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The region of Sembia, loosely inspired by the Forgotten Realms geography/ books and my own imagination. Any comments, critiques or advice is welcomed!

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Adam1011216

The Kozakura District is on the south side of Selgaunt and is home to many government buildings, a giant hospital, the Selgaunt Main Station and the Mercantile Tyrant Tower...

North Kozakura Disctrict...

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South Kozakura with the massive Selgaunt Memorial Hospital...

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The Temple of Mask bordering the Kozakura District, you can also see the Mask's Head Statue and the Selgaunt Central Police Station...

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Selgaunt Supreme Court, the largest courthouse in all of Sembia...

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The Hulorn's Office as well as the Mercantile Tyrant Tower. For 50 years this was the tallest building in Selgaunt until Prince Rivalen moved in and comissioned even larger skyscrapers...

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Kozakura Avenue at the base of the Mercantile Tyrant Tower...

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The Southwall School with the Selgaunt South Gate...

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Selgaunt Main Station and across the street is the Scepter Building which houses the city special police force, the Scepters...

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The Selgaunt Stock Exchange, pretty much the only building in the city where legal business is conducted...

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The Golden Tree Park, not actually a tree but a sculpture covered in 22 karat golden flakes. In a city where mercantile skills rule this "Tree" serves as inspiration to many newcomers...

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Adam1011216

The district of Selgar's Market in Selgaunt is somewhat of a misnomer. It is mostly a residential district of the city but there are two enormous structures from which the district takes it's name. These two structures are the Merchant's Guild Headquarters and the Mercantile Building. This district of the city is separated from the others via a dual avenue network with parks and plazas that serve as district borders. These transportation networks provide both a boundary for the districts of the city as well as a fast means of transportation (right now the average commute is about 35 minutes)...

One of the residential neighborhoods...

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Most of the developments in Selgar's Market are high wealth structures and many residents are merchants and financial advisors for other prminent figures in the city...

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Light traffic on a sunday morning...

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The combined El-Rail and subway systems make getting to where you go very easy throughout the city, having a highway helps too...

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El-Rail passing through a residential neighborhood in Selgar's Market...

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The Mercantile Building, if you want to know the price of anything in Sembia this is the place to go...

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The Merchant's Guild Headquarters with adjacent Guild Metro Station...

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Plazas outside the Merchant's Guild Headquarters...

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Dual avenue network between the Chauncelgaunt Quarter and Selgar's Market...

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Adam1011216

Now we enter through the city gates and get to the good stuff. The Chauncelgaunt Quarter is a mostly residential district of Selgaunt and about half of the district comprises of the two main religious sanctums and the University of Selgaunt.

Inside the city gates on the western portion of the Chauncelgaunt Quarter...

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Another shot along the western wall...

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The infamous Sharran Temple of Selgaunt. This place of worship is where the Hulorn Tamlin Uskevren comes every week to pray. It is also where Prince Rivalen subtley influences the Hulorn's political views. The temple looks great and even has a park and theatre alongside but don't be fooled, many dastardly deeds are plotting within...

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Just to the southeast past the North Sembian Thruway lies the Temple of Mask. Erevis Cale preaches here to all who will listen. The motives of the Temple of Mask are unclear as Erevis Cale tries to help the city through his political influence but that nice school on the temple's grounds isn't what is seems to be... fanatics and assassins are trained there from a very young age. You would never guess by just looking at the outside of the school...

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Just south of the Temple of Mask is South Selgaunt Public High School, and believe it or not this is an actual school with no ulterior motives. Many well-to-do Selgauntans send their children to be schooled here...

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The educational apex of the city, the prestigious University of Selgaunt...

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The Science & Engineering building...

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The College of Art & Architecture...

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The quad where "Frank the Tank" once inspired 2,000+ students to go streaking for charity for the first ever "Streak for Sembia" charity event...

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Sembia Stadium, home of the University of Selgaunt Scepters. The Scepters have a rich football tradition and it's near impossible to find tickets unless you know someone...

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Where the campus meets the city...

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Hope you enjoyed your tour of the Chauncelgaunt district!!!

