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Both Queen and Capital of Ballasburn, Damesne has remained one of the most hospitable areas for Eximius to grow, thrive and continue. Historically being the first city the Eximius had ever made on the then-inhospitable island, Damesne has grown extensively over time, now captivating an immense amount of territory on Ballasburn. From its north to south walls, Damesne is roughly 220 miles, easily dominating most cities of Gilead. Even more breathtaking than its size is its ingenious design: businesses and homes alike built tall so that they reach the skies and wear clouds like a skirt, the cobblestone tight, clean, and fitted properly. True to Ballasburn nature, Damesne is spotless and pure, radiating a culture of raw intellect, power and exclusivity.

Historically, the Eximius who were first isolated and placed upon Ballasburn by their Svalbardian creators remained grouped in colonies as they hunted, foraged and searched along the treacherous continent for a suitable place to remain. Having become well adjusted to the vicious, unpredictable and uninhabited Ballasburn before at last finding a suitable region to found their first city, it is therefore known that those of Damesne is mostly comprised of those who survived the most difficult trials of survival on Ballasburn. It is praised as the only city which captures the entirety of the Eximius history, culture and enlightenment both, and it is also home to The Speakers, making it the capital for international politics and business.

"We are the face of Eximius - we are where the highest breed have come to thrive." — Ak'vashal, former Speaker
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At the very center of the Capital, upon the highest point of land within it, lies the Speakers' shared estate. Given its immense size and (beyond) appropriate number of corridors, libraries and other such facilities, the Speakers are capable of coexisting without glimpse of one another or their personal guards unless said meetings are strictly sought out.

At the highest point, where all hallways and staircases merge, lies The Speaker's Council. It is here that they decide the fate of their politics and discuss the nature of their bonds between Ballasburn and other outside forces. It is here that issues and agendas are revealed long before they reach the ears of the public they represent.

"We are here because the people asked for us. Let their votes always count to something good." — Cal'rad, Former Speaker.
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The light that lingers he...
May 29 2020, 2:03 AM by Mikhael
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The Ballroom remains to be the very representation of Damesne culture. Planted firm in the face of the mountain that most of Damesne is build on and around, Hadién Ballroom is a massive and bold facility that overlooks the entirety of the city. Its events are grand, worldwide affairs, and the happenings that take place within its walls are spoken of for decades to come.

To come here with the assumption that a simple dance awaits you is to risk your life, for the Hadién Ballroom is used in the most unique of ways; it is the place where politics begin, scandals are exposed, and assassins creep through corridors and its higher stories. It is where the most prominent of Houses make their cases and where new ones engrave their name in the minds of the thousands who attend. All is judged here from apparel to preferred type of wine or dance, and reputations lifted during such events can go as far as to save one's life. Kings meet and wars can either be started or finished here, and scandals heinous and salacious are at last revealed.

"People can be conceived here, and people can be killed here. Never boring - in fact, you know where to find me next year." — Matsada, The Sprightly.
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The Devil's Waltz
Jun 10 2020, 1:02 AM by Mikhael
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Thousands flock to The Conserve every year, if not every month. Considered one of the wonders of the world, this dome-covered territory is an incredible facility that can be closely described as a zoo. The Conserve is home to an estimated 19,000 different species, pandemic and endemic both, animal-based, plant-based and even microbe-based. It is Ballasburn's effort, albeit unconventional for its time, to counteract the mass extinctions caused by The Blackening. Protecting endangered or threatened species is simply a must.

While visitors cannot actually enter The Conserve and potentially contaminate or stress the wildlife, there are indoor and outdoor walkways both above-ground and on-ground that allow people to observe through the reinforced glass. A large portion of Damesne's global income comes from foreigners paying through the teeth to visit this marvel.

"It's an excellent place for a first date, to be sure. Can't say I like all the people around...can we put those in The Conserve, too?"— Milly, Snarky Scholar.
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Elysium
May 28 2020, 1:10 PM by Mikhael
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A Matter of Time
Jun 7 2020, 7:24 PM by Kyveli