Abridged History of the 10th Age
Fear crawls down the city streets like worms gnawing into a casket. The hills are filled with tunnels. All the facades cover up a rot as old as the evils that never died. Things from before the world was light lurk here, in Kallatha, and they call themselves men.
-Magreb ga-Drune, a self-proclaimed artist of nightmares, speaking of the city of Kallatha
The city of Kallatha is built in, on, and around four hills. The Wyrm-King Nahkath chose it as the sight of his new glorious capital, and it was built according to his plans at great cost of life. The hills are situated in such a manner that the bulk of the city falls between them, though the fourth hill (known as the Dragon’s Summit) is steeper than all the rest and the other three essentially form a triangle. The Summit lies roughly along the rear arm of the triangle, completing the edge of the city.
The other three hills are known as the Temple Hill, the Foreigner’s Hill, and the Library Mount. Most of the sprawling civic building is located in the valley between these hills and pours out onto the plains between the apex (Foreigner’s) and the framing (Temple & Library) hills. A set of ragged walls enclose the hills and the spaces between them on the sides that face out towards the plain. These walls end where the rear of the city meets the towering back of Blackstone Peak, a mountain of which the city is effectively a foothill.
The city is a grim place, mostly made from the ashy gray and blackish shades of natural rock hewn from the mountain and built in the oppressive old-Solothian style. A few of the larger buildings still have the ancient sign of the Cult of Tashbet, their angry crosses imprinted or sculpted upon the facade of the buildings.
The most prominent building in Kallatha is the Palace Dracone, located on the Dragon’s Summit. It was from here that Nashketh ruled the Solothian Empire, and his successors did the same. It has a wild unfinished look about it due to the fact that Nashketh (in his lifetime) sought to constantly strive for perfection and improvement insofar as modeling his work on ancient Draconian forms of architecture. The palace was never complete, as he constantly uncovered more ancient styles and forms throughout his life and strove to put the most arcane into practice. The palace itself is made of striated black-and-ash colored stone with flecks of red suspended in it. It is rumored that this stone is related to the red stone used by the First Men in their building projects far to the south, but it is more likely that Nashketh was trying to imitate some Draconic mineral.