Meru Ladu - The Green Lands
The town curls around a natural harbor that shelters numerous ships, from proud sailing vessels to small rickety fishing sloops. Buildings have been crammed onto the rocky promontory with such congestion that they almost seem afraid of the gray, featureless lands beyond-rotting hills of brown and black and gray stones and vast muddy tidal flats pocked with collapsed structures and stunted trees. The town itself is a montage of different architectural styles, designs, and cultures. Black towers rise ominously along the walls and cliffs surrounding the town, while intimidating golden domed temples and pagodas cast shadows upon huge wood and stone manor houses that reach cathedral height. Interspersed with these are endless rows of hovels made from bits of timber, barrels, sides of boats, and rubbish. The shanties spread at the feet of the town, like flotsam washed up at the seashore.
For many years two structures have dominated Alhaster’s skyline. In the center of town rises the ominous Cathedral of Emta , while on the highest cliffside stands Zeech’s Palace. A mongrel display of different styles and tastes, the palace is surrounded by gardens and perches precariously upon the cliffside.Today, the palace is dwarfed by anew construction. A massive ziggurat of red stone nears completion in the southwest section of town, where numerous villas and buildings have been razed to make room for its prodigious construction.
And above the town circle crows thousands upon thousands of them-like black storm clouds.