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Flowers and hearth fire, spiced wine and underneath, the scent of home.
A place of strength and beauty, laughter and music and the steady hum of magic.
Power in balance, and balance in power.
The palace arcs over the glittering Isle, the river like a ribbon of red light beneath.
The regal House of Maresh sits on the throne.
And a magician stands behind it.

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Red London is the capital of Arnes. It is one of the four Londons along with White, Grey, and Black London.

Red London flourishes with magic and people in Red London value lives and magic.

History[edit | edit source]

Name[edit | edit source]

Red for the healthy empire.

Kell Maresh, A Darker Shade of Magic, I: The Traveler, I

Smell[edit | edit source]

Red London is said to smell of earth and flowers, for example, roses, lilies, and more depending on the person. However, only those from the other Londons are able to recognise the smell as Red Londoners have grown accustomed to it.

Relationship with other Londons[edit | edit source]

Red London had a good relationship with Grey London, and they regularly sent messages to each other through Kell Maresh before King Rhy Maresh decided to discontinue this correspondence forever to protect Grey London from magic.

The rulers of Red London, notably King Maxim, frequently tried to form a similar relationship with White London, mostly because he felt responsible for the gradual decay of White London's world. However, the rulers of Makt were seldom cooperative. So far, only Athos and Astrid Dane agreed to carry on correspondence between the two Londons.

Just like the other Londons, Red Londoners always referred to the others as their "neighbors" or "neighboring crowns."

Geography[edit | edit source]

Isle[edit | edit source]

The Isle is a river flowing through Red London. It is both a source of magic and a fixed place. Most distinctively, the Isle's water glows red even at night and hums with magic.

During Osaron's Siege of Red London, the Isle was temporarily colored black by black magic.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Aldus Fletcher's pawnshop[edit | edit source]

Jack and All[edit | edit source]

The Jack and All is a tavern.

Kir Ayes[edit | edit source]

Kir Ayes, or the Ruby Fields, was a tavern run by Fauna. She and Kell Maresh had made a special and secret arrangement that the room on the first floor would forever be his to use. The tavern was eventually burned down by Holland Vosijk.

Night Market[edit | edit source]

Main article: Night Market

The Night Market is a market located alongside the Isle.

Sanctuary[edit | edit source]

Main article: London Sanctuary

Setting Sun[edit | edit source]

Main article: Setting Sun

The Setting Sun is Red London's version of the Fixed Tavern.

Soner Rast[edit | edit source]

Main article: Soner Rast

Soner Rast, also known as the "Beating Heart" of Red London, is the main residence of the House of Maresh. It stretches over the Isle like a bridge and is made of glass, bronze, and stone.

The Blessed Waters[edit | edit source]

The Blessed Waters, or Is Aven Stras, is a tavern with a terrible reputation.

Three of Knives[edit | edit source]

The Three of Knives is a tavern in the shal. Its main clientele is criminals.

Rachenast[edit | edit source]

Rachenast, or Splendor, is a leisure palace for and frequented by Red London's elite.

Known residents[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Red London does have "echoes of traditional gender dynamics," but it is a world that cares about magical hierarchy more than heteronormativity.[1]

Navigation[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

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