Out Of The Blue
Stormhold is one of the largest cities on Rin, second only to Siika on the southern coast. However, it’s home to Othagar and Aedrax, the kings of the dwarves and humans respectively. Originally a small dwarven mining town, Stormhold grew in size and influence during the Second Great War, where it was used as a foothold against the invading elves. Afterwards, it was decided to be the center of power of the Third Kingdom, and naturally grew. It’s built onto the slope of the tallest mountain on Rin, called “Othgard” by the dwarves, which means “Wise Father.” The dwarves have an almost spiritual reverence for the mountain, and say it was to there that Moradin called the dwarves from Elleos.
At the base of the mountain are the domains of the various lords, who each own a part of the city as well as of the surrounding land. The “bottom” of the city is the original mining town, and seen as the lower-class part of the city. It’s where the cheaper stores and taverns can be found, as well as cheaper women. The quality of the city increases as one travels further up the mountain, which can be done via the continual flight of steps that stretches the length of the city. At the very end of the stairs is the royal palace, which is of course closed to public access without a summons or a title.
Throughout the city itself, dwarves and humans live together, often marrying and having offspring. Additionally, gnomes have their own small district, and other races are common throughout as well. With all of its buildings built of stone, as well as with the castle at such an elevated position, Stormhold is said to be undefeatable by any army, whether by fire or anything else.