Konigburg

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Konigburg is the capital city of the Western Kingdom.

History

This ancient city was once a small village at the edge of a lake beside some small hills. The village grew in 16WK prosperous due to the discovery of true-silver in a nearby hill along with diamonds and other gemstones. The local lord of the time was Dominus Jubert Glattezung who used the resources to transform the village into a rich trading town and establish himself as a very rich man.

The next few years saw Ulric the Wolf forge his realm into what is now Aquila but which were then merely realms that bowed to his over-lordship by choice or at the end of his army’s swords. Konigburg became one of the towns in what are now the Duchy of Aquila and the centre of his realm. When Ulric_the _Wolf married the Marquessa of Bowcourt he made Konigburg the centre of the Western Kingdom of the time (which included only present Aquila and Bowcourt) and the town grew further into a city.

The next centuries saw the city grow further and yet more prosperous and some of the local rivers were diverted to flow through the city forming the canal river system that is a feature of the city today. The great Konigburg Cathedral of Ottokar was built and the old fort Swangzt was rebuilt; becoming what is Castle Konigburg of today.

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It has been noted in reports from Konigburg that rune covered obelisks have been positioned in and around the city and guards posted on or near these stone objects. Queries as to their purpose have been met with silence or sometimes incarceration for especially persistent or insolent query makers. As such little is known of them and attempts to scry them have been met with limited success as they seem to be affecting the magic involved. It is surmised that they are some sort of defence mechanism for the city against portal using magic.

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The area around Konigburg

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Map

Version 1 of the map


Vargon River

The River that runs through the city (West to East) is the Vargon River named after one of Ulric the Wolf’s great generals and it flows from the hills to the North and West of Konigburg down to the great Baratary River some 80 miles to the east.

Key to details in the city map

See the map above - this is still a work in progress
1. Konigburg Castle . The castle walls are large and solid, having been built up over the last few centuries to their current height of 50ft with large parapets looking down from their heights. There are wall towers every 200ft around the walls. The walls are guarded by the Castle Guards known as the Schwarze Menn.


Access to the castle and precincts is quite restricted and 'visitors' (this includes Seagate Guild members who are even more closely scrutinised, searched, relieved of weaponry, relieved of armour, relieved of all items inc potions etc, laden with Iron identification bracelets and very heavily escorted by attentive, expectant and trained guards if allowed in at all) are subject to search and scrutiny via a number of magical means as well as mages and items of interest confiscated and held by the guards until they leave. Everyone entering the area even if staff or guards are magically checked and searched before admittance.

These precautions have been instigated to protect the royal family from any more assasination attempts and since the threat of war with the Elves / Drow


2. Royal Gardens. These lovely gardens are only accessible by way of Volins Bridge from Konigburg Castle as it is elevated above the surrounding river and enclosed by the gardens walls that are just as high and patrolled by the Schwarze Menn as well. The Gardens are the domain of the Konigburg Royal Gardeners who care for the flora here and the few small buildings nestled in the gardens amongst the trees and flowers growing abundantly here. Few people apart from the nobility of the WK and such like have been through here but those that do relate tales of beauty and wonder in such a small area.

3. Glattezung Castle. The original castle of the city which is now the base of the Konigburg Guards and their supporting forces. The castle is made of thick dark stone and the walls are said to be very thick as well as deep rooted. The castle features 7 towers with one being the black tower that was rumoured to be a prison in the dim dark past.

4. Tower Isle. This island is the home of the Western Kingdom Institute of Magical Knowledge and has 7 heptagonal shaped towers with a larger Octagonal tower in the center of the island. The island is the domain of ‘The Institute’ and its members. The citizenry of the city are allowed on the isle but in practise they rarely go there unless they have specific business there. The bridges to the isle are watched over by mages from the Institute who scrutinise the visitors before allowing them to pass. The Arch-mage of the Western Kingdom is Myrddin Adhan. who is a staunch royalist and supporter of the King although he has kept a low profile until after the King married Queen Meredithis of Ranke.

5. Isle of Serenity. This island is in the center of Fontaine-de-Konigs and it has a few small buildings and most notably a huge rotunda for musical occasions. It is a haven for illicit rendezvous and a place to get away from the city.

