Siege of Oppara
Oppara, Taldor’s shining capital atop the Black Cliffs of the Mighty Porthmos, is an ancient and thriving city. Its majestic villas and glittering towers stand watch over a sprawling settlement once plated in gold. At Oppara’s height, it earned the nickname the Gilded City because of the many roofs, spires, and domes that glittered with austere gold plating in the high afternoon sun. The metal was long ago stripped away to pay for the empire’s blunders, but it left behind a bustling, beautiful city beneath. Though the rest of Taldor fades into ruin, Oppara is the example of what
the empire once was and what it could be again.
Oppara at a Glance
Most of Oppara’s buildings are made of stone. Whether it’s the marbled halls of the Senate, the brick row houses in Canal Row, or the granite facades in Seven Towers, the capital of Taldor is a solid example of what extravagance and 6,000 years of history can do to a city’s design. The massive Grand Bridge of the Empire emerges from the heart of Oppara to punch across the sky over the River Porthmos, connecting Oppara with the river’s distant southern shore. Its two harbors are always crammed with ships and the Mighty Porthmos is so filled with river traffic that it’s sometimes difficult to spot patches of water between the towering sailing ships and the flat-bottom trading vessels from upriver. Every street in Oppara is paved in either grandiose mosaic tile (in the districts surrounding the Imperial Palace) or well-laid cobblestones. The streets are lined with stone gutters that quickly siphon off the frequent summer rains into Oppara’s expansive sewer system, and public fountains dot many of the larger crossroads and squares throughout the capital. At night, the city is lit by tens of thousands of lanterns, a task that keeps the enormous Lighters’ Guild always on the lookout for new employees.