PROJECT The Capital City

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Minibit, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Your world is coloured greatly by the cities, and no city is more important than the Capital city.

    This is where the government usually is; it is a center of trade and the destination of tourists; if your capital is boring, the whole country is boring!

    Here are some pics of various fictional cities;


    Feeling inspired yet? Great!

    Write 2-3 paragraphs about a traveller entering the Capital City for the first time; be sure to include details such as

    • Any common themes in the archetecture
    • The feeling the city gives you (peaceful, at-home, oppressed, chlaustrophobic, adrenaline)
    • How transport works
    • Any famous landmarks
    Alternatively, fill out this form or use your own:

    Rough population:
    What are the slums like?
    Is the city segmented at all?
    What famous landmarks exist?
    What is the archetecture like?
    Is there a colour theme at all?
    Is there a lot of nature? (trees, gardens, parks?)
    Are the streets very busy with people, traffic, open-air markets, peddlers, or is everything inside?
    What kind of environment is the city built on?

    Above all else, your capital city must be impressive. It doesnt have to be huge (heck, if your country is young or small it wouldn't make sense for a huge metropolis!) It doesn't have to be paved or built on a unique geographic site like a waterfall or cliff, it just has to be impressive.
  2. Name: Skaia Megali
    Rough population: 500 000
    What are the slums like? The slums mainly exists in the common district, especially in the south western parts where the poorest area is. Many homeless peole live there, there is more crime in the areas close to this one and people tend to be rougher and colder to outsiders due to their harsh life.

    Is the city segmented at all? Yes, the old palace lies on top of a hill and surrounding that is the rich district, the common district is parted from that by the river Lan Syreeta. The entire city has an outer wall to protect from invasions, the walls separating the districts has long since been removed although the small bridges are not guarded the large market bridge has always guards standing by the rich district.

    What famous landmarks exist? The large market bridge that connects the rich and common district. The old Palace where the royal family once lived before they were overthrown. The temple for the half goddess and oracle Pha'lua. The council building with the large, famous fountaine showing the four dragon races.

    What is the archetecture like? Due to being home to many different races, people from different cultures and countries the newer architecture is heavily influenced by countries such as Cinna and Zarradeo. But the older parts of the city and the royal palace have kept their design even with reparations. Houses are generally built with many floors, housing everal families, like modern apartment complexes, the rich districts houses' are often built to compensate for the slooping ground. A lot of important places like temples, altars, the palace and the council buildings are buil with a lot of rounded walls and circular rooms while most residential houses are more square shaped. The buildings are generally quite plain but a lot of details are added with flowers, intricate windows, window shutters, gardens and so on. When Skaia Megali was just a small town called Megali during the wars functionality was more important than beauty and that archetecture choice linguered for decades and that's why only the newer houses carved and decorated outer walls and more colours.

    Is there a colour theme at all? A lot of the buildings are built with light stone, white, grey, beige and pale sand colours. The old palace is entirely built in polished white stone while the common district generally have slightly darker hues.

    Is there a lot of nature? Yes, Skaia Megali have many parks in both districts, trees and flowerbeds line many streets, especially in the rich quarter. Many houses there have small gardens and in the common district people have small flowerboxes by the windows.

    Are the streets very busy with people, traffic, open-air markets, peddlers, or is everything inside? The common district has a lot of traffic, people going in and out for the fields outside or to travel, or people arriving, tourists and of course trade from the harbour arrives every day as well. Peddlers, beggars and small stalls line some of the larger streets and spread out from the open-air markets. The rich district is less over flooded, market stands keep to the market places, no beggars or poor people line alleys or streets.

    What kind of environment is the city built on? The center of Aldeor is built is a large open plain with small gatherings of trees and the occassional river. The ground shifts between slooping hills and flat ground and not until further south does the large forest Xylia take over. Skaia Megali is built just on the edge of that huge plain, the old palace is built on a hill and the rich district sloopes down gently towards the common district that is built on flat ground. South of that one can see the towering green mass of the forest.
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  3. Name: Zemla

    Rough population: 1 000 000

    What are the slums like? The slums are located just outside the Capital walls on the desert floor. They stay in tents in the shade of the walls. The people there are homeless and jobless. Many die there due to hunger or thirst, the people who do survive adapted by bargaining scrounging or knowing a way to sneak back inside. No one is allowed to scrounge or sleep in the streets of the capital and punishment is they get thrown into the desert and survive out there.

    Is the city segmented at all? Yes, The Capital is isolated but many express trains run in and out of the capital high above the desert. The walls surrounding the capital and blocking the slums and desert are 20 feet tall and the only main way in is the bolted draw bridge on the sunny side of the wall.