6. Fontaine-de-Konigs. This lake of water is the product of a natural spring that produces water of great clarity. The area of the lake hasn’t changed much overtime but it remains slightly (10ft) raised above the level of the surrounding land due to the extensive cobbled walks around its area on raised earth and stone which provide firm boundaries for the waters..

7. Magnus Gate This is a large solid gatehouse which comprises two sets of double gates, and two portcullis' which rises to 140ft. The Gate tunnels are 50ft long and rise to 40ft with a width of 30ft.

8. Otto’s Gate This large tower and gatehouse complex rises to 230ft and includes a 236-step spiral staircase that leads up to the observation platform 180ft above the ground that affords great views of the surrounding countryside. The single gate tunnel runs for 80ft and rises to 50ft with a width of 40ft and has heavy portcullis and iron gates at either end.

9. Albert’s Gate This Gate is composed of a south tower, a north tower and a central building. It has several levels and the gate tunnel runs for 40ft and is 30ft in height and 30ft in width. The two towers and the central block appear as one construction and the towers have high peaked conical roofs that peak at 250ft.

10. Vlad’s Gate This impressive gate is a triple gated gatehouse with two 160ft tall conical towers and a central barracks built above the triple gates. The gate tunnel is 70ft long and 30ft wide with strong gates and portcullis at either end. Abutting the gates is a squat dark tower known as Vlad’s gate which has a sinister reputation from the reign of King Vlad and was where he took various beings who were never seen again. Since 780 the tower has become the home of the WK College of Heralds and they have taken over the neighbouring stables as well.

11. Queens Gate This is a simple gatehouse and building with the towers and gatehouse rising to a height of 166ft above ground and the tunnel under the gatehouse is 100ft long and arches up to a height of 60ft with a width of 40ft. Ladies of the court, prominent female figures and future queens all have to pass through this passage and be noted in ‘The book of Queens passage’.

12. Edris Bridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

13. Wolf Bridge. This Arch Bridge rises to a height of 20ft above the Vargon River and river traffic isn’t allowed to pass beneath its stone arches.

14. Volins Bridge. This enclosed Arch Bridge rises quickly to a height of 60ft above the Vargon River and river traffic isn’t allowed to pass beneath its stone arches. This is the sole entry point to the Royal Gardens and few people apart from the nobility of the WK and such like have been through here.

15. Kings Bridge. This Arch Bridge rises to a height of 20ft above the Vargon River and river traffic isn’t allowed to pass beneath its stone arches.

16. Jubert’s Bridge This Arch Bridge rises to a height of 20ft above the Vargon River and river traffic isn’t allowed to pass beneath its stone arches.

17. Bridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

18. Bridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

19. Bridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

20. Eastbridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

21. Bridge. This raised Arch Bridge rises in the centre 40ft above the Vargon River allowing river traffic to pass beneath its stone arches.

DISTRICT NAMES (for various sections of the city)

A. This district is called - TBA

B. This district is called Wilhelmsdorf and is generally classed as Lower Middle Class in that a lot of the business done here involves animals and as such there are sale yards, butcheries and LMC tenements and the like

C. This district is called Vulkenburg and is a middle class working area with lots of workers calling it home.

D. This district is called Rosenthayl and it is a heavy trade area where Tanners and Blacksmiths are predominantly located as well as other such enterprises.

E. This district is called - TBA (MC)

F. This district is called Merchant Area. Home to most of the merchants of the city and the Stoleshnikov Mews can be found here.

G. This district is called Prunkow and it is the largest merchant trade of the city

H. This district is called - TBA

I. This district is called Heston Barracks. This small area is the domain of the Konigburg Guards and is dominated by the huge Heston Barracks

J. This district is called Richton. This is one of the upperclass areas of the city and is well patrolled by the city watch and other private guards.

Notables

Being the capital city and seat of the royal court means that you can barely throw a cat without coming into contact with someone of note (and even more so once you enter the walls of Konigburg castle) and so not everyone will be detailed here but GM's can detail likely people of importance to be added once encountered.

King Ulric Schwarzrotgold. Married Queen Meredithis in Summer 812 WK.

Queen Meredithis. Married King Ulric Schwarzrotgold in Summer 812 WK.

The Companions of Ulric - these are a group of close-knit friends that Ulric has grown up with all of whom have shown themselves to be men of true honour and loyalty having grown up together, attended the same academy (The Kingdom Citadel Academy) and had extensive familial ties to each other.

