What Ragash is known most for is its architecture, which some say is the most beautiful in Amol-Kalit. Its walls are not so high as Annuakat
, nor so imposing as Kherkhana
, nor as mystical as the hidden Rhaqoum
, but there is a beauty to the domes, minarets, and colorful, vaulted ceilings of Ragash that none of the others can match. Its garrulous tiled floors and walls, honey-comb patterned ceilings, and reaching minaret spires are all feats of human
artistry and engineering, which Ragashans are proud to remind others of when given any chance.
Alabyad Palace -
The white domes of the palace are enormous, even by Arethil
standards, and rise like great balloons to dominate the skyline. They are even more beautiful inside, as the enormous ceilings are covered in a mesmerizing array of tiles.
The Thousand Fountains -
While the Ragashans might not be able to drink the water of the Baal-Asha, they do use its waters to create hundreds of fountains spread throughout the palace grounds, which make it a verdant place in an otherwise dusty city.
Room of the Golden Pond -
perhaps the most astounding of all the rooms in the palace is the room of the golden pond, which contains a vast pool at the center of a room where every wall is sheeted in gold. The pool reflects the gold of the walls, creating a beautiful shimmering effect upon the ceiling.
Madrassa of War -
The once-grand army of Ragash, known as the Red Sands, were utterly decimated at the Battle of Ninagal. Gerra of Molthal disbanded those who were not professional soldiers, bidding them return home to look to their families and trades. But the battle created many hundreds of orphans, likely destined for the streets. Recognizing the drain that this might place upon the city and towns and the destitution these orphans would be confined to, Gerra confiscated one of the large estates of a dead Atabeg within the city and converted it into a school designed to educate the orphans. In return for food, education, and housing, the orphans are expected to serve as elite soldiers in Gerra's army.
Madrassa of Peace
- Under Vizier Telenar
's direction, another school was created within the city, with the goal of producing sages educated in the astronomy, history, geography, and the arcane.
Madrassa of Life - The Bimaristan -
The college of medicine existed prior to Gerra's arrival, but membership was only permitted to Ragashans. Gerra has done away with this and any who desire to study medicine may come to the Bimaristan of Ragash.
The Grand Bazaar -
while the city does not have a permanent population of foreigners, the Grand Bazaar - an open rectangle filled with tents in the city's southern quadrant - has a large concentration of merchants from all over the world, most of whom only stay in Ragash for a few weeks. Here, they can freely trade their goods and many princes come from across Amol-Kalit to the grand bazaar to buy rare items. The blackmarket thrives here.