Lore Prompt 5: Transportation
What are the most common types of transportation in your realm? On Land? On Sea?
Have you looked into travel times? How did you calculate them?
Who has access to what kinds of transport? What is considered upper class?
Whilst it was the army that made the Empire its the roads that keep it running. The land is Kryizon's greatest asset, a vast area of mountains, plains, and forest.
Even before the Empire, the people of the area were building roads, many of these still in use today. It was said Ataylos Haydryonus built the first road through the Rift Mountains known as the Kysar's Pass.
The Kryizon government prioritises the construction of roads through its Empire, as most trade and army movement occurs on these roads. Whilst Kryizon is home to many navigable rivers, internal water transport is still seen as inferior to roads. In Kryizon most bridges are built from stone rather than wood, as the roading infrastructure is seen as vitally important.
Many villages, cities, and inns have popped up along these vital trade routes, usually, all only half a days ride apart. Roads are considered to be very safe in Kryizon both from animals and humans. It is frowned upon to attack travelers on the roads, this tradition has unknown origins but is still very important in Kryizon culture today.
A lot of Kryizon's national identity comes from its roads and infrastructure, it is used as propaganda to help support eternal expansion. Citizens learn of these 'other' people and their impoverished conditions and how the Empire grants them salvation by conquering them and building roads, aqueducts, teaching them Kry, and giving them law and order.
Within Kyzon City exists a series of canals, these are used primarily by the elite and military. These canals mainly provide transport from ships in the harbour to the Imperial Citadel or other important civic buildings.
Whilst roads are still the arteries of the Empire, it's ever expansion has placed more importance on the sea, Kryizon's navy has doubled in size in the last 10 years, Kyzon City port has already reached capacity. The future of Kryizon will probably see a massive increase in ships and ocean transport as the vast distances make overland travel too slow.
It is easy to arrive in Aiolia and gaze upon the Diolkos, a monstrous wagonway that carries the lifeblood of trade throughout the realm. It is harder to think of the time before its construction, before golems pounded upon the stones.
The city-states of Aiolia had once been fairly divided, raiding each other, capturing the few bits of fertile land they could along the peninsula. Thick, dangerous woods prevented any growth of major overland trade. Rivers served as the main transport into hamlets buried in the forests, with the sea taking the place of primary trade. When Aiolia had first begun its confederacy before the arrival of Eternal, at last trade between the cities became standard. It would still not be until four hundred years after the coronation of Eternal that the realm would see the beginning of the construction of the Diolkos. Golems, some of the first Aiolia had seen, laid the stones that would eventually become the wagonway.
The Diolkos heralded a new era in Aiolian trade. Trains of wagons hauled increasingly larger loads of materials, delivering to each city what they required. Highwaymen grew prominent, as did defenses on the wagons themselves. Predatory animals were pushed back into the woods, the Diolkos becoming the only safe overland route. The economic boom of tourism and trade shot the production of golems forward, something that pleased the Vasilias greatly.