U-i-Nstor

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U-i-Nstor is the capital city of the Confederation of Iltegu within the Gloaming.

Background[edit | edit source]

Considered by many to be the heart of the Confederation of Iltegu, U-i-Nstor (pronounced "Yoo-ee-NUH-stohr") is a metropolis that stretches for approximately 300 miles in diameter. It's very spread out in terms of organization and only boasts about a million residents. Huge tracts of land separate the city's different districts, and it's also home to vast parks and large campuses filled with massive buildings. IT can takes days for any of its inhabitants to physically cross the city, and that's assuming most would even want to. Ninth Wolders may view U-i-Nstor rather as a collection of different cities in close proximity than as one very large settlement. However, the unifying force that keeps all its districts together are a single ruling body, law enforcement, and even shared mass transit system.[1]

Travel[edit | edit source]

The upper class citizenry ride within howdahs saddled on top of hurra, massive creatures with legs like tree trunks. Meanwhile, the others can ride on carts pulled by large, quadrupedal insects called zephil. A common form of transportation for other citizens is by hot air balloons, especially when trying to cross vast parks or gardens. The most unique form of travel, however, is by microscopic creatures known as the niul. They serve as a living mass transit, teleportation system, which exist in swarms and consume the molecules of a person and then spit back out as they were originally by some distant colony in another location. This entire process takes about 15 minutes and, so long as the traveler knows where they want to go, nothing should go wrong. In total, over 75 colonies are believed to exist throughout the city.[2]

Districts[edit | edit source]

Despite its otherwise cosmopolitan nature, the hundreds of districts that comprise U-I-Nstor are mainly based on a different kind of species and most residents stick the locales other their respective race. It is of note, however, that a more centralized few serve as mixtures of many disparate lifeforms, including those whose only practical role would seem to be representing their species existence while living so far away from the latter. Many others tend to be the descendants of travelers that first arrived in the city from distant lands, most likely never to see another member of their kind again.

Each district within U-I-Nstor tends to be compact and is usually surrounded by some significant amount of open space. They tend to have populations ranging from 5,000-10,000 residents.[3]

Gardens of Garet Nuel[edit | edit source]

A vast locale of beautiful flora that extends about 50 miles from one end to the other. They're tended to carefully despite being sparsely populated. Consequently, they are known for their well-manicured lawns and carefully trimmed hedgerows.[4]

Lake Geye[edit | edit source]

The central most district of U-I-Nstor, Lake Geye is almost 70 miles in length. Buildings dot its watery surface just as they surround it and residents are known for crossing around via glass gondolas. At its core lies a bizarre known as the floating market, where merchants sell wares from aboard their barges and rafts. Many things from many different peoples, such as food, clothing, art, among all other goods, are ready for sale. It is considered by many to be the largest and most diverse market in all of the city itself. It's also worth mentioning that supposedly a hidden back lies beneath the water, facilitating the transactions of the market and safeguarding the money of many of its vendors.[5]

The Council[edit | edit source]

A group of 10 individuals each chosen from a different species (meaning that not every species is represented at a time) as well as from the ruling class, preside over U-i-Nstor. They meet within a tall tower made from stone and stained glass. Surrounding said structure is a full campus of of buildings that serves as offices to hundreds of council aides and administrators. The campus also contains a storehouse filled with a variety of significant records, alongside many dwellings for the yfesitrani.

The council is known for commanding thousands of guardians so as to maintain peace across the city, with each district holding its own garrison of constables and soldiers. Despite this militarized presence however, there isn't any real concept of defending U-i-Nstor from any outside threats, as none have really offered any. Rather, these guardians spend their time enforcing laws and ensuring overall order.[6]

The Gateway[edit | edit source]

The so-called gateway is a unique device located on a single metal platform. It has the ability to open a portal to either Perelande or the Earth's Moon. The platform itself is located in a remote sector of a city district mainly inhabited by raddich, an intelligent species of quadrupedal, reptilian creatures with tentacle limbs, red flesh, and yellow eyes.[7]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

It's been said that some of have domesticated niul colonies in distant lands of the Gloaming. Is this is true, travel across the latter would be easily facilitated.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 124. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  2. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 124. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  3. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 125. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  4. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 124. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  5. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 125. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  6. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 125-126. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  7. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 126. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7
  8. Cook, Monte, et al. "The Gloaming.” Into the Night, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 124. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-40-7