Remora is the main city of Talia, regarded as the capital as the oldest city in Talia since it was founded by Remus and is the heart of the Reman Church. Known as the "City of Stars," it is ruled by the di Chimici family and it is the Talian equivalent of Siena, Italy. Remora is the main setting of the City of Stars.
Remora is ruled by Ferdinando di Chimici, who is Pope Lenient VI, the head of the Reman Church. As such, the city is under the control of the di Chimici, who also control the Reman Church through the Pope. Notably, the title "Prince of Remora" is a recent revival of the title, given to Ferdinando di Chimici when he became Pope in 1558 as the di Chimici family's means of further securing their control over Remora.
As the founding city of Talia, Remora is regarded as the capital of Talia, though Giglia has grown considerably wealthier and more powerful as the head of the di Chimici rules from there. While Gaetano di Chimici is the current heir to the title of Prince of Remora after the death of his brother Carlo, he is ineligible to become pope after his marriage to Francesca of Bellona. The Pope's chaplain and nephew, Cardinal Rinaldo di Chimici will likely succeed his uncle as pope after Ferdinando's death.
The city is divided into twelve sections, named after the signs of the Zodiac. Each section has its own gate that leads into the city, named for the Twelfth that it leads into. The Strada delle Stelle ("Road of the Stars"), which runs straight through the centre of the city, is the only netural territory in Remora where even enemies can meet without fighting. At the north end of the Strada delle Stelle is the Porta del Sole ("Gate of the Sun"), the gate that leads to the road to Santa Fina. The south end of the Strada delle Stelle is the Porta della Luna ("Gate of the Moon"), which leads to the town of Belle Vigne, a small town on a hill located south-east of Siena.
The Twelfths were designated before Christianity became the predominant religion of Talia and is regarded by the current Pope as a pagan association, though he is reluctant to change the city's divisions because of the strong rivalries and alliances that each of the Twelfths have developed over many years. The relationships that each Twelfth holds relative to another are so strong that it is dangerous for a person to wear the colours of an adversary within a particular contrade. The Twelfths also hold allegiances to one of the twelve city-states of Talia.
The main festival in Remora is the Stellata, which is a horse race with one jockey from each of the twelve contrade competing in the race. It is said in the city that the race is run all year round, as the end of one Stellata marks the moment when preparations begin for the next one. The race takes place on the Campo delle Stelle, the piazza in the center of town which is regarded as "neutral ground" because it does not belong to any of the Twelfths. It is held on August 15th of every year. On some occasions, an additional Stellata may be run to commemorate a special event.
- The adjective of Remora is "Reman", but the people of Remora are Remorans
- Paolo Montalbano, Stravagante and Horsemaster of the Ram
- Cesare Montalbano, Paolo's eldest son, a jockey for the Ram, currently a student in Padavia
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 City of Stars
- ↑ City of Stars
Remora, September 1578
The Campo delle Stelle was being turned into a track for the second time that summer. It happened occasionally that there was an extra race - a Stellata Straordinaria - to commemorate some important public occasion. The last one had been twenty years ago, when Ferdinando di Chimici became Pope and was given the revived title of Prince of Remora.
- ↑ City of Secrets
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Guide to Talia
- ↑ Stravaganza Official Site - "Porta della Luna"
- ↑ City of Ships
|Independent City-States |
Bellezza · Padavia · Classe · Montemurato · Romula · Cittanuova
|Di Chimici City-States |
Giglia · Remora · Fortezza · Bellona · Volana · Moresco
|Other Locations |
Burlesca · Torrone · Merlino · Santa Fina · Belle Vigne · Saint-Mary-among-the-Vines
Grand Duke Fabrizio di Chimici · Grand Duchessa Caterina di Chimici · Pope Lenient VI · Lucia di Chimici, Princess of Fortezza · Alfonso di Chimici, Duke of Volana · Duchessa Bianca di Chimici · Prince Jacopo the Younger · Princess Clarice di Chimici · Prince Ferdinando di Chimici · Princess Francesca di Chimici
|Other Living di Chimici |
Falco Niccolo Carlo di Chimici · Gaetano di Chimici · Francesca di Chimici · Rinaldo di Chimici · Isabella di Chimici · Filippo di Chimici · Carolina di Chimici, Dowager Princess of Fortezza · Eleanora di Chimici · Beatrice di Chimici · Ferrando di Chimici · Bianca di Chimici
|Deceased di Chimici |
Falco di Chimici · Niccolo di Chimici · Carlo di Chimici · Caterina di Chimici · Jacopo the Elder · Fabrizio di Chimici · Duke Fabrizio di Chimici · Benedetta di Chimici · Alfonso di Chimici
|Disowned di Chimici |
|di Chimici City-States |
Giglia · Remora · Bellona · Volana · Moresco · Fortezza