On the 1st of Frost 812 WK Count Blitzkrieg of Aquila arrived at Konigburg. Count Blitzkrieg come to assist the King in this time of trouble and is known to be advising King Ulric on military matters as well as security for him and his family. In 813 WK Blitzkrieg took up the position of Lord General of the Southern Army in order to repel the Drow invasion.

Lady Celene of Alfheim has since around 810 WK been mounting a charm campaign (after the problems with the Elder God thing) with to get the King, Royal family, Court, and Courtiers onside and less hostile and moving it back towards closer more friendly views of Alfheim. It is rumoured that when the Drow attacked up the Ice Road, she was called upon and told the Elves had two months to deal with it, or the humans would set aside. She was instrumental in getting the Alfheim Court to take responsibility for dealing with the Drow invasion.

Elven Ambassadors to the WK

  • The current Elven ambassador in Konigburg is Lady Celene of Alfheim, Ambassador from 760 WK to now.

Known previous Eleven Ambassadors in Konigburg are

  • Lady Alean Harthym, ambassador from 460-500 WK – retired to Borderlay
  • Lord Eirretyn Ousseal, ambassador from 500-540 WK – retired to Konigburg

Locations of note within the city

Stoleshnikov Mews

This area of the city is known for its gems and jewellery. One of the best known is Von Cleef & Arplet

Heston Barracks

This is the headquarters of the Konigburg Guards

Western Kingdom Institute of Magical Knowledge

The 7 heptagonal shaped towers on Tower Isle in Konigburg are said to represent the Magical Branches taught by this institution and they are administered by the guild masters based in The Octagon.

The island is the domain of ‘The Institute’ and its members and while the citizenry of the city are allowed on the isle but in practise they rarely go there unless they have specific business there. The bridges to the isle are watched over by mages from the Institute who scrutinise the visitors before allowing them to pass.

The current Arch-mage of the Western Kingdom is Myrddin Adhan

The institute has been quietly going about its business since 400WK and good quality reliable mages regularly graduate to take up positions as court mages throughout the WK or undertake other activities - once their tutalage costs have been repaid. The graduates and other mages are all known for their skills and ability as well as sense of honour which was part of the Institutes cirriculum. This is the primary home of magical training in the Western Kingdom and all citizens of the WK who qualify can join. A number of other locations throughout the WK are owned by the Institute.

Locations within the castle walls

The great Konigburg Cathedral of Ottokar aka Ottomars Basilica

This Cathedral was destroyed in the burning of Michaelmas 805 which was a result of the attempt on King Ulric and involved the death of Duke_Frederick_of_Aquila - King Ulric’s father who died protecting his son.

Counvent des Célestein

The Celestial Convent is a convent dedicated to bringing up young noble ladies of the Western Kingdom and has been in place since 366WK.

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace also known as Magnus’s Hall was started in 88WK.

The Konigs Palace

The Konig’s Palace is a 6 story stone building nestled up against the SE corner of the Castle. It used to be a barracks but has been refurbished into discrete series of suites which each have a central room with 6 rooms running off the central area (there are also bathing suites) and up to 800 people can be housed in the Palace.

The Round Tower
This 60ft tall large solid round tower houses many important offices of the Western Kingdom bureaucracy but the top 3 floors hold The Royal Archives of the Western Kingdom, under the control of the Lord Clerk Register - Francoise Lerchensfeld. The archives are reputed to be hidden away in a maze of tunnels under the grounds of the castle as are huge amounts of Jewels, hidden rooms and secret residences – but this is perhaps just a local legend.
The royal archives are run day to day by Sir Johnn Wheiler-Bennoit - the Keeper of the Royal Archives. The archives are thought to have a staff of between 10 and 100.

The Martyn Tower

This squat solid 30ft tower is the home to the Regalia of the Western Kingdom and it has been continuously since 200WK. There are many valuable items stored here along with the royal Regalia, such as bejewelled arms and armour, gilded tomes and the like. The Tower is maintained and protected by The Lord Warden of the Martyn Tower and his men, ‘The Martynmen’. The current lord of the tower is Lord Osric del Torm - Lord Warden of the Martyn Tower

The Royal Court

Forces in the City

1 - The Kings Rapiers These were previously known as The Tricorne Hobbits of the King's Rapiers
This elite band of 200 Halfling Fighters (and occasional Mage) has great stature in the Western Kingdom as the loyal protectors of the King. They are well dressed and have red tri-corn hats.

