The Lost City of Junia

 

Rise

Junia was the first human civilization in recorded history to grow to prosperity, foster art, and maintain cohesive growth.  Smaller civilizations existed, but were often kept in check by monsters. warfare,  or more mundane dangers such as famine and disease. The Junian calendar is used in most human lands, divided between "P.J. and A.J",  Preceding Junia and After Junia. Year 1 of After Junia marks the completion of the nation's first citadel city for its Titular monarch, Queen Quintabella Junia. As years passed, nobles from Junia would use their wealth and power to found their own settlements. Junian discoveries in medicine, magic, and forgecraft spread far.

Fall

Roughly 400 years after its founding, Junia began a decline, the source of which is still hotly debated among historians. After a loss of clout led to other nations gradually eating up its borders, the core of the nation, the City of Junia, imploded rapidly, ending in the suicide of its final monarch in 670 A.J. 

At first, many were eager to claim the lands, the most notable of which was the wealthy architect Fiernzo Holland, who embarked on a lifetime quest to 'enhance' Junia by building it taller and wider.  The owner of a keep centered atop a lavish diamond mine, his family wealth was untold by the time he came to rule the keep.  In his later years, it was rumored he'd developed a mania, adding alleys and towers to the city that had no functional purpose, or even impeded day to day life.

Eventually the family mine was stripped clean, rendering him unable to pay the countless mercenary bands he'd hired to oversee construction and keep the peace, which resulted in a bloody  and pointless 'civil war' that ended with several warrior-kings holding different districts of the city after his head was on a pike.

These district-states fizzled out rapidly through varied and vague means. Plagues, natural disasters, freak magical incidents, and pyrrhic explosions of warfare have been recorded as partially responsible.

Today

Now, Junia stands as an anomaly, an unexplored blotch in the center of one of the most civilized continents in the known world.  A veritable maze, there are portions of the city where it is impossible to see the sky past slanted towers, unexplainable bridges that lead to stone walls, and 'ceilings' that have been used to connect massive, doorless structures.

Through the years, exploration parties of varied intent have been dispatched only to return in tatters, mad, or not at all.  There's one thing historians can agree upon; the land is not wholly uninhabited. By whom or what exactly remains to be seen.

 

The Lost City of Junia

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