If one were to zigzag though the city, it might take them quite some time to locate the small plaza that seems to not keep up with the architecture around it. Though in reality, the Scholar District encompasses much more than those outdated, teal roofs., stretching from the Azure Spire, all the way to the wall separating it from the New Ithanian District.
Due to it’s massive and arbitrary size, it’s hard to pin down a similar structure to the buildings. In originality, the Scholar District was made up of buildings primarily stonework and colourful windows, featuring blue roofs as well. However, expansions were made, and architecture changed, with the district being littered with all kinds of different buildings, leaving the original plaza rather behind. Some utilizing warm bricks, some coloured walls, and some with mainly wooden structures. This is certainly leagues different than most other districts, which generally have a uniform set of materials and objects used in their structural makeup. The typical cobbled roads are the only ones throughout the district, as expected. That being said, the district is rather plain in this regard. A few sparse water features makeup some plazas, such as in front of the Azure Spire, while other roads simply just keep going to the next house. Deeper in the northernmost portion of the district, you can see bountiful colours of banners hanging across alleyways, or shop carts littering the roads, but unfortunately this isn’t synonymous with the rest of the area.
For the citizens, this is a rather common place to live, much like the main district would be. The majority of the buildings stretching across the district as residences for the middle class, with really no exception beyond the rare business or governmental building. Crime is about as normal as can be here, due to the district’s rather uncanny ability to be overlooked in its importance, though guards patrol normally as they would. Many question why it’s actually called the scholar’s district, nothing about the areas gives away the people living there are somehow more intelligent than in other areas of the city. However, it’s a question rather ignored, as the people living here are more focused on their day-to-day, rather than investigative questions of the reasoning for the naming for the district.
Notable landmarks are where this area begins to shine however. Outpacing the outdated buildings, the boring nature of it, and the calmness, is the Azure Spire. A behemoth of a buildings, the Spire stretches high as the eye can see, and the occupants inside doing their work to counteract some of the most powerful mages this city has seen. People living closest to the Azure Spire can even hear the screams and pleas of mages, which must account for why the rent is rather normal for even the nicest homes around it. The Merchant Guild building is also featured just barely at the fringe of the district. Business owners and burghers alike come and go from the large complex, all doing what they can for the overall success of their shops.
- To mages, this might just be the most avoided district, due to the Azure Spire being housed in the heart of the area.
- It’s common for people to confuse portions of this district with the Main or Commerce, due to similar architecture.
- Guard Patrols are as commonplace as they would any area, resulting in a pretty normal crime rate around the residences. However, the closer to the Azure Spire one gets, crime tends to dwindle off for obvious reasons.