Royal Grounds of Dyvers
The Royal Grounds are separated from the rest of the city by a low hill (usually called Royal Hill). City streets lead up steps or paths carved into the hill, but the edges of the hill itself are kept clear of buildings to provide a clear field of fire should the city be attacked. The two largest buildings on the hill are the Old Palace and the Free Army Barracks(formerly the Royal Furyondian Barracks). A grassy plain covers part of the hill near Old Town and is used as a parade ground, while a similar plot near the barracks is used for military maneuvers by the Free Army. The rest of the hill is covered in townhouses, mansions, and gardens owned by the nobility of Dyvers, the majority of which live in the Royal Grounds (with the remainder living in estates scattered across the countryside).
The city wall curves around the southernmost part of the hill, with a single pedestrian gate allowing the outside world access to the richest part of Dyvers. Near the edge of the hill is a secondary wall and gate, built to defend against an invasion from the south.
Notable Locations in the Royal Grounds District:
Old Palace: This sprawling building once housed the king of Furyondy and his staff when Dyvers was the capital of that nation, but since the relocation of the capital to Chendl and the subsequent secession of Dyvers, the place has become the offices of the Magister and her staff as well as containing meeting rooms for the Gentry and formal courts for serious offenses. The place is well guarded, and any serious attackers will soon find themselves surrounded by supplemental troops from the Free Army barracks to the south.
Barracks: The extensive barracks of the Free Army provide a place to sleep for about twelve hundred of the city’s soldiers. Other sections of the barracks building provide administrative offices, officer’s quarters, and other sorts of things expected from a military building. The barracks is not particularly fortified, as the Free Army is expected to defend the city in times of need and not hole up in their own barracks.