, rarely, double-bunk) hammock is strung across one side of the room. On the other side, a pole descends from the ceiling, and 2 to 4 shelf-hammocks are strung to it and the wall. These shelf-hammocks are pulled taut and are angled back toward the wall so that items will not easily roll or slide free. In the corner near the door, a large, leafy basin is attached to the wall; it can easily be filled with water. Small phosphorescent flowers grow near the ceiling; their leaves can be gently turned to obscure their dim light. A roll of cloth is bound above the door; when freed, it falls into a sheet that covers the doorway. Generally, a rope bridge leads to the entrance, and a cloth awning covers and protects the doorway (and sometimes the entire bridge), keeping the rain away if leaves do not adequately protect the basket-room's entrance from rainfall.


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