Caillou du Ley
Capital of Alsace, ‘The Lake Kingdom”
Ruler: King Phillipe Lestat, ‘The Moon King’ of Alsace
Population: 11,637 (registered); estimated average 12,250, with a summertime high of 16,300.
Major Products: Cloth (durable woolens, often trimmed with leather), clothing, tapestry, wine, leather goods and manufactured goods.
Armed Forces: A garrison of 500, led by Viscount Simeon St.Childe, Lord Protector of Caillou du Ley; the Imperial Navy of Alsace (14 major ships and their crews, totaling 565 + trained sea warriors); and the Royal Wardens (the King’s ‘Secret Police’).
Marquis (Regent) Valerie Velasour, royal magician to the Moon Court and a Regent of the Sovereign Cadre of Practitioners of the Arcane Arts.
Master Arnulf the Radiant, who provides spell scrolls for very stiff fees.
Master Clovis de Baskor, a surly, stout mage often to be met in tavern after tavern of the city.
Viscount (Master) Louis le Chiffe’, graceful and fearless, prominent noble & courtier in the Moon Court.
Master Maxime the Devil, usually reclusive, but recently awarded the title “Defender of Caillou du Ley” by King Phillipe Lestat for his defeat of a black dragon who attacked the city.
Master Veronique du Solange, famous for her singing and mischief at festival parties.
Viscount (Exertus) Lothair Soissons, King Lestat’s best friend & the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Cathedral of St. Delphine; Orthodox Church of Onn, Arch-Cantor Henri Jourdin; 14 priests.
The Cathedral of St. Guy: Theosophical Church of Onn, Minister Bertrand Humbert; 9 priests.
The Abbey of St. Modestine; Orthodox Monestary of Onn, Abbot Lucien Le Forge; 240 monks.
The Cathedral of the Prophet Xavier St. Magali: Zurvanite Temple of Onn, Cantor Jerome Guilfore; 4 priests.
The Sisterhood of Agnes of Dur Merci; Orthodox Convent of Onn, Mother Superior Marceline-Ginette; 122 nunns.
Notable Rogues’ and Thieves’ Guilds:
None known (Phillipe Lestat wages war on such vigorously, making Caillou du Ley one of the safest cities in the Onland).
Caillou du Ley has many inns. The most prominent include:
Le Soirvanne Auberge (the only accessible lodging when the city gates are shut, at dusk- good/expensive)
Les Penché Poteau (excellent! moderate)
Le Six Bougies (good/cheap)
La Gemir Roule (fair/cheap)
L’ Secrète Dame (good/cheap) is a less-frequented inn for those who are on the run.
Taverns of Note:
Le Rieur Jeune Fille,
A cozy and well-policed tavern near the wharves. Many sailors and mercenaries gather there, and many deals are made. Its name reflects its secondary use; a brothel. The best way to fence stolen goods, make contact with outlaws, or arrange shady deals in the city is with one of Caillou du Ley’s evening-ladies, in a stout-walled room upstairs at the Jeune Fille.
Occupying a strategic corner location on the Promenade, is even more famous. To Caillou du Leyans, it is a place of meetings and business dealing, as well as much gossip. Its good wine cellar and even better food are justly praised, and when open (during daylight only), it is always crowded. To visitors, it is a place to be seen in.
Other Important Characters:
Ambrose du Vert, Sage Most Learned of the Royal Court (history, genealogy, and court law of Alsace).
Marquis Barnabe’ St.Gerald, head of St.Gerald noble family.
Bertrand La Dragonne, merchant; partner in the La Dragonne Coster.
Francoise of Pechault, merchant: deals in lace, lingerie, costume jewelry, sashes and finery.
Stephane L’Anguille, a quiet smuggler of goods and people.
Piere Renard, merchant and large-scale landlord in Caillou du Ley and Penoir, willing to trade in his own grandmother if it benefited him in real estate.
The Sovereign Cadre of Practitioners of the Arcane Arts:
The Cadre maintains a Chantry in Caillou du Ley. The Senechal is Noel du Salmon.
