Shallam was the City of Light, also known as the Jewel of the East because of the sparkling crystal and golden domes crowning many of the buildings there. It was home to the Templars, the Empyreal Assembly, the Dawnstriders, the Crystalline Circle, and the Sentaari.
Shallam's government was presided over by the Citadel of Light, from which all of its officials came. Shallam's ruling council was comprised of five Viziers, selected by the Citadel and voted in by general election. Out of the five Viziers, one was voted by the Citadel and approved by the Te'Serran Alliance to lead the city as Caliph.
By 612 AF, the Te'Serra were dead or gone from the city, the light of the Citadel darkened by the shadow of Bal'met. Shallam was destroyed by the forces of the rogue god in Phaestian of 612, the city sinking into the depths of the Lemnian Sea.
Law and Policies
The gods of the Te'Serran Alliance (Mithraea, Pentharian, Lorielan, and Miramar) had the power to dismiss any Vizier, candidate for Vizier, or other public official. They also had the power to void any laws of which They disapprove, and to enact new laws and policies by divine decree. Where the Te'Serra did not see fit to intervene, the government of Shallam operated in the traditional republican fashion according to the Shallamese Constitution.
Government and Political History
- ??? AF - Lady Gaia became the first Patron of Shallam.
- ??? AF - Lady Aurora replaced Lady Gaia.
- 244 AF - Lady Miramar replaced Lady Aurora.
- ??? AF - Lord Pentharian replaced Lady Miramar.
- 367 AF - Lady Mithraea replaced Lord Pentharian
- 378 AF - Lady Tarah replaced Lady Mithraea.
- ??? AF - Lady Miramar replaced Lady Tarah.
- ??? AF - Lord Pentharian replaced Lady Miramar.
- ??? AF - Lady Mithraea replaced Lord Pentharian
- ??? AF - Lord Pentharian replaced Lady Mithraea.
- ??? AF - Lady Lorielan replaced Lord Pentharian.
- ??? AF - Lord Pentharian replaced Lady Lorielan.
- 591 AF - Lady Miramar replaced Lord Pentharian
City Leaders - Sultans and Caliphs
- 172 AF - First Sultan: Isildur.
- 229 AF - Mical replaced Isildur as Sultan.
- 238 AF - Maran replaced Mical as Sultan.
- 261 AF - Cyre replaced Maran as Sultan, Maran ascends to become Lord Pentharian.
- ??? AF - Kyasha replaced Cyre as Sultan.
- 271 AF - Dresden replaced Kyasha as Sultan.
- 289 AF - Ryvern replaced Dresden as Sultan.
- 293 AF - Grimsblade replaced Ryvern as Sultan.
- 313 AF - Bulvai replaced Grimsblade as Sultan.
- 315 AF - Solar replaced Bulvai as Sultan.
- 317 AF - Brinn replaced Solar as Sultan.
- ??? AF - Solar replaced Brinn as Sultan.
- 325 AF - Greywolf replaced Solar as Sultan.
- 340 AF - Linus replaced Greywolf as Sultan.
- 341 AF - Addrynnyn replaced Linus as Sultan.
- 354 AF - Rarch replaced Addrynnyn as Sultan.
- 371 AF - Carmell replaced Rarch as Sultan.
- 379 AF - Latus replaced Carmell as Sultan.
- 385 AF - Solar replaced Latus as Sultan.
- 391 AF - Lari replaced Solar as Sultan.
- 400 AF - Emergo replaced Lari as Sultan.
- 400 AF - Lari replaced Emergo as Sultan.
- 400 AF - Emergo replaced Lari as Sultan.
- 421 AF - Hieyoko replaced Emergo as Sultan.
- 423 AF - Alban replaced Hieyoko as Sultan.
- 430 AF - Alma replaced Alban as Sultan.
- 431 AF - Hieyoko replaced Alma as Sultan.
- 455 AF - Silas replaced Hieyoko as Sultan.
- 469 AF - Laorir replaced Silas as Sultan.
- 475 AF - Deeva replaced Laorir as Sultan.
- 487 AF - Silas replaced Deeva as Sultan.
- 502 AF - First Caliph: Silas.
- 506 AF - Quoren replaced Silas as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 519 AF - Mirane replaced Quoren as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 528 AF - Jovaras replaced Mirane as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 542 AF - Kailo replaced Jovaras as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 551 AF - Lukis replaced Kailo as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 576 AF - Bahtell replaced Lukis as Caliph, as chosen by the Te'Serra.
- 601 AF - Halos replaced Bahtell as Caliph, as elected by the Citadel.
- The Shallam Bridge which linked the city to its allied town of Jaru for many centuries.
- An overgrown garden off of Rampart Row in the southeast portion of the city; it bore a shattered altar; the crystal decanter of Deucalion, which was used to ward off the red fog years ago; and a statue in remembrance of Martei.
- The Maran La'Saen Arena on the southwest side, which offered combat practice.
- The Shallamese University, complete with a library, chess table, and pleasant meditation pond.
- The Shallamese Museum along Kashshi Way, which displayed a variety of historical and creative artefacts.
- Paradise Park on Nineveh Street where Simbata, an old elephant wandered, and Ishtar Park along Arbela Boulevard.
- Azzul Square, named after General Azzul. A statue of this military leader who guarded Shallam during the Plains Wars stood at the centre of the square.
- The Citadel of Light, a tall emerald spire formed of the combined energies of the Chrysalis Basilica, the Shallamese Royal Palace, and the Cyrenian Lumeni Chapel. The seat of Shallamese governance, it was the bastion of the faithful.