  • At the start of Winter 810 the hobbits received a missive from King Ulric Schwarzrotgold asking them to return to his service. 40 hobbits departed to Konigburg then with the other 160 returning at the end of Spring 810. They all have reclaimed their old uniforms and are protecting the King once more.

2 - The Wolf Guards aka Wolfschutz This is one of the elite units of the Western Kingdom forces and has been guarding the royal family since it was formed out of Ulric_the_Wolf's personal guard in WK 1. It has grown from 10 men into the present day (800WK) regiment of 1000 men and women who are charged with guarding the royal family. There are a number of sub units attached to the Wolfschutz of which little is known.

  • The Wolfschutz are commanded by Margraf Josef de Marzban who is also known as Hochwolfe. Margraf Josef de Marzban is the 10th de Marzban to hold the position of commanding the Wolfschutz and he grew up with King Ulrics father Frederick Albert Schwarotgold I. Josef de Marzban is very loyal to the line of Ulric the Wolf and King Ulric himself as he has seen him grow from a babe to the King that he is today.
  • Other senior commanders of the Wolfschutz are Captain Fritz de Wirtt, Captain Theodore Wirsch, Captain Otto Mohnk, Captain Wilhelm Krunstudegger, Captain Julius Strech and Captain Gunter Berchold.
  • Notable members of the Wolfschutz are Ernst de Royne, Jurgen Rechstass, Rudolf Wagner, Meyer von Kleist, Erwald Wunsche, Joachim Rothschild, Gustav Sartois, Albert Schundzig, Klaus L'Ahlbard, Gerd Devonge, Hugo Bergeron, Georg de Schonberg and Kurt von Gazhost.<nr?

3 - Royal Wizardry Squadron, a dozen extremely capable mages who all hold the court rank equivalent of a Baron if they hold no other title or rank. The Primary role of the Squadron is in protecting the royal family from harm.

4 - Konigburg Guards. This 2000 man regiment is responsible for the security of the city by manning it's walls and patrolling the nearby countryside as well as manning a number of 'Toll Booths' on routes to the city.

5 - Konigburg Watch. The city watch looks after the city of Konigburg as any other city watch does but a little more vigilantly due to the close proximity of the King and the Royal Court as well as the other guard forces in the vicinity.

Ladies in Waiting

These are some of the Ladies in waiting at the court of King Ulric, but this is not an extensive list as there is often a new influx or outflow of them over various periods.

  • Lady Ulrika Froggatt. b780. She has long Blonde hair and deep blue eyes, she is 5'9" tall and willowy. She has been described as beautiful, dark and mysterious. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Symone Beauchamp aka Lady Redwater - b782WK. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Barina Denjit B 784WK. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Zarin de Crowvyn, b788. She has long jet black hair and dark brown eyes, she is 5'8", trim and willowy. She has been described as very beautiful. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Renee de Crowvyn, b788. She has long deep black hair and dark brown eyes, she is 5'7" and well proportioned. She has been described as dark and mysterious. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Zoya de Crowvyn. b788. She has long black hair and dark brown eyes, she is 5'3" but stunning. She has been described as something dangerous in a small figure but fun & interesting to attend functions with. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Griselda de Ville b 790WK. A member of the order known as the Ladies of Sigismund.
  • Lady Amy de Robsart
  • Lady Ayn Boylarin
  • Lady Anne Vavsour
  • Lady Bess Hardwick
  • Lady Blanche du Perrie
  • Lady Catherine Cary
  • Lady Catherine Medcyn
  • Lady Catarine Hoardyn
  • Lady Sophie Choytech
  • Lady Eleanor de Bullden
  • Lady Elizabeth Bardon, Lady Eliza Crooke, Lady Frances Barandon, Lady Gabrielle de Polstron, Lady Helena Sakbourg, Lade Jayn Parkcombe, Lady Arabella Stoat, Lady Diana Sheathfield, Lady Janel Pale, Lady Magdalena Rudenschild, Lady Lutice Knoll, Lady Penelope Devereux, Lady Lavina Teerlyc, Lady Louise Tourzel, Lady Elsbeth Marsina, Lady Marget Douglan, Lady Margaret Poyl, Lady Marie Boylarin, Lady Mary Pale,