    What famous landmarks exist? The Main Castle is in the middle of capital where the king rules. He has an open gate policy during daytime hours has long they keep out of his private rooms, he holds audiences very frequently.

    The Church has had many visitors to look around mainly at the beautiful décor and solid gold roof.

    The wall surrounding the city tourists walk around due to plaques scattered around of how they built the place and to view the desert landscape surrounding the capital.

    The natural water cavern located under the capital with one known entrance next to the church. The ceiling of the Cavern glimmers from the water and people have accidently gotten lost before inside the cavern but the king has put up exit signs down there since then.

    What is the architecture like? The Houses are built out of Stone or breeze blocks and painted white. The ranges of size depending on the owner, they have anything from 1 bedroom flats to 4 bedroom luxury houses. The houses never go higher than 3 stories high though.

    The Castle looks like a standard Medieval Castle.

    The Market Place is inside 4 giant Canvas tent in the corners of the capital and gets very crowded. People tend to get pickpocketed here but they get thrown to the slums if caught.

    Is there a colour theme at all? I think I’ve covered that above J

    Is there a lot of nature? No. Since the Capital in a desert there isn’t much nature apart from the scorpions running around luckily enough not poisonous but they do hurt.

    Are the streets very busy with people, traffic, open-air markets, peddlers, or is everything inside?

    As I’ve stated the Market places are the busiest areas but the parks in between houses are always full of kids and by night full of teenagers. Everyone travels by electric bikes which are solar panelled.

    The Train Station is always packed with people leaving to work out the capital and tourists always coming in

    What kind of environment is the city built on? As the Capital is in the middle of the desert they have made express trains to run to 6 of the nearest cities. The nearest city is 30 minutes by express train. In those other cities it’s where hotels set up for people to visit the capital.
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  4. Name:
    Dasidue Ashe'ia, lit. Great Ashe'ian City (AKA Ashe'i, Capital of Skelocia)

    Rough population:

    What are the slums like?
    Slums are illegal, but there are apartments where more than one family lives -- these are the closest equivalents to slums. Still, these apartments are nice-looking, if a bit crowded. Although no "slums" exist, currently there is a growing amount of cases where multiple families live under the same roof. (Note: The jobless are "reassigned" to another city/town in need of a worker)

    Is the city segmented at all?
    Yes. There is a home district for civilians, the royal palace, the headquarters of the Skelocian military-police, a commercial district, parks (with lakes, etc), a world-renowned entertainment district where they hold major cultural festivals, an educational district where museums, libraries, and schools are kept. All of these areas are kept quite apart, but a fast mass transit system -- known here as Iuktre (YOOK-treh) -- is in place that allows transportation across the capital (also to other major Skelocian cities) to be very convenient and feasible.

    What famous landmarks exist?
    The Iuktre (lit. "fast cart") mass transit system, the royal palace, and the Grand Saisuran Auditorium (Dasonue Saisurana) where performers around the world perform their art. Also, right next to the Entertainment District (where the auditorium is) is the famous and ancient Saisur Park (Naogamin Saisur). However, no one is allowed there after dark.

    What is the architecture like?
    The capital could be compared to Venezia -- surrounded by water. The water flows through the city harmoniously with the man-made buildings. This harmony may stem from ancient beliefs that water traps spirits, and so the predecessors to the current Skelocian government may have been influenced to build channels throughout the city in order to protect it. Although Skelocian culture today says those beliefs are mere childish superstitions, the waters remained undisturbed. Due to the presence of the substance, Skelocian architecture involves working around it and as a result many bridges can be found in the city. The following are examples of how water and buildings work harmoniously:

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    One way to describe Skelocian architecture is by calling it both modern and ancient. There is something surreal about this combination when looked at objectively. Native Ashe'ians do not notice there is something odd with its design as they are accustomed to it, but visitors from other towns would notice this immediately -- especially when you take a look at the royal palace. The royal palace contains the most of the ancient influence: it possesses a gray and slate blue color scheme, with beautiful stone of this color adorning the walls, a theme of a serpentine creature (in actuality they are representations of a guardian from the ancient culture, known then as Noctil), and engravings of holy symbols specific to this culture.

    However, this ancient influence is largely restricted to old cultural buildings. The buildings that hold the majority of the bizarre new/old combo are mostly those belonging to recently-made "cultural" sites, like the Dasonue Saisurana. The modern aspect of Ashe'ian architecture largely incorporates glass into the building in a way that is aethetically pleasing, but this is not always necessary. Usually, for important buildings, marble is used in addition to the basic reinforced concrete. Apartments use a combination of concrete, glass, and wood for its overall construction. The following are buildings that use these materials and design somewhat similar to the design found in Ashe'ian apartments.

