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The city of Magnimar (pronounced MAG-nih-mahr) stands as one of the two major city-states of southern Varisia. Founded by Korvosan dissenters in 4608 AR, the City of Monuments now stands as a rival to Korvosa in an open war of coin and words.
Magnimar is a large city located on the southwestern coast of Varisia where the Yondabakari River empties into the Varisian Gulf. The city is surrounded by the mostly inhospitable Mushfens. The city itself is defined by two colossal landmarks which predate modern civilization by thousands of years or more. The Irespan is an ancient Thassilonian ruin, the easternmost end of a giant bridge which has now crumbled into the sea. This enormous relic stretched from Magnimar’s other most noticeable feature, the three-hundred-foot tall cliff which cuts the city in two known as the Seacleft.
While these unavoidable monuments provide natural dividers to the city’s three major districts (the Summit atop the cliff, the Shore below, and the Shadow under the Irespan, residents recognize eighteen official communities within Magnimar.
The wealthiest communities in Magnimar are located in the Summit atop the rise of the Seacleft, as are the city’s centers of government, education, and arts. The Summit contains the following districts:
- Alabaster District
- Marble District
- Capital District
- Grand Arch
Home to the majority of Magnimar’s working class, the Shore contains Magnimar’s coasts and docks, and the following districts:
- Bazaar of Sails
- The Marches
- Beacon’s Point
- Rag’s End
- Silver Shore
- Kyver’s Islet
The Shadow district is the most derelict in the city and houses only the single community of Underbridge. It is home to the seediest of Magnimar’s inhabitants and most members of the government take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to the district’s problems.
Magnimar has begun to slowly expand her sphere of influence to encompass many nearby settlements and communities. This is a list of but a few that have come under the jurisdiction of Magnimar.
- Turtleback Ferry
- Wolf’s Ear