Gichiwan (lit. “free kingdom” in Vrellish) is a large city (pop. 21,945) in southern Irmina. Founded by freed goliath slaves, Gichiwan was the life’s work of Wihindewuku, or Breaker-of-Chains, a goliath hero who quickly rallied his people behind him in 2 F.I., and carved a place of his freed race to dwell in harmony with nature.
Demographics: Isolated (goliath majority)
Authority Figure: Baroness Awazo, Steelspeaker Disooki, Stonespeaker Miggadan
Important Sites: Stoneskin, Fort Tice, Oakanke Manor, Floating Shrines
Districts: Itan’tun (Baron-Ward), Mazaska’tun (Mercant-Ward), Nagi’tun (Spiritu-Ward). Ozuye’tun (Solder-Ward), Tunkan’tun (Stonecarver-Ward)
Situated high in the misty peaks of the Spine of Tojezen, Gichiwan is ideally placed to prevent a siege by armed forces. The somewhat paranoid goliah forefathers sought an isolated refuge, accessible only by the bleakest and least tractable mountain roads, in which to construct their great city. To this end, Gichiwan is surrounded on all side by mountains and cannot be reached unless one is prepared to trek through narrow passes, dotted by choke points and goliath fortifications. Never, in all the city’s history, has Gichiwan ever been taken or even successfully besieged.
Notable districts within the city include:
- Itan’tun (Baron-Ward): Here, all the city’s administrative tasks are delegated and completed. Oakanke Manor, the Baron’s seat, is located in the cliffs above this district.
- Mazaska’tun (Merchant-Ward): Here, all the city’s commerce commences, between those merchants the goliaths allow into their city and the many craftsmen and mercenaries that Gichiwan provides.
- Nagi’tun (Spirit-Ward): The religious center of the city, this is where most of the primal shines and temples can be located, the Floating Shrines among them.
- Ozyue’tun (Soldier-Ward): Overlooked by the imperious Fort Tice, the Soldier-Ward houses barracks and weaponsmithing for the Stoneskin Legions, Gichiwan’s impressive standing army.
- Tunkan’tun (Stonecarver-Ward): Here, the city’s many miners, prospectors and stone-carvers ply their trade, transforming the raw stone of the earth into arts of art and industry.
Founded as a refugee camp in 18 F.I., Gichiwan swiftly grew from a humble hideaway into a veritable paradise for freed goliath slaves all over Irmina. By 24 F.I., they’d adopted the name Gichiwan and Wihindewuku, in the style of the Irminan city, was unanimously appointed Baron. In 41 F.I., the city of Gichiwan swore fealty to the Ruby Crown of Tojezen, on the condition that slavery would never be legalized in the Empire as long as the blue dragon or any of her offspring ruled.
Nominally ruled by a Baron like all Tojezeni cities, Gichiwan is afforded a large degree of autonomy by its dracoempress. In Gichiwan, the Baron is served by two critical advisors. The city’s Steelspeaker advises the Baron in all manners concerning war while the city’s Stonespeaker advises the Baron about culture, religion and tradition. Many goliath customs and traditions are upheld here in Gichiwan, if nowhere else still in Qairn.
The current ruler, Baroness Awazo, is only a child and is heavily counseled by her two advisors – Steelspeaker Disooki and Stonespeaker Miigadan.
Seeking soldiers to aid them in their war against True Arkhosia, The Nameless Company came to Gichiwan in Durek 339 F.I. Here, recently named Blessed of the Realm, they met with the young Baroness and were given the two trials – the Trial of Combat and the Trial of Spirit. The first they attempted was the Trial of Combat, where they defeated five goliath champions at the Floating Shrines. The second they attempted was the Trial of Spirits, where they communed with Stoneskin, the city’s primal guardian, and received her blessing. ( Episode 60)