Mulen is the capital city of Iscobal. Its towers of glass that look out over the western sea are the subject of song and poem.
Mulen rises up from the sea in a moderate series of cliffs like two nested crescents, overlapping as a “W” shape. Buildings and various neighborhoods are perched in and among the cliffs. Streets are sometimes steep, and areas are often linked by sets of stairs.
A Visitor’s Guide to Mulen
The greatest structure amid all the fantastic buildings is the royal palace, Vitri House. Vitri House is perched on another hill at the very top of the city, commanding a king’s view of its surroundings. Around it stretches Merion Green, a fantastic park the size of a small city, tended by more than a hundred gardeners.
Across the middle of the large cliffs that the city is built upon is a large ring of rock colloquially referred to as the Belt. The way this band of earth juts out over some of the lower neighborhoods suggests that the ground the city is built on may not have been entirely naturally constructed.
The Belt creates a natural path sloping upwards from the lower city to the upper, and atop it is the Causeway, one of the city’s main commercial thoroughfares. A variety of goods are sold from stands and wagons, and the more permanent shops are built back into the cliff wall. Follow the causeway down to the left and it enters Merion Green, turning into Elmdeen Way. Nearby, Brookedge Falls cascades from near Vitri House to a tier of parks below, eventually providing much of the water used in Pauper’s Point.
From the docks where the ships berth, you can proceed directly forward and underneath the cliffs to Benker’s Slump and Pauper’s Point, two of a number of slums huddled in the shadow of the cliffs.
To the west of the docks are the shipyards; the barracks, in a fort built back into the rock of the cliff; and a common road leading to the agricultural market and a farmer’s road that winds northward along the coast, around the cliffs, and out of the city.
Follow the merchant’s road upward and you’ll eventually hit the Causeway, which is perched atop the belt — it’s a large common market and one of the city’s central avenues of commerce.
Follow the belt up to the right and it winds back into a series of more exclusive neighborhoods: Upper and Lower Spirehold, from which many of Mulen’s glass towers jut upward, and the even more exclusive Seamere.
Southward (to the right, facing the city) are a number of neighborhoods. Not far from Benker’s Slump is Foil’s Blush, the city’s theater and arts district. Mulen’s Grand Theater stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to art and culture in a world that often ignores both in the name of struggle and survival.
The top of the Causeway empties onto Westview, at the connecting point of the two crescent-shaped cliffs that converge. It’s named aptly, for it offers one of the city’s best (public) views of the surroundings.
Mulen’s beautiful streets and towers also conceal a vast undercity: cemeteries, tombs, sewers, and other passages abound. Beggars, thieves, and escaped slaves are rumored to live there, along with abhumans and stranger things.