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Hybardin

Article written by Gerrin & Kranar Drogin


Hybardin, also known as Hylarhome or the Life-Tree, was one of the wonders of Krynn. This city was built inside a giant stalactite that hangs over the Urkhan Sea. At the bottom of the stalactite is an island that served as the city's waterfront. Sunlight was brought to the city from sheets of quartz and smokeless lamps.

Water flows freely through and down the sides of the city. The water comes from countless natural springs found above the city. The Hylar form the water into canals, streams, and fountains throughout the city. With the abundance of water and light nearly every family residence contains a garden that provides the city with many unusual smells. The buildings of the city line the streets and are neat and orderly. The city was connected to Theibardin, Theiwarin, New Daebardin, the Valley of the Thanes, the West Warrens, and Daerforge through a massive chain ferry.

Chaos War

This city was a battleground during the Chaos War. Following the war it was abandoned. When the Hylar returned following their exile, they attempted to reconstruct the city, but failed to do so. This failure led High King Tarn Bellowgranite to found the city of Norbardin.

Levels of Hybardin

The city consists of 28 levels that are connected by staircases and lifts. Two of these levels were built outside of the stalactite and are on the island below it. These two levels serve a variety of purposes.

Level One

The first level is the cities waterfront. Running from it are four massive chain ferries that connect it to the rest of Thorbardin. This level also contains the forges and markets of the city.

Level Two

The second level is a raised platform that is built around the great lift station that houses the only lift that reaches all the levels of the city except the first. This lift is large enough to hold 100 dwarves in each of its twin cars. Four other lifts operate on this level that reach directly to the third level, which is forty feet above the second. Metal staircases also run from the second level to the third. This level is connected to the first level by four stone staircases that can be easily blockaded during an attack.

Level Three

This was the first level of the actual stalactite of Hybardin. It was connected to Level Two by metal staircases and lifts. It was destroyed during the Chaos War.

Level Four

This level was completely destroyed by Primus during the Chaos War.

Level Five

This level was completely destroyed by Primus during the Chaos War.

Level Eight

This level was completely destroyed by the forces of Chaos during the Chaos War.

Level Nine

This level was completely destroyed by the forces of Chaos during the Chaos War.

Level Ten

On level ten the Thane's Atrium is located. It is the place where most governmental matters are conducted. Also on level ten is the King's Wall, a section of the city that is broken up into ten easily defendable blocks.

Level Nineteen

An ancient cavern was located between this level and Level Twenty.

Level Twenty

An ancient cavern was located between this level and Level Nineteen.

Level Twenty-Two

One of the more intact levels of Hybardin following the Chaos War.

Level Twenty-Eight

On level twenty-eight the King's Palace is located. It is located 3,000 feet about the Urkhan Sea. This level also contains countless shafts that reach every city in Thorbardin. The station had a wide gallery, lined with stone columns, two fountains, one at each end, lit by lanterns, and had mossblossoms in it.

Buildings of Hybardin

Court of Thanes
Great Lift
King's Wall
Thane's Atrium

Roads of Hybardin

First Granite Road
Silverspear Way

Guilds

Mercenaries Guild

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