The Telus Chronicles
The majestic city of Tyrol rests at the mouth of the River Siann where it empties into the Trident Lake. The walled Old City stands on the hill overlooking the North Bank from the lesser estates and wealthy merchants’ shops at the base of the hill to the Ducal Palace and Cathedral of the Six at its peak. Clinging to the outer side of the walls lies the Coin District, a middle-class residential and mercantile neighborhood where many of the houses are built onto the stone walls of the city.
Across the river lies the Ashes, the industrial and commercial beating heart of the city. The great ships and barges from up- and downriver all dock along the southwest bank, which has led to massive sprawling dockyards, warehouses, and workshops (along with the sort of business catering to sailors passing through) cluttering the district. Three great bridges, named for Bran the Blessed, William de Regnard, and Edessa I, span the quarter-mile width of the river at key points between the Ashes and the Coin District. It is rumored that the Edessene Bridge was originally named for Harald of Tyre, but was renamed when the assassination of the elven High King Galadrun I at Harald’s hand ceased to be a pleasant historical memory.
A single towering spire breaks the relatively low-slung cityscape of the Ashes, belonging to the Ducal Academy. This massive limestone tower houses the academy, the home quarters for the Goston Division, and a massive library. Its base is ringed by a much shorter and better fortified keep, which serves as the headquarters of the Tyresian Guard. The latter garrison serves two purposes by its station in the Ashes: First, it protects both the mages of the Academy and the civilian bystanders living around it; and second, it symbolically stands apart from the authority of the Duke. Though the Guard exists to protect the reigning Duke and their immediate family, they are careful to maintain their independence from their protectees’ commands and remain subject only to the Low Council.