The capital of the Kingdom of Cer-Kahrin was founded by both elves and man in the beginning years of Jacmus Prime’s birth.
General Description of Lotuvira
The city is peaceful and prosperous in trade – accepting of all goodly races. To those who are without religion Lotuvira can be a mysterious, and an often uncomfortable place. There are many who seek to convert others to their respective gods, though they will seldom go to extreme means to convince others to worship their deity.
The city is seven miles long and five miles wide, surrounded in a towering stone wall – each rectangular rock chiseled and shaped to near perfection, fitting into a wide, tall expanse that surrounds the city on three sides – the ocean serving as a natural defense on the fourth and a cornerstone of its trade industry.
Population at last census
The local government of Lotuvira has in the past been selected through democratic election.
A number of years have passed since the last election. While Mayor Berendir is still a popular choice by local businesses and dwarven clans, rumour of his final term in office abounds.
- Berendir, Son of Deren
Place within Kingdom
A city as large as Lotuvira is bound to have a number of favorite places to visit.
Lotuvira boasts a large number of taverns and inns. The locals are known to rent out rooms as quasi bed and breakfast establishments during festival seasons, when the taverns and inns become over booked. Of particular recommendation are:
- The Oak and Axe – serves homemade ales, pies and frothy brews.
- The Bride and Minotaur – especially recommended for its privacy and large rooms.
- Drewry Lane – Popular with visitors for its stables and local knowledge
- The Thatched Inn – For the budget conscious, close to the famous Lotuvira central markets.
As the Kingdom’s capital, Lotuvira has three popular trade markets serving its large population:
- Fish Markets – located between, and spilling into the fishing and merchant wharfs. The Fish markets are open from dawn until noon, six days a week.
- Palace Markets – located in Royal Square, just outside the main Palace gates, the Palace markets are ideal for purchasing exotic perfumes, candles, wads of material, spices, expensive jewelry, weapons, tapestries and ostentatious homewares. The Palace markets are open Friday through to Sunday from 8 in the morning through to 4 in the afternoon. Fireworks are frequently displayed to entice buyers.
- Farmers’ Markets – located in Town Square outside the Town Hall. The Farmers’ markets attract farmers from the southern parts of Finaru and even from the lower parts of IteoR Kingdom. The Farmers markets are held every first and third Wednesday of the month. Aside from livestock and produce cultivated on land, the Farmers’ markets frequently provide a wide range of stalls that sell leather goods, seeds, woven items, and are well known for their unusual entertainments.
Tourist guides for Lotuvira recommend visiting:
- Royal Palace – what Kingdom is without a grand palace. Recently renovated, the Palace heralds beautifully decorated tapestries, paintings, vases and other works of fine art. The ruling family is well known to accept chaperoned and paid tours of it’s buildings and grounds which boast Lotuvira’s longest and most mysterious of outdoor mazes. Less well known are the tunnels that lead from the fisherman’s wharf into the Palace kitchens, the labyrinth of halls and walkways, secret passages and grand ballroom.
- Basiliks’ Alley – is a shoppers dream. Small shingled shops squeezed side by side down this curving cobbled path provide the everyday shopper with much needed wares. The small incline of the alley from East to West is less likely to take a tourist’s breath away as are the prices. Locals usually procure goods at a heavily discounted rate.
- Fisherman’s Wharf – is just one of the three wharves located on the seaside of Lotuvira. As it’s name implies, the wharf contains a number of commercial seafaring vessels, crab pots, frequently mended nets and the Fisherman’s markets during the morning hours. Trawlers cram against the salty and fishy-smelling pylons.
- Town Hall – perhaps one of the more busier places of business. Town Hall collects the local taxes in Lotuvira, providing over half of the collection to the Palace coiffures. It is the central hub where all local businessmen and farmers gather to discuss items of importance or to obtain titles, deeds and permits for a relatively generous fee. A small public library, art gallery and civic theatre provide regular entertainment to enhance the city’s culture.
- Temples – are not in short supply. Especially in trade precincts of Lotuvira, temples frequently outshine other structures subtly beckoning wouldbe parishioners to their hallowed halls to fatten their personal coffers.