Final Fantasy Infinite
The refuge of starving artists and no-talent hacks everywhere, but somehow still a booming city with lots of money. Who would’ve figured?
– Tarr, merchant
Known primarily for the vast fields that surround the city and the beautiful handmade goods that come from it, Lindblum is a relatively peaceful community that provides the majority of the grown foods. Lindblum’s star carrots and rainbow grapes in particular are widely regarded as the finest and tastiest in the world.
In addition, Lindblum is a center for the arts. Home to many artists, musicians, playwrights, and authors, the city’s beautiful views and generous funding for said arts and productions make it a natural choice. Public art galleries are funded by public and private collectors, the theater scene is fairly active, and many of the world’s most famous creatively-inclined people call it home.
Lindblum is located on the north-western corner of the Miasmic Continent, accessible via the North Gate that goes through the mountain range that would otherwise cut off access to the city (save for the longer and more danger-filled route of the Gizamaluke Grotto).
Lindblum is ruled by a monarchy. The current and long lasting royal family is the Edgar family, which ascended to the throne some time ago and has remained in power. The ruler is known as the Regent, and he is advised by two groups: the first, the Houses, is an assembled collection of the heads of the various noble families of Lindblum. The second, the Collected, is made from leaders in various industries around Lindblum: Arts, entertainment, education, business, and so on. The second house elects their representatives by a democratic process. The Regent makes decisions, and if a majority of two-thirds in both groups disagree, they can override the decision.
The current ruler of Lindblum is Regent Edgar XIII. He is a large patron of the arts and entertainment sectors, using much of the city’s budget to fuel artistic endeavors and draw people to the city. It seems to be working fairly well so far.
The strength of Lindblum’s military is not in the soldiers and weapons of war – rather, it is in their knowledge. Magical studies have been a strong part of Lindblum, and the Royal Mages are the best example that the pen (or, in this case, the pointy hat) is mightier than the sword.
Lindblum has a city miltia made of volunteers and the city guards. Though trained, they are not the bulk of Lindblum’s fighting force. Rather, mages make up the primary part of their arsenal. The military is organized into, at the base level, a group of four or five mages, each lead and protected by a duo of armed soldiers (called the Wardens) to provide cover and protection while the mages sling spells. This is known as “quadrant”. Four quadrants make up a “circle”. Four circles are a “company”, giving each company a population of 96 to 112.
The Royal Mages are a group of elite quadrants, signified by their advanced training for both the mages and the Wardens. The mages have studied magical arts extensively, able to summon powerful spells and exceptionally advanced techniques. The Wardens have been trained in advance defending and attacking arts, working close together as one. Just one of these quadrants is powerful, much less an entire circle of them, let alone a company.
The city is divided into three districts, plus Lindblum Castle:
- Theater District
- Business District
- Industrial District
The Theater District is home to the world famous Cycle Theater, which has been the debut stage of many popular pays and musicals, including I Want To Be Your Canary, Reaching To The Stars, The Spirit Of The Musical, and How To Succeed At Being Royalty Without Really Caring. It also contains the numerous “shack stacks”, cheap and affordable (and somewhat run-down) housing for the numerous poor artists attempting to make it in Lindblum. On the other side of the economic scale, many rich and affluent also call this district home, living in large houses and the occasional grand mansion.
The Business District is the center of commerce for the city and contains the Open Market, the government buildings (that aren’t house in the castle, such as many public service offices), and many of the museums and public facilities for the city – parks and the like. The Open Market is a covered, but open-air bazaar with stalls and shops featuring many homemade and imported items. If you’re looking for something artsy or pretty, this is the place to be. Rugs, robes, accessories, hats, jackets, paintings, candles, sand-filled bottles, flowers, and dozens upon dozens of other items await.
The most heralded museum in Lindblum is the Lindblum Center for Creativity and Art, or the LCCA. The LCCA is home to exhibits that rotate every several months, and many smaller galleries for displays from a particular artist or theme. To have your work showcased in the LCCA is a prestigious honor, one that carries a lot of weight – and Lindblum’s social elite are more than willing to spend some gil on works that are displayed there.
The Industrial District is home to the city’s few factories, mostly to take and process raw ore from the nearby mountains. Much of Lindblum’s raw material is supplied by regular shipments from Narshe, supplemented by their own stuff. While some of it goes to necessary goods and upkeep for the machines used, some of it also goes to the Theater and Business district for artists and sculptors to use. It contains worker housing and an external gate to the city.