Census of Mages:
All Cadre Mages entering Alsace must register with a king’s herald, local lord, or at the Court. They are welcome at Council meetings (evening affairs held in the Court once every three months). Valerie Velasour (or in the event of his absence, Louis le Chiffe’) chairs these meetings.
The noble families of Alsace are a large, influential, and constant presence in Caillou du Ley. Their fashions, free-handed spending, intrigues, and joyous entertainments (costume balls, feasts, and hunts in particular) set the tone of the city. Half-cloaks, full-sleeved shirts or bodices, jeweled swords, and white face powder mark the noble (or wealthy pretenders).
Important Features in Town:
Caillou du Ley boasts a wealth of shops, good inns, better taverns, and restaurants. (Eating out is a well-known pleasure and tradition for the courtiers of Caillou du Ley. But a new, fast- growing custom is to have hired meals “run in” – delivered hot to one’s estate.)
Although Caillou du Ley boasts shops and taverns of some repute, its crowning glory is indisputably the Court. The Court is unique among Onlandian human cities. It is a vast, labyrinthine structure, sprawling almost a quarter mile in length. Its many rooms are linked by arches, galleries, balconies, and sweeping stairs, and include enclosed, glass-roofed courtyards where fountains gurgle softly and harpists play. It houses the entire Court, the festive and social heart of Caillou du Ley: the parties, intrigues, and traffic of many nobles, envoys, hangers-on, and social climbers, plus offices and officers of the Crown, the bureaucratic and practical servants who are the fingers of Lestat’s long hand.
Guests of the Crown are given apartments in the Court (unless Phillipe wishes to have them in the Palace, a rare honor in these troubled times). It is possible to wander through the Court all day and still not see it all or meet with everyone else in residence.
Alsaceeans from outlying villages speak of the Court with awe. It symbolizes the importance of the noble class in Alsace, standing as ‘their’ place beneath the King’s palace and grand villas of the countryside. An truly, in splendor it is second only to the Palace itself. Around one side of its many windows runs the broad Promenade, the most important street in Caillou du Ley and one of the best shopping strolls in the world, and around the other, the sculpted beauty of the trees and gardens of the Royal Gardens, descending to the glimmering waters of Lake Lestat, where in warm months pleasure-sculls await.
Many tales of magic, messages, maps, and inscriptions hidden behind the paneling of the Palace’s rooms make the rounds in Alsace, and most are true. Also true, however, is the far-less-often-heard rumor of diligent magical eaves-dropping by loyal Royal Wardens, carried on constantly in every chamber and back passage of the Court. Visitors should consider themselves warned.
The Royal Treasury under the Palace is also famous, though very few visitors have ever seen it. The vaults are said to be heavily guarded by magic, traps, and monsters-and to contain great wealth and magical treasures.
Caillou du Ley is called “the brightest jewel of Alsace’s crown”. It remains one of the cleanest, wealthiest, and safest cities in Onland, a place travelers love to visit.
The ‘bad part of town’ lies near the harbor. Most gentlefolk of the city never go there. The area is a maze of bustling, close-crowded shops, houses, and inns. These are more wealthy and exclusive as one approaches the Palace (the nobles almost all live south of the Promenade), and cheaper, noisier, and more run-down as one nears the docks.
1. The Palace Royal.
2. The Promenade.
3. The Moon Court.
4. Velasour’s Tower
5. L’Dragonne Mâchoires (tavern)
6. Le Rieur Jeune Fille (tavern)
7. The Cathedral of St. Delphine (Ortho)
8. The Cathedral of St. Guy (Theo)
9. The Abbey of St. Modestine (Ortho)
10. The Cathedral of the Prophet Xavier St. Magali (Zurv)
11. The Sisterhood of Agnes of Dur Merci (Ortho)
12. Le Soirvanne Auberge
13. Les Penché Poteau
14. Le Six Bougies
15. La Gemir Roule
16. L’ Secrète Dame