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    Is there a colour theme at all?
    Buildings representing the Skelocian government (Military-Police and Royal Family) carry the gray-slate blue colors. Buildings are not uniform, so colors may vary elsewhere.

    Is there a lot of nature? (trees, gardens, parks?)
    The Naogamin Saisur is the largest park and has many trees and a large lake (probably man-made). There are smaller parks throughout the city but they have far fewer trees. Elsewhere in the capital, trees are largely scattered, like in many advanced cities.

    Are the streets very busy with people, traffic, open-air markets, peddlers, or is everything inside?
    The streets are very busy with people and peddlers, however not many vehicles exist due to the Iuktre's existence.

    What kind of environment is the city built on?
    Lots of water surround and go through the capital in the form of channels, possibly dug up in ancient times by man.
    #4 Shocklee, Oct 25, 2013
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  5. Name: Sink Hole City

    Rough population: 70,000,000

    What are the slums like: The slums are tunnels in the walls of the sink hole that the city is in. Often placed above and around the drainage tunnels. These tunnels are just rooms or a series of rooms carved out by hand in the solid stone walls of this place.

    Is the city segmented at all: Yes,seeing as how the giant sink hole the city is in is a circle it was easy to cut into ranks. The inner circle which is also the smallest is where the rich and royal families live,houses here can cost up to a billion dollars easily. The middle circle is the second smallest circle where all middle class people live. Houses here have normal prices that range depending on the house. The outer ring is the biggest and it is where all the lower class people live. These are the slums as previously mentioned. This ring is the outer layer of the city that is along the walls of the sink hole. Houses here depend on who is selling them though none cost more than one or two hundred dollars since they are just caves in the stone. Yet they were all carved by hand.

    What famous landmarks exist: The city itself is a famous landmark if that counts. If not then none.

    What is the architecture like: All the buildings are wooden actually. Not what you expected? Well the people do not want to use the surrounding stone incase it weakened the walls and made them collapse so they use the wood from a forest a few miles away. The buildings are also almost all two stories tall with sharp roofs and corners, a sharp contrast to the smooth walls of the sink hole itself.

    Is there a color theme at all: Grays and browns basically,those are actually the colors of the city but that's obvious seeing where the city is.

    Is there a lot of nature: No,mostly everything is stone,not dirt so the only plants are potted ones in and in front of a few buildings for decoration. Most are actually fake.

    Are the streets very busy with people, traffic, open-air markets, peddlers, or is everything inside: There are no cars in the city,there is no way to get them in. Though the streets are indeed constantly busy with people and small shops along the sides of the walk roads. Anyone can open up a stand to sell their wares as long as what they are selling is legal.

    What kind of environment is the city built on: On? I don't think stone counts. In? A humongous sink hole that formed during the apocalypse and is now in the middle of a mountain range.
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  6. The VTOL glided silently over Phylum. At its edge, it might have been mistaken for an island fortress or perhaps a sea wall instead of the sprawling urban center it was. What could have been mistaken for walls and towers were actually a line of towering skyscrapers, habitation blocks, and a smattering of streets adorned with similar structures. Once the outer level had been passed, the scene remained near-uniform: dull housing units, grey office buildings, abandoned industrial sectors, and the spic-and-span corporate offices that were few and far between. MagLev trains zoomed between stations that stood elevated above the street while ground cars lined in rows on streets crowded with advertisements, traffic lights, and congested crosswalks.

    As the uniform landscape passed beneath the VTOL, the city center known as 'Old-London' came into view. Big Ben stood dwarfed by towering offices flashing with ad-boards depicting some product or another. The decrepit London Eye stood as the center piece of the old world private museum, appearing even smaller than Big Ben in the thicket of concrete and glass that stood all around it. In the center of it all stood the Ziggurat, a massive pyramid-like structure that dominated the landscape around it with its slick, ice-like, and black surface dotted with green lights that dimly pulsed on and off. There resided the owner of the most powerful corporation dotting the surface of the Earth: TriCrys Global, even if the 'Global' only applied to the rest of what had once been Britain.

    With a dull whine of its engines, the VTOL began its descent on to one of the several landing pads dotting the Ziggurat. The 'Mask On' light flashed as the flight attendants began passing out rebreathers to all the passengers - one billion people crammed in a city dominating an entire island took its toll. All outside them hung the radiation still remnant from the War and the thick smog and toxic clouds from the industrial wonders of the modern world. Once the rebreathers had been passed out and placed over faces, the doors hissed open and the smells of exhaust, concrete, and ozone all rushed into the now-open space. The crowd of executives was herded out by an armed security detail towards the massive doors that marked one of but several guarded entrances to the Ziggurat. They were not here to do business, but to replace it. The age of TriCrys was over.
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