Shallam has a variety of colourful and friendly residents. The city was not without its poverty; emaciated orphans roamed the streets, as well as a beggar. Other individuals visitors may have encountered included the following:
- Jamian, a young dwarf, who minded the bait shop on Fish Street.
- Averroes, the Prophet, who resided in his home along Chalsis Crescent.
- Caliphan, the Scribe Master, who ran the post office.
- Oghma, the museum curator.
- the lovers Camilla Prietta and Rudolpho Montagenet, who lingered in Ishtar Park.
- the weaver Winnefred Wisteria, who set up a stall in the Medina.
- the Royal Shallamese Guard headed by Captain Pericles, who could generally be found near the north gates. Dawnstriders, Paladins and Monks of the Guard, Priestesses of the Basilica, and guardian djinns were stationed at various posts throughout the city, while Corporal Cazin manned the catapult on the western ramparts.
- Mahmoud and his daughter Coscela, were are in charge of the city's stables.
- Deneen, the aristocrat, who lived in Shallam for countless years.
- Tumaini, a quiet young troll who worked in the new Shallamese bakery.
- Earda, Te'Serran Sage who watched over the teaching of orphans within the Citadel of Light.
- DeBurr, the legendary near-sighted jeweller of Shallam.
- Nirah and Diella who worked in the Sahart's restaurant.
The facilities of Shallam were interspersed throughout the city, from Arbela Square to the Old Medina. Most of these services could be used by citizens and visitors alike.
- The Solarium of Thought - Newsroom located inside the Silverdrop Inn
- Royal Shallamese Post Office - ran by Caliphan.
- The Imperial Shallamese Bank - Bank, it was located across the street from the post office.
- Inside a blacksmith's workshop - Forge, it could be found on Viziers Street.
- The stable courtyard - Stables (could be used by Shallamese only) and mount food, ran by Mahmoud, the Stablemaster and his daughter Coscela from Azzul Square.
- Locksmith of Shallam - Locksmith, ran by Barkash and his apprentice, Bostick in the Medina.
Shopping was an adventure in Shallam, whose merchants offered a diverse array of options. The legendary jeweller DeBurr ran her shop at the southwest corner of Shallam. Kaela, the sculptor, offers a variety of granite statues for sale from her small studio. There are also two main shopping districts: one along Zanzibaar and Fish Street, and one in the Medina in the heart of the city.
- Zanzibaar Street was home to several of Rurin's shops, and to the east and west sides of Zanzibaar, assorted adventurer owned shops display a multitude of wares. Rhydasia, the flower merchant, can be found taking great joy in her work as she tends to her vibrant flower shop off the street as well. A few more shops line the western end of Fish Street just to the south.
- The old quarter, referred to as the Medina, was home to another very large group of shops. Crazy Hakhim, the ratman of Shallam, occupied the centre of the medina and provided shoppers with quick gold in exchange for a few rats. A commodity shop and many adventurer-run shops stock goods to turn any shopper's eye. The locksmith Barkash and Bostick, his apprentice, plied their trade in the Medina as well.
Dining and Recreation
Shallam offered a variety of food choices. Many types of food could be found in the assorted shops throughout the city, although some argued that the best food in all of Sapience was found at Sahart's. The Silverdrop Inn, a popular gathering spot, offered drinks and entertainment.
Until its destruction in a Mhaldorian raid, Reinhold's Pastries along Viziers Street was also an excellent choice for sweeter fare. Reinhold, the pastry chef, offered a fine selection and was assisted by Vanna, a Tsol'aa baker whose speciality was decorating cakes. Both Reinhold and Vanna are now deceased.
Tumaini worked in the newly rebuilt Shallamese bakery, where local flatbread and rolls could be purchased.
- Doughty Sahart, of the third generation of humankind, founded Shallam upon the Peshwar Delta. Sahart's Restaurant on Zaphar Promenade was named for him.
- The redoubtable General Azzul, who guarded the people during the distant, dark days of the Plains Wars. Azzul Square was named in his honour.
- General Garrindel, a former mercenary whose victories kicked off nearly a millennium of dominance against Ashtan.
- The crafty Emperor Sulaiman, a strategic genius who warded off naval attack during the Ashtan-Shallam Wars. Sulaiman Avenue in central Shallam was named for him.
- General Darius, called the Warmaster, a nephew of the Shallamese emperor who defeated and occupied Ashtan during the Ashtan-Shallam Wars. Darius Avenue in southern Shallam was named for him.
- Hypathia of Shallam was the scholar that Nikolas studied under during his self-imposed exile, the Time of Wandering. It was from Hypathia that he formed his famed stances on justice and injustice that would sway many to his cause in the founding of Seleucar.
- The noble King Dalles VI ruled Shallam during the Wars of Succession, resisting Castomira Brangwin's influence, and lending his aid to the future Queen of Seleucar.
- Sultan Caro-Kann, a wise man best known for his invention of the game of King's Chess.
- General Argan deSoral, who commanded a naval attack on Castomiran-held Seleucar during the second War of Succession, braving the reefs of Ralshev's Bay outside the imperial capital.
- Prince Evander Christin, the husband of Catarin deSangre, with whom she continued the Imperial line.
- Averroes, the famed prophet and teacher of Shallam, whose unerring predictions were often a boon in troubled times.
- Maran La'Saen, a renowned Sultan and Guildmaster who gave his life for his people and was rewarded with Godhood.