When a visitor overhears locals speaking of “Glantri”, one should not assume they are referring to the entire realm; they might just as likely be talking about the capital. Glantri City remains the center of practically all activity in the realm; well, all important activity, anyway. The capital, outside the province of any one prince, falls under the rule of the entire Council of Princes.
Originally called Braejr, the city was built upon the confluence of two rivers, the Isoile and the Vesubia. The Flaemish settlers designed their capital to use canals as its major thoroughfares. Before the Wrath of the Immortals, a typical city scene might show gondoliers poling down canals that glittered in the sunlight. In those days, laughing passersby would shout greetings to friends busily haggling with vendors on the water’s edge.
Since the war, visitors find Glantri City much different; people on the street hurry about their business, frequently looking over their shoulders. Gondoliers silently guide their crafts along the canals, which, strangely, seem murkier than in days past. Buildings on the outskirts of the city, recently built, lower class residential structures, stand on the dry riverbanks away from the canals.
Though it differs from the principalities in many respects; Glantri City remains the most uniquely “Glantrian” place in the realm. In this homogeneous urban area, birthplace and race matter little. What gets a person noticed around here; magical power? Wizards of great ability are not only politically powerful, but socially popular as well. They constantly try to out-cast their city neighbors by displaying greater pretense and more needless trappings.
Most princes actually spend the majority of their time in Glantri City rather than in their personal towers. Each has a lavishly appointed home and office in the capital, they are the leaders of Glantrian society, after all. Other city dwellers struggle for their attention and imitate their actions.
The entire capital breaks down into distinct sections, each with its own dominant purpose. However, these districts all share a few common traits. They comprise mostly two and three story dark stone buildings. Visitors often remark on the skilled craftsmanship and the ornate detail evident in this stonework; even in the crumbling facades in the poor areas. As the city has grown to its current population of 40,000 it also has expanded beyond its protective walls. These “outside” areas, almost purely residential, do not appear in the discussion of city districts that follows
Glantri City is ruled directly by the Council of Princes, in particular, the Supreme Judge of the Council, Prince Jherek Virayana. This charge carries with it the right to enforce law and order throughout the capital (and other parts of the realm). Aiding the Supreme Judge are the Constabulary and Canal Master.
While many professional and underground groups operate all over Glantri, most base their activities in the capital. The known and not so well known groups are as follows: