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Seefluss

Summary

History

The Heiligenberg is the palace-mountain from which the capital of Seefluss takes its name. As with many palaces, it dates back to Oiran times, though unlike the others, it is the only one to have clearly been a principally military construction. Its strategic position in the opening to the main pass across the Wachtgebirge, and the fact that it seems to be designed to withstand very long sieges while containing around fifty thousand people, seems to indicate that it was designed as a military fortress. It is the youngest of all the Oiran palaces that survive, dating to just before the Fall, which probably means it was a new design, that if successful would have meant the construction of a line of such fortresses along the Wachtgebirge. The name, Heiligenberg (Holy Mountain), comes from when Adalhard climbed to the summit of the mountain and fasted for thirty-three days before having the Dreiheim Revelation (That he should found a city at what is now Dreiheim). When the Konigtum was founded, and raids across the Wachtgebirge by peoples from what is now the Kingdom of the Plains were still frequent, the Heiligenberg was given to the Hertow of Seefluss as a base and defensive position. When Seefluss became independent, the mountain and the city that had grown up around it became the capital, which it has remained ever since.

Layout

The mountain has a single, large gate, which is flanked by two massive statues of rearing polar bears in alcoves. The doors themselves are thick, and made of metal, and swing outwards to open. There is a single, small keyhole on the outside, which has never been successfully picked, and is the only way to open the doors from the outside without destroying them. The key is traditionally kept by the head of the palace guards. Generally these doors are always open anyway, except during sieges, as it is too much trouble to be opening them and closing them all the time. There are several more, smaller doors inside the palace, the first of which is closed every night and reopened in the morning. The inside of the palace is lit by means of a system of shafts and mirrors, supplemented by torches and fireplaces (In the 1800s N.A. these were replaced first with gas lighting, then with electric). Most of the palace is either dormitory style accommodation or large storage areas, though the higher areas contain a huge meeting room, some apartment style housing (Now occupied by the king), and an old Oiran temple which has been converted to a temple of the Three. These upper sections are highly decorated, with winter scenes and polar bears being the most common recurring themes. The meeting room, a circular area with a large tiered pit with seating at its centre, has its walls lined by twelve standing stone polar bears. Because of these and the bears on the gate, the polar bear is the national animal of Seefluss, and is featured on the royal and national coats of arms. The meeting room (Adelkreis), which seats around three hundred people, served for a long time as the meeting place for the nobility to speak with the king, and agree on laws. It eventually evolved to become the seat of the national parliament, which is unicameral.

Inhabitants

The mountain is very well insulated, but is also kept warm by geothermal heating, provided by a complicated system of stone pipes, which also provide (slightly smelly) hot water to the whole palace. It is kept well stocked at all times, and on several occasions it has housed the population of the city when the city's walls have not sufficed to defend it, or during particularly hard winters or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. It is usually occupied by around a hundred palace guards, the royal family, their servants and members of the parliament, but when the population is inside it can get very crowded, and after the translation in the 1200s of an Oiran book in the Sporton palace library about the palace's water system and its various purposes, a law was passed saying that people living in the palace had to use the hot water to wash at least once a week, and had to clean out their dormitories regularly, among other things. This managed to cut down on a lot of the diseases that had previously run rampant whenever the population was brought inside.

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