Illyria is the capital of Izmir. It is a large walled city in central Izmir, on the western coast of Lake Mehmet across from Sivas. Illyria is home to the Castle Izmir, the [[Church of St. Minare of Bahamut]], and Mehmet Port.
Illyria is a city of wide boulevards, high domed buildings, arched porches, and frequent trees and fountains. The buildings are mostly cool, smooth white stone mixed with brightly painted wood (most often bright blues). Traders and locals bustle through the streets alongside patrols of regimented soldiers. At night, lanterns are lit in every doorway, as well as in the city’s small plazas and crossroads.
Illyria is divided into three major districts: the old city, the port, and the new city.
Old Illyria is a planned city built around Castle Izmir, with seven wide boulevards radiating from the castle, lined with trees and banners. The district is walled, with a gate for each boulevard. The Castle is set on a hill overlooking the lake and surrounding plains.
Most of the old city is made up of municipal buildings, guild halls, wealthy estates, and barracks for Illyria’s royal guard.
The port lines the coast of Lake Mehmet throughout the city. Illyria’s port hosts smaller ferries and skiffs, while its sister city Sivas docks large sea-worthy vessels. The port is always active, with countless piers jutting out from land. The streets of the port are lined with merchants on carpets selling food and goods to foreign traders. The docks themselves are full of cargo being loaded and unloaded; and shipwrights, carpenters and sailmakers making repairs.
The new city is grouped around the second-highest hill south of Castle Izmir, crowned by the [[Church of St. Minare of Bahamut]]. It is unplanned, growing over the years in the small valley between the hills. Eventually, a wall was built around the two hills, and between the city and its port.
The new city district has a few major avenues leading to the old city, the temple, and the port. Otherwise, the streets and buildings create a free-flowing maze rising up the heights of St. Minare’s hill. The district is mostly homes and small shops, with a few tree-lined plazas at major thoroughfares. It is an area for lower-class residents and merchants.
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