Official Language: Doiri
Dominant Magic Form: Iconography/Sigils
Carmine City, capital of the Arpaseni region, is the oldest Human settlement in Eastern Verlese. Home to the Doir it has grown from its ancient roots as a small fishing village into a thriving metropolis which sprawls along the northern shore of Carmine Harbour, and westward following the river Sekeem.
The City Wall, built during the period of Thraetian occupation, divides the town in two. The tightly packed inner-city lies to the east with the more spacious west featuring broad tracts of farmland meandering up to the eaves of Daeg Su Forest.
Occasionally called the “Leafy City” Carmine is dotted with parks of all sizes. East of the wall many of these follow the network of canals that flow from the base of the famous red cliffs which border the city to the north.
Where to stay:
Carmine City has many options for accommodation, from youth hostels to upscale townhouses. For the average traveler the Lily Pad offers pleasant views of the Water Gardens and is walking distance from the centre of town. Aran’s Tall House B&B is situated further up the slope overlooking the whole city, and is a short walk from the local tram stop. Both are reasonably priced.
What to do/eat/see:
- Green Street – The centre of the entertainment district, head to Green Street for the most popular bars, restaurants, and theatres. Food carts line the street offering a variety of food and drinks for anyone who doesn’t want to sit in a dining room, while street performers sing, dance, and do their tumbling acts for passersby.
- Parks – Many of Carmine City’s parks also attract food vendors and wandering performances. The largest park in the inner-city, Gangool Park, is located on Paperbark Street between Green Street and the Docklands.
Carmine’s famous Water Gardens run along the dock front closer to the river mouth, and feature a world class array of aquatic plants. The high-arched narrow bridges and lantern-lit walkways are popular with lovers.
Technically a forest remnant the Regal Wood is maintained as a city park. Accessible via the University grounds it covers the high ground north of the city, and tours of its expanse run daily as well as during the evenings in spring/summer.
- The Serpent’s Square – Take the tram west of the wall to find a quieter type of nightlife. Carmine City’s largest public plaza is lined with a variety of good quality eating establishments and tea houses. Sit by the central fountain and enjoy the local fare in the relaxed atmosphere.
- Markets – If you’re staying somewhere with access to a kitchen you may want to visit a market for cooking supplies. Barra Road Market is the largest, with an extensive variety of stalls featuring not only vibrant local produce but a wide range of imported delicacies as well. Dockside Market, situated on the piers just east of the Water Gardens, has the freshest seafood range along with a variety of craft and clothing stalls, perfect for souvenir shopping.
- Festivals – Carmine City celebrates four major festivals throughout the year. If you happen to be in town for one of them, plan accordingly. The population swells and the streets fill with twice as many vendors and performers, along with the revelers, all of which make travel difficult. Getting across town can take all day, although hiring a local can help. Whichever neighbourhood you’re staying in, you wont have to go far to find yourself in the thick of things. Be ready to befriend the locals and enjoy the spectacle.
How to get there:
As a port city Carmine can be reached internationally by boat, or from other Verlesian locations via road. An express train line also runs between Carmine City and Tenibaru twice daily.