Ceryl, the City of Wizards

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Ceryl, the City of Wizards

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Ruler: Duke Mayhew Dergeral, Earl of Oxmeath and Lord Mayor of Ceryl

Population: 340,000 human (mostly Thurian, with a large number of Caspian and Midlunder); 5,000 gobber; 1,000 trollkin; small Iosan community

Military Presence: Ceryl itself is lightly garrisoned but can call upon the Fourth Army soldiers stationed at Fort Balton when in need. Ceryl is also the home of the Cygnaran Navy’s Northern Fleet and hosts many warships, including the great ironhull the Merciful Boon. The city employs 1,000 watchmen with access to warjacks. Ceryl is also protected by the arcanists of the Fraternal Order and the mercenaries under their employ.

Description: Perched on the far western tip of Cygnar, the great port city of Ceryl is known for its long tradition as a center for the arcane arts. It is a huge city with all the appearances of a mountain built row upon row and street upon busy street upward from the crowded waterfront. Here and there the spires of churches and towers rise above the rust-colored tile roofs of humbler dwellings, and among them are the blocky white stone structures encircled by palisades of dark iron, homes of prosperous merchants and powerful magi. Just along the wharfs, the smoke of the sprawling factories is quickly swept away by strong ocean winds while everywhere whitewashed buildings gleam in the sun whenever the clouds break.

The extensive Cerylian waterfront is every bit as busy as those of Cygnar’s two other great port cities, Caspia and Mercir. Steamjacks labor among the docks conveying endless supplies and crated goods along the thoroughfares and down to the paddlewheel steamships and heavily laden galleons with their broad flapping standards and sails. Vessels of every tonnage, rig, and calling populate the bay that also serves as one of the Cygnaran Navy’s major shipyards. Hence the masts, spars, and stacks of many great warships are seen here at any given time.

Ceryl is known for its innovative cable cars. For three crowns, anyone in Ceryl can purchase a “day ticket” on an Omnibus Rail coach to be taken from practically one end of the city to the other for the entire day. These long cars are fixed upon rails and are moved along by metal cables propelled through a series of steam-driven shafts in various powerhouses throughout the city. Horse-drawn carriages are still plentiful throughout Ceryl, but the masses have quickly taken to “hopping the rail” to move about the city.

Ceryl is also noted as a city of wizards, many of whom wield a disproportionate amount of influence. Ceryl houses the Stronghold, the headquarters for the Fraternal Order of Wizardry, said to be the true masters of the city, and all of the major arcane orders have a presence in the city as well. Ceryl was once home to the legendary Sebastien Kerwin whose writings and teachings were paramount in the understanding and application of magic and who established the Arcanist’s Acadame and the Circle of the Oath, both of which aided in the overthrow of the Orgoth.
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