Adam1011216

Selgar Park is named after the city founder and is situated in the northwest area of Selgaunt. There are campgrounds, scenic viewpoints and numerous wildlife found within this park.

An overall view of the park...

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Some residents getting ready to head of on the trails by horseback...

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Watch out for the bears in the forest near the trail...

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If you look closely there are some wayward campers straying off the path and what's in the trees...  A BEAR!!!

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One of the campgrounds within the park, with a ranger station just north of the campsites...

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The end of the road, the highest lookout tower within the park, as well as a scenic picnic area...

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Adam1011216

Selgaunt is a large city that is broekn into 13 different districts...

1- The Outskirts

2- Selgar Park

3- Chauncelgaunt Quarter

4- Selgar's Market

5- Kozakura District

6- Shipwright Lanes

7- Dragon's Quay

8- Copper Alleys

9- Raven Gardens

10- Hulorn's Ward

11- Harbour Wards (Inner + Outer)

12- Arkhen Quay

13- Arkhen North

The Outskirts: The Outskirts are the areas surrounding the city walls in Selgaunt. Selgaunt's outskirts stretch from as far west as the border with Saerloon, as far north as Selgar Park as well as the whole southern coastline. Within the Outskirts are many residential neighborhoods, farms and the Selgaunt International Airport...

First up is an image of the Western Outskirts which border Saerloon...

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The Southern Outskirts along the Sea of Fallen Stars, to the north of the city wall you can see a little bit of the Selgaunt University campus...

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Outskirts farther east along the southern coastline...

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The North Sembian Thruway as seen from the Outskirts...

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The main gates of the city...

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Next update will be of Selgar Park, thanks for looking and please comment and rate!!!

Adam1011216

A little history...

Selgaunt is the wealthiest, most populous and at times most dangerous and corrupt city in Sembia. Selgaunt sits at the mouth of the River Arkhen where it flows into the Sea of Fallen Stars. This was in the past a strategic spot during times of strife and the centuries old city walls still stand to this day. Selgaunt used to be a small town named Chauncelgaunt which was comprised of many farms and villages with the armed forces and naval academy within the city walls. During the Shadow Wars the city became home to numerous farmers immigrating from neighboring farming communities. With the population increasing one merchant named Selgar was elected the first town mayor. As his first order of business he changed the town name from Chauncelgaunt to Selgaunt. Behind Selgar's cuthroat attitude and mercantile prowess the city prospered to become the wealthiest in Sembia. Nowadays Selgaunt is governed by the passive Hulorn Tamlin Uskevren, and is home to numerous corporations (legal and illegal) that play a major role in Selgaunt's development.

Here are some key residents and other things of importance in the city of Selgaunt and future updates...

Portrait of the Hulorn Tamlin Uskevren...

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Erevis Cale: one of the prominent leaders of the city with ties to both the Temple of Mask and Mask Enterprises...

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The symbol of Mask Enterprises...

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Prince Rivalen: Leader of the Shadovar Criminal Organization (SCO) with ties to the Church of Shar. If something is amiss in Selgaunt it can probably be linked back to this guy...

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The symbol of Sharran Church...

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The map of Selguant that I am using for inspiration for the geography of this city...

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The beginnings, plotting out the city walls and terraforming the port...

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Saerloon

Saerloon is a small city along the Sea of Fallen Stars and is a suburb of Selgaunt, Sembia's richest and by far largest city. Saerollon has a nice port/ boardwalk that is protected from the sea by a small natural peninsula as well as a man-made seawall. Most of Saerloon's development is along the coast as the Thunderpeaks dominate the northern half the of the land...

The Western edge of Saerloon which borders Urmlyspyr...

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Central Searloon with the Thunderpeaks to the north...

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The Thunderpeaks in all their glory...

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Eastern edge of Searloon heading towards Selgaunt...

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Saerloon Harbor Lighthouse which lies at the far end of the peninsula...

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The Saerloon Seawall and a small glimpse of the port...

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Upscale housing in Saerloon...

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Residences near bordering Urmlyspyr...

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Peaceful neighborhood in the Northwestern area of Saerloon...

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Saerloon Town Park on the northside of town...

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3 Tier Streets, northern neighborhood at the base of the Thunderpeaks...

