Ways of the Seven
Cities of Ontentzu
The great capital of Ontentzu and the seat of the Emperor, known as the Tranquil City. Annei Kyo is an exquisitely planned city, laid out in a symmetrical rectangular grid according to complex rules geomantic aesthetics.
In the north of the city is the Nine-Fold Palace, occupying a full 1/15th of the total area of the city. The Palace contains the residence of the Emperor and the Chamberlain, as well as the offices of the court and bureaucracy.
From the main gate of the Palace, bisecting the city from north to south, runs the Suzaku-Oji, or Sparrow Promenade. This great thoroughfare is 300 feet wide and lined with weeping cherry trees, and is frequently the setting of grand celebratory parades or ceremonial processions.
Bisecting either half of the city, similarly running north to south, are two great canals. The canals branch off into smaller waterways at the center of the major east-west avenues. These canals serve as the municipal water source, as well as feeding the various water features in the mansions of the noble residents.
In the center of each of the two southernmost quarters of the city is a temple.