Almondsey


The Royal Palace in the City of Lotta

The Royal Palace is located on a tall granite hill on the northwest side of the island that holds the city, the capital of Estalia. It was built in many stages (earliest was an Iron Age fortress, but nothing remains of that) and reached its latest level more than 200 years ago. It was never a favorite site for the later Grand Dukes to inhabit, preferring their country estates and the palace on Loch Mugg as they did. (It was too damp on this location, and the town itself had a stink.)


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Service Wing
The north side, by the Lake, is of interest because of its infrastrucure. It slopes down the hill to a private landing quay on the water for supplies being brought in bypassing the city market; because of the slope it has two levels below the main level of the palace. Part of it is dug into the hillside. There is an 'airwell' pit next to the brewery, where there is also a well, and the kitchen cellar is, unusually, on the second level. The Lake Gate houses the Lake Jatta naval regiment, such as it is, although they played an important role in the wars against Almondsey. There is access, not primary, to the town from this side, going between the Prison and the Great Temple to the high street and Northgate. On the southeast side, a stairway climbs up to the kitchen garden and the lower part of the bi-level wall facing the city.


These three galleys, along with a handful of ancillary boats requisitioned from other places in times of need, were sufficient to patrol the entire lake, and were very successful against smugglers and interlopers.

Accommodations here were very spartan: rooms for the three captains (including 'admiral'), a common room, and a dormitory. Food was taken up in the servants' hall of the palace. Ammunition and other ship supplies were stored in a cellar under the bakery.

The Lake Jatta Navy
The Lake Gate housed the crew of the three war galleys that used to ply the lake under direct command of the Archduke. The ones shown here were 'The Alpine Lady', 'The Revenge of Thud', and 'Melissa' (ca. 1600). They were replaced later by gunboats. Also shown is 'Lumbarger', which was the Archduke's personal lake freighter, which also carried official household passengers to all the ports on Lake Jatta (the captain and crew of this lived in town, not here). Each war galley had six oarsmen, a mainmast that required a crew of four sailors, and a captain, the leading captain holding the title 'Admiral' -- meaning that the Lake Jatta navy consisted of 33 people, not counting shore support. Both maintopsmen and rowers were also trained fighters. There was a cannon mounted in front of the mast that could be aimed laterally and to 30 degrees forward on either side, but not straight in front or behind, hence the boats had to be maneuvered into proper firing position.


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