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Aghrapur is the many-towered, glittering capital of Turan, a massive seaport on the Vilayet, probably the largest and most glorious of all cities of this age, the epitome of the opulent East. Aghrapur is the most populous city west of the Vilayet, home to 160,000 people. No city of the world is more luxurious. Originally a Zamorian city before the Hyrkanians came, Aghrapur is now a glittering Turanian city of haggling merchants creating a din of barter, slant-eyed wenches brazenly posturing, canopied litters bearing wealthy, discreetly veiled princesses and conquering slavers presenting nude slave-girls on the block.

The city of Aghrapur

Aghrapur is a walled city with many fortresses. The Bakire Ikuli, known as the Maiden’s Tower, is a tall stone tower which serves both as prison and lighthouse. Many horrible legends are whispered about this black tower in the coffeehouses and bazaars of Aghrapur. The Siyah Istihkam is a fortress built by Zamorians in only four months in response to an ancient siege when the Hyrkanians conquered the city. Kurtbeyaz Ikuli is a tall tower (slightly over 170 feet tall) that is used to survey the Harbour and to detect ?res in the city. The Eskihazne Istihkam is a seven-towered castle that once housed the royal treasury. The treasury was later moved to the Grand Palace, so the Eskihazne Istihkam is now an imposing prison for diplomats, ambassadors and political prisoners. Yangin Ikuli is a massive tower measuring well over 264 feet tall, with four ?oors and is used to keep an eye on the city for ?res or other alarming situations.

Approximately 1,600 soldiers (700 archers and 900 cavalrymen) work on a full-time basis but 8,000 conscripted soldiers can be brought to bear in a few short hours if needed. The cavalrymen are separated into three main groups: the Spahis, who are the elite cavalry (equivalent to a knight in many respects), the raiders, who are scouts and advance terrorists (sent ahead to scout and pillage), and the mounted archers, who travel fast and light (they ?ght along the ?anks, harrying the enemy). Aghrapur also maintains an additional allotment of 1,600 mercenary soldiers. In addition, Aghrapur always has at least three war ships in its harbour with full crews of marines. Aghrapur can also recall troops from all over Turan if necessary (and if time allows). These numbers do not include the 500-man Imperial Guard stationed at whichever palace the king is occupying.

Population: 160,000 (79% Turanian/Hyrkanian, 9% Zamorian, 5% Hyborian, 3% Vendhyan, 2% Khitan, 1% Black Kingdom, 1% Other) Size: Metropolis (853 acres of land) Average Population Density: 188 adults per acre Average Number of Structures: 64 buildings per acre (approx. 54,288 buildings total) Wealth Limit: 1,000,000 silver coins Ready Cash: 8,000,000,000 silver coins Government: Sultanate/Caliphate Income for the King: 4,000,000 silver coins per year Religion: Tarim, Erlik and other Hyrkanian gods Imports: Trade Goods Exports: Trade Goods, especially carpets Code of Honour: Civilised