Hell of a Summer
City of the Dead
The City of the Dead is no drab cemetery. It is a great park of grassy hills, tended flower beds, artfully placed clusters of trees and bushes, beautiful sculptures, astounding architecture, and gravel paths that wend intriguingly through it all. Long ago, the people of Throneport largely abandoned the practice of burying their dead, instead entombing them in mausoleums. For centuries, the major mausoleums here have each been connected to an extradimensional space where the dead are taken, mourned, and interred.
Those who can afford it memorialize the departed with sculptures, making the City of the Dead an open air museum that features some of the most stunning, haunting, mournful, and downright eerie statues ever crafted in marble or bronze. Nobles, Dragonmarked scions, and wealthy merchants have competed to erect the grandest markers for their dead, leading to a wide variety of styles and concepts created by artists at the height of their skills.
One of the cemetery’s most impressive attractions is the Warriors’ Monument. This intricate, sixty-foot-high sculpture depicts a circle of women and men striking down goblinoids and monsters like goblins, ogres, hobgoblins, bugbears, and all of which are falling backward and outward around the warriors. Above all of them, a flying griffon rider spears a huge troll through the chest with a flaming spear. But the statue is also a fountain, and the wounds on these combatants gush water! When you go see it, make a day of it: pack a midday feast, have a picnic, and then take a stroll through the beauty of the place.