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Residential areas nearing downtown...

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The beginning of the North Sembian Thruway towards Selgaunt...

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Saerloon Community College...

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Saerloon Seaport...

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Seaport/ Bowardwalk transition...

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Harbor Piers and boardwalk...

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Boardwalk inner corner...

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Saerloon Bank in downtown...

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Saerloon Suites and Hotel...

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The Marina Restaraunt and Hotel...

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Onwards to Selgaunt...

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View of Saerloon with Daerlun and Urmlyspyr...

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One more region view for the road...

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Up next is Selgaunt, going to try something new with the next few entries, please comment, rate and enjoy!

Adam1011216

The small towns of Daerlun and Urmlyspyr are across the Sea of Fallen Stars from Westgate. Two small towns on the edge of Sembia bordering the sea to the south and the Thunderpeaks to the north. The Lake of Arabel separates the two towns and provides a scenice backdrop to the two towns.

Daerlun from above...

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Daerlun farms near the Lake of Arabel...

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The north end of town along the Lake of Arabel...

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Daerlun's rocky coast line, I wonder why there are no marinas here...

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Residential neighborhoods...

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Lake of Arabel with the Thundepeaks...

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Daerlun town center...

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The Strait of Arabel, across the bridges you can see the town of Urmlyspyr...

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View of Urmlyspyr...

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Town center with the Urmlyspyr Bell Tower...

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The Church of Mask...

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Residences on the shore of Lake Arabel...

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Mask's Shadow Cemetary near the southern coastline...

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Heading East towards Saerloon...

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The Southern portion of Sembia has been completely terraformed and before I continue to the northern (and much more populated) areas I figured I'd give an update with some region views and statistics of the completed towns...

Here's a region shot of Starmantle and East Starmantle with the vast Sea of Fallen Stars...

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Starmantle with Redwater to the west and Westgate to the northwest...

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Starmantle, Redwater and Westgate again, but also with the two "Arm Lakes" and the Western Farms in the view...

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Uninhabited area south of Redwater, the main body is water is the Short Arm Lake and swamp surrounded by the Gulthmere Mountains...

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Short Arm Lake south of Starmantle. Starmantle is to the north with the Gulthmere Mountains blocking the way...

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East Starmantle with the Gulthmere Mounatins, the Isle of Prespur can be seen to the Northeast...

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The end of the Gulthmere Mountains with the Pirate Isles to the Northeast and the eastern edge of Prespur...

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Regional transportation view of Starmantle and East Starmantle...

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Regional transportation view of Starmantle all the way to Westgate...

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Southern Sembia Statistics
City Population Commercial Jobs Industrial Jobs Commute Time Education Quotient Average Income Life Expectancy
East Starmantle 12,677 5,827 2,563 47m 160 $80,000 87
Starmantle 86,049 49,433 27,424 1 hr 6 m 159 $86,000 90
Redwater 15,055 5,108 3,387 48m 143 $54,000 87
Westgate 42,485 14,214 15,409 55m 93 $53,000 91

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Westgate

Westgate is a small city/ large town sitting on a peninsula jutting out into the Sea of Fallen Stars. Lying to the north of Redwater and across the sea from both Daerlun and Urmlyspyr, Westgate is a main trade stop for many Sembians in the region...

Aerial shot of Westgate just north of the town of Redwater...

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Westgate Farms and the Dragoncoast Forest...

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Coastal development north of Redwater...

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The railways are a great source of transportation from Redwater into Westgate...

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But many people still prefer the highway...

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Westgate Golf Club on the outskirts of town...

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Some coastal development heading to the north...

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With the many industrial jobs in Westgate the freight stations are usually very busy, but today it's nice and calm...

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Westgate Power Company and the Westgate Sand and Gravel Company...

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Westgate Rail Seaport on a slow day...

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Westgate Port with the newly constructed seawalls...

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Westgate Public High School and surrounding neighborhoods...

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Westgate Prep, where the elite sims send their children for schooling...

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Marinas along the peninsulas east coast...

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Downtown Westgate with the Gate Towers, Westgate Bank and Dragon Cult Cathedral...

