Darujhistan was the largest, most influential and last of the Free Cities on Genabackis. It had been called the "City of Cities" and was located on the southern shore of Lake Azur, in the centre of the continent.
It was a city built on a rumour that in the Gadrobi Hills to the south there was a great power. Extensive excavations revealed nothing but underground caverns of gas. From around 260 BS onwards, the gas was channelled to provide light for the city. It was the only known city to use natural gas in this way, and because of the distinct blue flame produced by burning natural gas, Darujhistan was also called "The City of Blue Fire".
Law and orderEdit
Darujhistan had a City Watch whose members would patrol the shadowy streets bearing globed lanterns.
A wharf sprawled along the shore of Lake Azur. From there, inland from Gadrobi district's harbor the land rose in four tiers climbing eastward. Ramped cobblestone streets, worn to a polished mosaic, marked Gadrobi district's Trade Streets, five in all, which were the only routes through Marsh district and the next tier, Lakefront district. Beyond Lakefront's crooked aisles twelve wooden gates opened into Daru district, and from Daru another twelve gates — these ones manned by the City Watch and barred by iron portcullis — connected the lower and upper cities.
On the fourth and highest tier brooded the estates of Darujhistan nobility as well as its publicly known sorcerers. At the intersection of Old King's Walk and View Street rose a flat-topped hill on which sat Majesty Hall, where each day the Council gathered. A narrow park encircled the hill, with sandstrewn pathways winding among centuries-old acacias. At the park's entrance, near High Gallows Hill, stood a massive rough-hewn gate, the last-surviving remnant of the castle that had once commanded Majesty Hill.
The rooftops of Darujhistan consisted of a crowded array of flat tops, arched gables, coned towers, belfries and platforms, preventing sunlight from reaching most of it's streets. The city had over twenty-thousand narrow alleys, barely wide enough for a two-wheeled cart, and an unknown number of major avenues and wider thoroughfares.
The gas supplyEdit
Almost all but the major streets of the city had no direct sunlight. Some of those streets and alleys were lit by gas torches which were hollowed shafts that gripped a pumice stone with fingers of black iron. The gas for those torches was drawn from the underground caverns and controlled by massive valves, then fed through ancient pitted copper pipes. Only major avenues and thoroughfares were lit by gas, over twenty-thousand narrow alleys remained unsupplied. Gas was also used by the wealthy, like House D'Arle for example, to illuminate parts of their property.
Occasionally fires would brake out and flames might reach hundreds of feet into the sky.
Notable Inhabitants Edit
- Baruk: High alchemist and member of the T'orrud Cabal
- Coll: Onetime city councillor and aristocrat, also a drunk and a regular at the Phoenix Inn.
- Crokus: A young thief and nephew to Mammot.
- Kruppe: A fence, a regular at the Phoenix Inn and a man of surprising depths.
- Mammot: A mage, historian of Darujhistan, uncle to Crokus, member of the T'orrud Cabal.
- Murillio: A courtier and regular at the Phoenix Inn.
- Rallick Nom: An assasin and a regular at the Phoenix Inn.
- Vorcan: High Mage, Master of Assasins and member of the T'orrud Cabal.
After the Siege of Pale, the Malazan Empire shifted its focus of attention to Darujhistan. The city provided the location for the majority of events from chapter five onwards.
Whilst the secret rulers of Darujhistan, the mages of the Torrud Cabal, were negotiating the support of the Lord of Moon's Spawn, Anomander Rake against the expected invasion, an advance contingent of the Malazan Empire had already infiltrated the city. A squad of Bridgeburners under Sergeant Whiskeyjack, was busily mining the major intersections of Darujhistan.
Events came to a head at a fete organized by Lady Simtal where the appearance of the Jaghut Tyrant Raest caused havoc. The fight against him resulted in the appearance on a new Azath House. During the fete, the Malazans made contact with the mistress of the guild, Vorcan, who took on the contract to kill the members of the Torrud Cabal. She killed three of them but was wounded and took refuge in the newly arisen Azath House.
The Malazans decided against detonating the intersections once they realized that due to the presence of the gas supply in those locations, doing so would set the entire city ablaze.
Amongst those who played a large part throughout the events, were regular patrons of the Phoenix Inn in Darujhistan.
Icarium built the Wheel of Ages in Darujhistan.
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.156
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.710
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.178
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.177
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.177/178
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.179
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xvi