Hello! I've finally gotten around to a second entry!
I've decided to organize a series of entries around the lines of the Lift, Silent Rise's metro system, and in that vein, this post details Silent Rise's first line: the Sky Line.
The Lift map, ever-so-slightly updated (I forgot a station).
The Sky Line on a map of the city of Silent Rise, its major districts, and surrounding cities and municipalities.
The Sky Line is the oldest of the metro rail Lift Lines, and when it opened long ago, it was called 'The Lift Line' since it ran above streets. It originally ran from Union Down Station -- the national and commuter rail terminus of Silent Rise's modern downtown, Center Down -- through the Meridian district down to Justice Station, where it connected with the Citylink Tramway that encircled historic Mistside.
Since that original segment opened, metro rail expanded all over the city and region, and the line was renamed since 'The Lift' came to represent the system as a whole. For awhile it was called the Emerson Line, after the street it ran above for part of its original segment, but eventually it came to be known as the Sky Line due to the fact that it links up both major regional airports -- Cloudloft and Cedar Rise.
Cloudloft is the region's largest airport. Situated northwest of the city, it was built 30 years ago and finished a complete renovation and modernization just this year. It is a major hub of Virgin and a focus city of United. It's intermodal transportation center serves the Cloudloft People Mover, mainline rail, commuter rail, and the Sky and Meridian lines of the Lift.
Union Down is one of two major rail termini in Silent Rise, this one serving the modern downtown of Center Down. Many commuter and mainline services terminate here, and the station is served by the Sky and Elder lines, the latter situation belowground.
Grand Messenger is the largest and busiest station of the Lift, connecting seven different lines. It's been rebuilt and renovated several times since the original opening of the Sky Line, and is the destination of countless business commuters in Center Down.
Exchange serves primarily the Financial District, anchored by the golden-spired Silent Rise Stock Exchange.
Maple Park is an highly gentrified arts-centric neighborhood just south of the Financial District. It contains the Museum of Classic Art and the Victoria Opera House, among other institutions.
Justice is the original southern terminus of the Sky Line, and it connects to the Citylink Tramway. It is named in honor of the adjacent Silent Rise Courthouse, a massive, forbidding building. Just to the south is Canal Square, which sits on a turn in the canal that links Mistside and Center Down. Here, the Sky Lines delves belowground to avoid tearing up too much of historic Mistside, and its first subway station is only a single block to the south, offering more direct access to Canal Square.
Union Mist is the region's original rail terminus, serving Mistside. It now receives far less ridership than Union Down, but still serves as an important rail link in the old city. It also links the Sky Line to the Market and Avery lines.
South Station has an odd location at the southwestern tip of Mistside, where wisdom would suggest not putting a major rail station, but it serves as a highly-trafficked transfer station for riders coming into the city on the commuter lines from the south, transferring them to the Sky, Garden, Loudwater, or Festival lines, or the Citylink Tramway.
Named after the naval officer that first chose to settle the slope, Admiral Hill is a thriving suburb of Silent Rise, its homes on the hill offering amazing views of Loudwater Bay. Its primary station is nestled between Admiral Hill City Hall, just up the first small slope, and the major highways running below.
Once its own metropolis, Radio City was annexed by Silent Rise some fifty years ago. Named after the looming radio tower atop one of its central buildings, Radio City is the region's largest job center outside of Center Down, and the anchor of Cider Valley. Thus, it is heavily served by the Lift, connecting the Sky, Lake, and Avery lines, as well as commuter rail services.
Located on the other side of Cider Valley is the city named after the bay it sits upon, Ginger Bay. It was annexed by Silent Rise as well, and is the region's fourth largest job center after Silent Rise, Radio City, and Hourbell. Ginger Central, serving its downtown area, connects the Ginger branches of the Sky and Avery lines.
Latin for 'between the canals' (although Intracanalis, 'within the canals,' would today be more accurate as they now form an unbroken circle), the station serves the old estate called Intercanalis that sits above Ginger Bay. It was build in the Middle Ages by a vassal of the king at Maiden Keep, the region's largest castle in Mistfall.
The terminus of the Ginger Branch of the Sky Line, Marina City serves Silent Rise's largest marina, where thousands of the city's wealthiest residents keep their boats.
Cedar Rise Airport
Cedar Rise is the region's second largest airport after Cloudloft, and its oldest as well. It is served by two major terminals -- the old eastern terminal where the Lift and the commuter lines stop, and the newer western terminal which connects to the Lift via a shuttle in the tunnel under the runway.
Well, those are some key stations on the Sky Line. Until next time!