In Greyhawk’s earliest days, when the city fit well within the area now called Old City, this great fortress complex guarded the community from its enemies. Perched atop the peak of a low rise, the battle-scarred Citadel is visible from most parts of the city and along the full length of the Processional, a stalwart symbol of the city’s might and independence. Behind the looming forty-five-foot Battle Wall is a complex of dark gray stone buildings that house the offices for the city’s Directorate and Lord Mayor, the headquarters of the formidable City Watch, the city’s arsenal and treasury, and its best-guarded prison.
Specific Locations in the Grand Citadel:
- Battle Wall
- Battle Gate and Gatehouse
- Courtyard of the Grand Citadel
- Citadel Towers
- The Great Blockhouse
- Half Circle Wall
- Prison Blockhouse
- The Redoubt
- City Vault
- Offices of the City Watch
The most notable of these structures is the Redoubt, a sprawling fortress meant to be the city’s last line of defense in the face of catastrophe. The architectural marvel appears upon first glance to be windowless, but its portals are hidden within its grandiose design. The Redoubt holds the offices of the City Watch and serves as a barracks for its largest garrison. The cavernous entry hall, with floors of polished black marble and a brace of patrolmen and attack dogs on constant alert, leads directly to the city’s formidable treasury. Greyhawk ’s vaults have never been penetrated, keeping safe the city’s considerable coinage and treasures less easy to quantify. Rumor suggests that the vault protects numerous priceless relics liberated from the Cairn Hills over the centuries including—it is said—a fragment of the legendary Rod of Seven Parts.
Jason Bulmahn, James Jacobs, Erik Mona. Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk. 2007