Skiöldavik

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Skiöldavik (also known as Scjoldawic, Stoldavik, Schiltwig, Schildwijk and other spellings) is the historical capital of the Orkanan Realm of Stoldavia. The city was destroyed with the fall of the Orkanan Realm in 5713rh. It still is an Orkanan sanctuary, located in Östvallen, Vittmark and currently undergoing archaeological research. The city has given the (Lodian) name for the entire island of Stoldavia.

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Foundation and name

Since most of the written accounts considering the history of Skiöldavik has been destroyed with the city itself, the currently known history is a mix of oral traditions (including legends and myths), 71st and 72nd century excavations and ongoing research.

According to mythology, Skiöldavik was created as a present by the mountain Fiäll to the sea rå Hefna. Fiäll gave a piece of itself in the form of the cliff coast, shield hill and islands, creating a complex landscape together with Hefna. After the dust had settled and the first people arrived, Fiäll manifested itself on the hill, urging the people to build a shrine for Vind, the one and true creator of the universe.

The foundation of Skiöldavik as a mainly religious settlement was most probably a prehistoric event, which in this area means at least 28 centuries ago. The original shrine at this location was pre-Orkanan and the upcoming new religion must have taken over it between 4900 and 5000rh. Given its location, it had no role as a fishing village or trading market to begin with, it served as a religious gathering place for a number of settlements in the area.

Skiöldavik literally means 'bay of shields'. It most probably got its name from the armed branch of early Orkanan cults, which have used the place as a powerbase since the early 51st century. Skiölda also was the name of the first royal dynasty of the Orkanan realm, but it is impossible to determine if the city was named after the warrior kings' dynasty, or the other way around.

Cityscape

Recent map of the known city core of Skiöldavik, with assumptions about the unexcavated parts

The Great Shield of Vind was the central shrine of the city, approximately 280x280 m square and according to descriptions from visiting cultures was a low pyramid with a centrally located dome building,probably raising itself some 65 m above the hill it was built upon. The shrine is said to have been a recreation of the diversity of the known world, with botanical gardens, a zoo (including two aquariums) and an exhibition of foreign artifacts.

The city centre had a circular structure, with the enwalled centre measuring about 1100 m. The southern half was protected by an artificial lake with a level of 22 m above sea level, the northern half had an earthen wall, which later was fortified with natural rock. There were 10 entrance towers, although some experts state that there were 12, of which 2 were drowned in the artificial lake. Two fortifications belonging to the city were located outside of it, one to the north protecting the harbor, one to the east guarding the lake wall.

While the city centre was made entirely of rather large, stone (mostly limestone with tiled roofs) buildings, most of the exterior parts were made up of wooden structures. The outskirts have been destroyed several times by city fires due to accidents and warfare. The stone centre survived all these fires, creating the opportunity to rebuild the outskirts time after time. The city therefore gained a reputation as invinceable, which stood symbol for the superiority of the Orkanan Realm of which it was the capital and most important city.

At its peak, Skiöldavik had between 200,000 and 350,000 inhabitants. This figure is a rough estimate, since there is no indication of the exact size of sprawl of wooden buildings around the city centre.

Aftermath

The city was destroyed after an epic battle which lasted for over 3 months. The victorious XXXX wanted to destroy the heart of the Orkanan Realm and the heart of Skiöldavik in order to prevent its resurrection. Even after the victory, a year was spend to destroy each and every building and fortification, after which the area was riddened of its population.

It is unclear if the area has been inhabited continuously, but evidence suggest that already in the 59th century, a fishing hamlet with trading markets was functional near Skiöldavik again. This place was mentioned as Östvallen on later maps and is located on the former northeastern walls of Skiöldavik.

Excavation and reconstruction

Already during the rise of the Greater Stoldavic Empire a huge interest in the remnants of Skiöldavik emerged. The rulers from the 70th century were interested in recreating Skiöldavik as the legendary invincable city. They chose to build a new town to serve as capital and started excavating what they thought to be the location of Skiöldavik.

In the aftermath of the empire, the excavated ruins were carefully covered with sand again in order to prevent looting, vandalism and further destruction. The Stellist-Orkanan forces from Helreich avoided the place, since it was mentioned as a possible landing site of the Race of the Stars, they didn't want to desacrate it, nor did they want it to fall into the hands of heathens. Several smaller excavations have been carried out, but had to be cut short due to unrest, warfare or obstructing local authorities. The place was almost impossible to gain access to during the Pan-Anarian War and the following Three Way Conflicts.

Since the creation of Vittmark as a nation state, new attempts to excavation and recreation have been made. In 7566 excavations started again, this time aiming at uncovering the areas that had been covered again in the final days of the Greater Stoldavic Empire. When this task neared completion in 7579, Vittmark invited Orkanan clergy from all over the world in order to discuss a strategy for future excavations and possible recreation of parts of the ancient city. The Conference of Stoldavian Archaeology resulted in the outline of a concrete action plan, as well as lasting involvement of scholars from other Orkanan nations.

City State of -    Ö S T V A L L E N    - Capital of Vittmark
History Skiöldavik - History of Östvallen - Defenestration of Östervallen - Treaty of Nisipari
Government City state government - Subdivisions - Borgö government complex
Geography

Landscape features: Helagen - Guldberg - Klippan - Åstundaberg - Waterways: Dämman - Frydbäcke - Fyriså - Hedneå - Mynningsfiärd - Sörstaströmmen - Valfiärd - Islands and peninsulas: Borgö - Hugeö - Lövö (Östervallen) - Mellersta peninsula - Nersta peninsula - Revön - Storön - Venö - Natural areas: Almskogen - Byrum's stacks - Guldkant - Gutö - Helagen - Örtaträdgården

Areas and places

Stifts: Gamla Stan - Östervallen - Nystaden - Bältstad - Fyrisön - Valby - Sockens: Åstunda - Källans Nyby - Harbors, docks and industries: Ports - Shipping wharves - Transportation and meeting: Avenues - Bridges - Squares - Rustning Airfield - Sammanbindningsbanan - Tramways

Buildings

Government: Dämmanö - Östervallen (Förbundsdag - Förbundsting - Royal Palace - University) - Borgö - Religious: - Trossamfundet - Stations - Museums: Gårdarna
The Cliff's Sisters - Kungsängen

Culture and society

Demographics: - Religion: - Education: University of Östervallen - Music: - Arts: - Sports:

Famous people Queen Anna av Kulla of Vittmark - Yuma Fukai
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