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One of the downtown piers...

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Downtown waterfront businesses...

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Aerial view of downtown with the West Reach to the north...

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Closer view of the West Reach that protects Westgate from the often brutal waves of the sea...

westreach.jpg I hope you enjoyed Westgate, the next stop will be the towns of Daerlun and Urmlyspyr across the sea...

Adam1011216

Redwater

This next entry is the town of Redwater which lies to the west of Starmantle and south of Westgate. It's a relatively small town with lots of coastline. It borders the Sea of Fallen Stars on the Northwest shore, runs along the Short Arm Lake and the Lake of the Long Arm.

Aerial Shot #1...

Short Arm Lake encompasses most of this shot with the Sea of Fallen Stars peaking at you to the Northwest...

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The thin strip of land known as the Lonely Road surrounded by the Short Arm Lake to the north and the Lake of the Long Arm to the south...

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The Lonely Road again with the Gulthmere Mountains making an appearance to the South...

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Lonely Road up close...

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Lonely Road south end...

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High wealth residentials along the Short Arm Lake...

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Lake of the Long Arm shoreline near Starmantle...

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Just to the north the previous shot is the commercial/ industrial areas bordering Starmantle...

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Redwater's main connections to Starmantle and access to the Westgate peninsula...

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Across the bridge to downtown Redwater...

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Downtown Redwater and the Redwater Clock Tower...

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Leaving downtown and to the west and north are highway and rail options for travel to Westgate...

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Northern Redwater with it's border to Westgate...

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East Starmantle

Bordering the city of Starmantle is the town of East Starmantle. This town is mostly low density residential developments with a small downtown and park. The town ends at the mouth of the East River, no development is planned to the east of the river as STEX trolls live in the nearby forest and mountains...

Aerial shot of East Starmantle...

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The mountains and forest where the trolls are lurking...

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Residences bordering Starmantle...

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Utilities that keep East Starmantle clean and powered...

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Residentials near the utilities...

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Residential neighborhoods in the central area of East Starmantle...

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Quaint little downtown...

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City Hall and downtown up close...

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Downtown Park...

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The mouth of the East River...

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Starmantle City Courthouse: Where all the TPers and vandals get their due...

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Southern Downtown with Snake Street and Snake Street Canal to the right...

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Upper East Side Residentials...

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Starmantle Tower and the 5-Point Reservoirs...

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Starmantle WTC and the north side commercial boardwalk and marina...

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One Starr Center next to the WTC...

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North Central Residentials...

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Mags Magazine Tower...

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The Lookout Tower along the northeast coastline...

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Downtown view with Snake Street Canal and retainers...

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Another view of downtown Starmantle...

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SeaBed Hotel and City Fire Station...

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Coastal View of Downtown and Western Boardwalk...

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Another coastal view with Starmantle University in the back...

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Aerial Coastal view of the skyline...

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The final resting place...

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Resting Place Avenue...

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Starmantle Regional Hospital...

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South Central Starmantle...

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Starmantle Municipal Airport and Train Station...

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East Coast Development...

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No idea what is going on here, about a dozen people getting yanked out of their cars and beaten up... who said the suburbs were safe?

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Adam1011216

Starmantle University Main Building, with Cancer Research Institute to the north and the university church and fire house. starmantleuniversitymai.jpg Starmantle University East with campus police, clinic, StaRadio and university hospital. starmantleuniversityeas.jpg Starmantle University West with frat houses and reservoir starmantleuniversitywes.jpg Starmantle Stadium starmantlestadium.jpg Western Reservoir and Industrial district westernreservoir.jpg Eastern Reservoir easternreservoir.jpg Westside Industrial Station westsideindustrialstati.jpg Coastal Suburbs coastalsuburbs.jpg

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The Southern suburbs of Starmantle are a little nicer than the Eastern ones, with a canal system running from the forest areas all the way to downtown and eventually dumping into the Sea of Fallen Stars.

Southern suburbs typical neighborhood...

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Starmantle South Prep School and surrounding neighborhood...

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Starmantle Country Club

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Aerial view looking south towards the suburbs and Gulthmere Mountains and Forest

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Second aerial view looking south...

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