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Cardegoss was the capital of Chalion. It was located roughly in the centre of the Ibran Peninsula, at the junction of two rivers. It was built atop cliff walls of more than 300 feet.

Alcazar Zangre

Alcazar, model for Zangre

The city was dominated by the Zangre, a great natural fortress, separated from the rest of the city by a natural cleft in the plateau 'more daunting than any moat'. Huge boulders, expertly fitted together, form the lower course of the castle walls, while fine Roknari decorative work is found in the middle. Above all lies  'yet more crisp-cut stone, towering higher and higher as if men competed with the gods who had thrown up the great rock the whole edifice stood upon.' The Zangre had never fallen in battle.

The buildings within the Zangre were made of ochre colored stone, with slate roofs. Buildings included:

  • the main block, where Iselle, Teidez and their entourages were lodged. Also contained the throne room, banquet hall and ballroom.
  • Ias's Tower - a huge rectangular tower, built in the reign of Roya Ias. Orico resided here when the court was resident in the Zangre. Also housed the Chancellery on the second floor.
  • the Tower of Roya Fonsa the (Fairly) Wise. Fell into ruin when used by Fonsa in a death magic ritual to kill the Golden General.
  • outside the walls, a garden and stable area. Orico's menagerie was found here.

Other features of Cardegoss included:

  • City walls that resembled the outline of a ship, with the Zangre at the prow.
  • Seven gates
  • Temple Square (misnamed, as it had five sides, one for each mother-house of the gods' holy orders).
  • Temple of the Holy Family, located in the middle of Temple Square

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