Shattered Star Campaign
Although much of Magnimar’s industry and trade takes place along the Shore, the dusty blocks that surround the Irespan ring with the noisy work of sculptors, jewelers, woodcarvers, and all manner of other artisans who work in rare mediums-even magic. In Bridgeward, studios and workshops of such artisans engage in their trade and competition for students, members, and custom. Yet despite the quality of many of Magnimar’s artists, these establishments are not the primary purpose of this large district, for it is here that the city’s government is centered.
The majority of the Capital District’s buildings are made of stone, and as the city’s seat of
government, it’s also among the city’s safest areas. Not only are all streets and most alleys kept lit after dark with well maintained lanterns, but the city watch foots additional patrols here to ensure that Magnimar’s bureaucratic heart remains healthy. In addition, the buildings of the Capital District are, on average, the oldest and most artistically decorated of all those in the city. Strolls down many of this district’s major streets are at times akin to walks though museums of art.
Irespan This towering monument, a relic from the ancient empire of Thassilon, stands as Magnimar’s most distinctive feature. It is also one of the city’s most notorious, with a recent history tainted by tragedy and dark rumors.
Golemworks One of Magnimar’s best-known industries is the Golemworks, a series of unremarkable, crow-haunted warehouses near the north edge of the Irespan. Nearly 30 years ago, local wizard and founder of the Golemworks, Toth Bhreacher, discovered that the stone of the Irespan proved particularly useful in crafting constructs. Since his discovery, this studio has grown into a sizable and prestigious workhouse with loyal customers as far away as Absalom and Katapesh.
Cenotaph One of the tallest structures in the city, this 10- story, cylindrical monument is called the Cenotaph. Created as a memorial to Magnimar’s most beloved founder, Alcaydian Indros, the monument was meant to be an empty tomb honoring the local hero. As years passed however, an inordinate number of residents requested to have their bones entombed near or within the monument. Begun as an honor to the great man, the practice has become a tradition and postmortem status symbol for all who can afford burial beneath the stones of the surrounding Mourner’s Plaza or in the later- constructed catacombs beneath the memorial.
Founder’s Archive and Museum of Ages Occupying a small campus just north of Usher’s Hall, two grandiose structures house the histories, findings, and private collections of some of the city’s most esteemed citizens. The majority of governmental funds contributed to city-wide enlightenment go toward these two structures’ maintenance. Of particular note in the Museum of Ages itself are three of its permanent displays: the ancient Eye of Rakzhan, the Gemstone Regalia of King Chadris Porphyria III, and the Lions of Siv.
Indros cul Vydrarch The towering marble sculpture called “Indros cui Vydrarch” depicts the legendary battle between Alcaydian Indros and the great Vydrarch.
Pediment Building Near Usher’s Hall stands the impassive gray stone fastness of the Pediment Building. The impressive upper halls-replete with stern-faced gargoyles and grim judges serve as the home of the Justice Court and the Halls of Virtue. Here judges interpret Magnimar’s few laws. In many cases, the justices must be quite creative in how they interpret and rule, often consulting each other for advice. Also held here, are the offices of, undisputedly, the most politically powerful man in Magnimar, Lord-Mayor Haldmeer Grobaras.
Usher’s Hall Said to be the most powerful political institution in Magnimar, the Council of Ushers is defined by its charter as an assembly of the eldest, most experienced, and most influential of the community’s leaders, overseen by an executive moderator. As the city has grown, so too has this legislature, and what began as a group of the city’s 15 most active and outspoken family leaders has bloated into a delegation of 117 members.
Lord-Mayor’s Menagerie Aside from their home, the Heidmarchs also curate the Lord-Mayor’s Menagerie, a public park where they display many of their taxidermy trophies and live captures, most notably a blinded ruby-eyed basilisk (its eyes are also on display), a fist-sized metal spider from Numeria’s Felldales , the viable egg of a tarn linnorm, a family of albino donkey rats, and “Prince Mandali”