Curse of the Crimson Throne
The centerpiece of the city, Castle Korvosa towers over every other building. Two pieces comprise Castle Korvosa: the Grand Mastaba and the high-walled citadel itself. Together, Castle Korvosa rises high above Citadel Hill. Only the king, his immediate family, the seneschal of the castle, and his family may live in Castle Korvosa. Either man can invite long-term guests (such as the king’s small harem), but the other can evict these guests at any time (except during times of war).
Since the completion of the main walls in 4464, multiple lord magistrates, seneschals, and monarchs have added to the section of the castle within the high stone walls. As such, despite a relatively consistent neo-Chelaxian styling, the castle’s main keep contains many mismatched and randomly placed towers, walls, and stairs.
Descriptions for the individual pieces of the castle follow:
Grand Mastaba: This four-sided sandstone pyramid is built to a cyclopean scale. A set of stairs cut for humans rises up the center of the northeastern face of the pyramid. One corner of the massive pyramid appears crumbled and worn, but this is not the result of poor construction. Rather, the attacks of lazy masons and stoneworkers have caused the looting and degradation of the corner, a practice made illegal by Eodred I.
Prior to the arrival of the Chelaxians, the Grand Mastaba served as a Shoanti holy site and strongpoint in the area. The Shoanti built a semi-permanent encampment at the base of the pyramid, as well as a rough wooden palisade atop it. This allowed the natives to control the area for hundreds of years and repulse attacks from other tribes and savage humanoids alike.
When the Chelish colonists finally wrested control of the hill and pyramid from the Shoanti, they found a perfectly smooth pyramid of incredible proportions with a flattened top. Investigation of the site determined that the pyramid’s builders constructed it with the flat top in mind, and that it did not bear that feature from incompleteness. When the Chelaxians gained control of the pyramid, they stripped it of the Shoanti’s wooden constructions and immediately set to work building a stone wall around the perimeter of the top.
The Keep: The castle itself is formed of an immense blackmarble keep. Multiple towers rise from the roofed keep, including the impressively large Epochal Tower (housing a clock maintained by Goupie Capabopple; see area M4) and the impressively tall Seawatch Tower. Dozens of Korvosan Guards patrol the keep at all times, with more living in or near the castle and ready to come to its defense at a moment’s notice. Sable Company marines also live in and guard the keep, and they keep a hippogriff aerie in one of the towers therein.
The Crimson Throne, seat of power for the monarchs of the city, stands on the third floor of the keep. It is the only chair on the floor. Visitors and guests are expected to stand or kneel.