Rising sea levels and geographic changes revolutionize the continent. In a desperate effort to save civilization, architects built giant refugee ships called “cities on the water”, meant to carry up to a million people each. There were over a hundred cities after the sinking, and about half that during the time of the story.
Iro: Ruled by the Council of Inventors. Very advanced, built out of glass and steel. Iro is a city of professors, inventors, and historians. Contains esteemed academies, universities, libraries, hospitals, and labs. The buildings in Iro rotate towards the sun, and harnessing energy from solar panels. Iro is currently working to master the flying machine. The Iroshi pride themselves in specialized, highly-educated fields. They worship the Goddess of Wisdom of all else.
Qiyojiang: Ruled by an Emperor and Empress in the Yingtao Palace. Qiyojiang is a city of commerce and trading, with a flourishing marketplace. Built on seven levels, with the civilized class on top and the poorer classes on the bottom. The Bank of Qiyojiang tracks of finances from all seven cities. The city has a large harbor for imports and exports. Qiyojiang carries opportunities for certain specialized workers, with a large market for artisans, entertainers, and craftsmen.
Yedong: A formerly wealthy town that was destroyed in a wildfire, nicknamed “the floating graveyard” or “the ghost city”. Many builders use recycled parts from Yedong to expand or improve the quality of their own cities.
Huoshan: Huoshan is ruled by a Governor. A city suffering from overcrowding, starvation, and disease, consists of a selfish upper class and desperate lower class who try to gain control with labor strikes, Huoshan is a manufacturing city, with rising smoke that can be spotted from miles away. They use tremendous waterwheels to power their machines.
Zhanshi: Controlled by a Warden. Zhanshi contains a high security prison and asylum holding the worst criminals of the seven cities.
Anwu: Ruled by the Witch Queen, also known as The Sorceress. Anwu is a city of magic, home of the witches. In other cities there is a common fear of witches, and they are persecuted and burned at the stake. The people of Anwu use human bone to build their cities due to the lack of raw materials.
Tiantang: Ruled by a Prophet, who interprets the words of the Gods. Being a smaller, simple city, life in Tiantang revolves around agriculture. The city has massive gardens and greenhouses made for raising and preserving various foods and livestocks. The other six cities rely heavily on Tiantang for food supplies. Tiantang harnesses energy with giant windmills.