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Thyatis (City of)

Location: Southeastern coast of the continent of Brun, at the midway point of Vanya's Girdle on the banks of the Mesonian River in Thyatis. OW

Area: 50 sq. mi. (130 sq. km.).

Population: 624,000.

Languages: Thyatian (Thyatian, Heldann, Kerendan, and Tel Akbiran dialects). Many other languages are spoken within Thyatis City, including Milenian spoken by refugees from Davania, some of whom were settled here.

Coinage: Thyatian Standard: emperor (pp), lucin (gp), justiciar (ep), asterius (sp), denarius (cp).

Taxes: 20% income tax collected quarterly on the aristocracy, nobility, and wealthy; 15% income tax collected quarterly on everyone else (Va. 1, Ya. 1, Fy. 3, and Ei. 1). Thyatians abroad must still pay their taxes. Expensive and magical items are also taxed 25% of their worth. 10% imperial commercia sales tax on all goods except food, clothing, and fixed assets; levied on imports, rebated on exports. Tax on slave owning equal to 50% of the slave's value annually. Property tax levied based on quality of land, roughly 6% of its value annually.

Government Type: Municipality administered by civic officials and elected representatives on behalf of the Emperor of Thyatis, imperial capital of the Thyatian Empire.

Industries: Arts (especially mosaic, sculpture, stonemasonry, theatre), crafts (especially metalworking, glassworks, tanning, cloth-including brocade, cotton, linen, satin, velvet, wool), fishing, finance, magic, military, services (including finance, insurance), scholarship, shipbuilding, silk (including spider silk), textiles, trade.

Important Figures: Bellissarian Strategius (Imperial Marshal and Chief of the General Staff), Constantine Lecapenus (First Sea Lord and Grand Admiral of the Imperial Admiralty), Antonina Alessandrasia (Lady Knight Commander of the Air Guard), Marcian Lactanius (Commander of the Sacred Guard), Andronicus Ducatzes (Commander of the Hetaereia), Tredorian (Prince of Alphatia), Maximius Colophorius (Lord Knight and Grand Master of the Glorious Wings of Vanya), Nikephorus Logotharion (Praefect of Thyatis), Julius Sartorius (High Priest of the Endless Seas of Protius), Regino Helioprobus (Patriarch of Solarios), Helena Daphnotarthius (Priestess of Valerias's House of Passions), Theophylact Cerularius (Chief Priest of Tarastia), Trasaricus Theophilus (High Priest of Asterius), Yalag (ex-Gladiator), Carolus Anthemion (Gladiator), Phaedra Daphnorakenzes (Priestess of Vanya), Theodosius Kantinomeiros (Con Man), Tanobari Nuar (Pearl Islander Consul), Dylan son of Penn (Thratian Consul), Athanasia Romanones (Proctor of the Collegium Arcanum), Philoxenus Scholasticus (Curator of the Great Library), Methodius Armorakius (Dean of the Imperial Academy), Elektra Sharpblade (Gladiator), Hukkt (Gladiator), Stult Bearclaw (Gladiator), Speriopitis Melanikas (Gladiator), Valnor Acidelyrovius (Master of the Shadow Hand). A multitude of other characters of all levels also inhabit the City of Thyatis.

Flora and Fauna: Lycanthropes (especially wererats under the city), wild cats and dogs, giant rats, goblinoids. Pegasi, griffons, rocs, ruby, gold, and white dragons as well as other aerial mounts are used as mounts. Many other unknown varieties of monsters live in the catacombs underneath The City.

Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, DDA1 Arena of Thyatis, DDA2 Legions of Thyatis, previous almanacs.

Note: The scale of the map for Thyatis City (and Sundsvall, although the city is now in ruins) has been semi-officially re-designated. Instead of 1'' = 1,000' use the scale 1'' = 1,000 yards. This works better given the size of the Colosseum as depicted in DDA1 anyhow, as anyone who has tried to fit it into the 1,000' scale will have noticed. In addition, the floor plan of that map should have a scale of 1 square = 15' rather than 1 square = 25'. It will then fit with the map of the upper basement, as it should, and will precisely fit within the area allocated for the Colosseum on the main city map with its scale revised at 1'' = 1,000 yards.

Last Year's Events: None to report.