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  • al Malik Quarter

    The preserve of the al Malik family since before the dome was established, this area was once a pleasant neighborhood of detached homes, parks and enclosures dedicated to the family. Servants lived in gated developments with plain but serviceable homes, …

  • Old Palace

    Home to the ancient patriarch of the al Malik family, Ariman, the Old Palace was once a wonder of Arad, possessed of vastly advanced technology and maintained by robotic means. Now all of that has failed, or been taken away to the New Palace, and only a …

  • New Palace

    Here is the heart of the noble house of al Malik, where almost all of them live and work. Many of the younger generation are scientists and mechanical engineers, devoted to maintaining the old tech that is strung throughout the New Palace. The building …

  • Carbon City

    A settlement populated almost entirely by serfs, ruled over equally by the al Malik and Decados who moved all the clients and servants into the area, removing any former inhabitants who were bothered by this action. The region is powered by the coal …

  • Decados Quarter

    The most wicked of the noble houses rules over a mass of territory just south of the river, centered on the [[Soft Palace]] where their Countess Louisa insists on complete loyalty and enforces her will through the Seven Slayers. Small homes of loyal …

  • Soft Palace

    Pale cloth hangs from iron girders, stained with bloody rust where too much moisture has accumulated. Hundreds of rooms, with only wood slat floors to support the upper floors, are filled with those who wait for the good word and support of the Lady of …

  • Black Walls

    Built in the first weeks after the Steel Web was dropped, the Black Walls are meant to keep out all the other powers of Arad. The Decados man the walls with favored slaves and junior members of the family, and keep out all other persons without consent. …

  • The Mines

    A district comprised of barracks, fences and holes it the earth, which descend far enough to discover that the cables pass under the city as well as over it, and which fortuitously (for the Decados) discovered coal seams barely under the ground. Coal had …

  • Hazat Quarter

    There were few members of the Hazat family trapped under the dome, but they have made great progress in the years since. The highest rank was Baronet Antonnilla Hazat, a young woman with an excellent grasp of strategy and a wire sword that she was known …

  • Li Halan Quarter

    The Li Halan live athwart the Holy District, and this is by long choice. For centuries they were the most decadent and wicked of the noble houses, but in the last lifetime or more, they have become the most faithful, such that they are the mainstays of …

  • Enclosure of Thoughts

    A walled compound once filled with small structures, shrines and gardens. The gardens have now been replaced by stone meditation fields, strange fungal blooms carefully cultivated by gardeners and the dead bodies of long withered trees. These are now …

  • White Wall

    A mass of broken rubble and metal built up into the form of a wall and bound down with old rebar, the White Wall earns its name from the paint which is kept freshly renewed on it at almost all times, the old Baron Hawkwood having bought up all the white …

  • Hawkwood Estate

    Walled off from the rest of the city by the proud and honorable family that resides within, the Hawkwood estate is greatly decayed and much fallen from what it once was. Before the Steel Web dropped, the Hawkwood presence in the city was actually outside …

  • Golden House

    The home of Baron Hawkwood, built by his father and meant to establish the grandeur of the family, but unable to be completed due to shortness of supplies. The Golden Palace was meant to be a massive hulk with a central block and two long wings, but lack …

  • Noble Houses

    Within the Steel Web, all the five major houses are represented, though to varying degrees. The planet is technically dominated by [[House al Malik]], represented by Count Ariman who rules over the [[al Malik Quarter]]. They remain perhaps the strongest …

  • Shula bint Safiyyah

    Shula has never known the City of Arad without its dome of steel webbing. She was born to Safiyya al-Malik two and a half years after the dome descended. Her bright blonde hair at birth confirmed the family's suspicions that Tariq al-Malik, grandson of …

  • Ariman al Malik

    Deep into his second century, Ariman has decided within the last decade to hand over the leadership of his house to his oldest surviving son, Usman Bey. He retains, however, the title of Count, shared with his son, and it is uncertain how far back the …

  • Safiyyah al Malik

    Safiyya al-Aylon charmed (or stole) her way into Tariq al-Malik's heart over thirty years ago. Though Tariq still mourned the death of his first wife, Safiyya's adventuresome tales of other worlds enchanted him and drew him out of his years-long …

  • Viktor Decados

    Viktor was only a few years old and visiting from another Decados planet when he was trapped under the Dome. Although not a direct family member, he was part of House Decados and was allowed to remain in the Soft Palace as part of Countess Louisa's …