Iganefta-on-the-Sea

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Iganefta-on-the-Sea is known as twin city to the more bejewelled Iganefta (the southernmost "civilized" settlement on Ghyll). It has not always been so. Long ago this currently bustling city on the sea was nothing more than the existing Wakanpantricist fishing village of Thungerbarg. But after the annexation of this little hamlet by Lord Glosfordshire in -260 EC and his upgrading of the road connecting it with Iganefta Old City, and after the building of a summer palace there for himself and his family, the whole village took on a new spirit (though the palace has long since fallen into ruin and the few remaining fishermen call their quarter "Thungerbarg" to this day).


City Quarters

There are various burrows to this city, sections of varied lifestyle and imagination. The most pronounced is the Seaside Briton, this is where the rich bathe in the sun and the wealthy purchase fine foods of exquisite taste. This is the quarter which is bespoken of in all the inland locals, the reason why Iganefta-on-the-Sea is considered one of the most wealthy and exclusive settlements in Ghyll. The richly adorned villas and retreats with their spectacular vistas of the Dagger Seas are spoken of by many and not a few artists have come to the rolling hills by the sea to draw, paint and even sculpt reproductions for their patrons nearer the desert or the plains. Originally settled by retired sea captains, the Seaside Briton has overcome her quaint history with the infusion of both old and new money, not to mention the influx of Adrizians. Indeed, it is rumored that the local branch of the Harrabloon Bank is the wealthiest banking establishment in all of Ghyll.

Thungerbarg is the ancient district of the city but the best that can be said of this quarter is that those who live within it grow and live with great luxury just out of reach. It is also known for its bi-sexual bathhouses, flamboyant frikasee eateries, and roadside doorknob smelters.

The underside of Iganeft-on-the-Sea, however, is the quarter called the Druthers. This is where the docks are maintained and the offices that support the coming and going of goods, legal and illegal. It is the port which is the thriving center of commerce, both during the day and in the deep of night. In recent years, the Iganefta Council of Lords has made feeble attempts to stem the tide of illicit goods flowing through the back alleys of the city, though they have been less than successful. As of this writing, the "back markets" of Iganefta-on-the-Sea are the only place where one may purchase the wildly popular Boxing EctoMechanauts game that has swept Ghyll. Though the lifeblood of the city flows through the port, dockworkers themselves are looked upon with little more than contempt.


The Fraternal Union of Cartmen (FUC)

Started by Johnny Lightning and Jimmy Cashews, the FUC is the union of the local cartmen. Regardless of one's views on its inspiration and origination, the FUC has certainly given aid to many a young, ignorant broodling. AFter five years of existance, the only decent paying work in the city was gotten through FUC. Several times in the past the larger mercantile houses tried to bring in splakkers and break the Union, but Johnny and Jimmy knew what to do and the military-grade EctoMechanauts they had invested in paid off. The Union has held together.

The FUC has also had a taming effect on the chaotic and wild Back Market. Through stealth and ingenuity and brute force, Johnny Lightning and the FUC created an "insurance" program that to this day "protects" local and far-standing companies.


The Law

The legal system of Iganefta-on-the-Sea is recognizable to most throughout Ghyll. Though quite influenced by the personal tastes of Lord Glosfordshire long ago, the introduction and import of the Codex RealAxe after -207 EC also has played a part. Though street justice still reigns supreme, especially in the Druthers and Thungerbarg, the more elite inhabitants do have access to the local Adjudicator, Protector, and Persecutor.


Society Life

The society to which any up-and-coming socialite must belong is the Folktown Social Club in Iganefta-on-the-Sea. With a villa overlooking the the greenest blue, members of the Club spend their days sipping strong umlaut tea or making bets over billiards games.

As for the underworld society of this city, not much may I say and keep my digits intact. They're a fine bunch of fellows once you get to know them.


The Future

The future of Iganefta lies with her twin city, Iganefta. Iganefta is an ever-growing mass of homes, shoppes, temples, warehouses, and streets. It has been suggested that, at the current rate of encroachment by Iganefta, the roughly 30 lele of rough terrain that separate Iganefta and Iganefta-on-the-Sea will vanish in a few short years. What then will this landscape resemble? What will it be named? Only time (and a future rejah) will tell.


Famous Residents:

Mason Grommie, the local representative of the family runs the various entertainment halls in the city. The family denies any connection to the more scurrilous history of smuggling associated with old money in Iganefta-on-the-Sea.

Baron James Horkmanifester (born James Jordan on the 12th of Baros -72 EC in Iganefta-on-the-Sea).

Jimmy Cashews and Johnny Lightning, perennial companions and business partners.

Kathryn Pearl Blatherwill, the only Harrabloon Bank employee to testify against the men who robbed said bank in -51 EC, and she did it for love.

Phillip Vincent Murdstone, before Johnny Lightning he was called the Hive-Lord of Hive-Lords.

Vemish, though not a citizen of this community, he currently holds the record for "Most Times on the Disgraceful List" of the rejah of the Thungerbarg quarter.


Historical Notes:

In -11 EC, the Doggerel plague swept through the twin cities bringing one of the darkest moments in living memory to Iganeftan history.

In the Gomin of -51 EC, Johnny Lightning, along with Neville Sidgeford, Russell Grimdale, Niles Wammerham, and James "Jimmy Cashews" Cashinawitz, attempted to rob the Iganefta-on-the-Sea branch of the Harrabloon Bank.

In the early -80s EC the modern Paramount Queen ceremony originated as a beauty contest in Folktown as an attempt to attract tourists away from Iganefta-on-the-Sea.

About -167 EC the play Gimlet is by M. Peershakes (b. -204 EC, d. -152 EC). The story is an appealing farce with Gimlet being a young prince of Iganefta-on-the-Sea.


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dibs --Nikos of Ant 15:41, 20 Jul 2005 (EDT)

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