Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE
Engineering and Construction
The Thracian Empire is the most technologically sophisticated realm in the known world. In architecture, Thrace builds with stone, brick, cement, and concrete, with accents of bronze, brass, and alabaster. Common architectural motifs include the dome (symbolizing the sky), the column, and the reflecting pool.
All three of these motifs appear in the Golden Temple of the Winged Sun on Mt. Justinian, and in the Imperial Palace on the Presidio. Also noteworthy are the many great amphitheaters and coliseums in the cities of the Empire. Wonders of Thracian acoustic engineering, each is able to sit tens of thousands, yet capable of projecting a man’s voice from the center of the stage to the farthest backrow. The Navigilo Grande, the massive man-made canal that separates the southern Pannion Peninsula from the mainland, is a great example of imperial engineering
The Golden Temple of the Winged Sun
Perhaps most of all, the Empire is known for its marvelous aqueducts, dams, and bridges, which control and traverse the waterways of the Empire. Sewers of mind-numbing complexity run under the Empire’s great cities, connecting with the aqueducts and canals. Water wheels and wind mills turn fluid movement into power, and hydraulic pumps and siphons transform power into movement. Because of these sophisticated waterworks, the citizens of Thrace enjoy public baths with warm, hot, and cold water as well as bronze indoor plumbing with flush toilets. Fire engines with hydraulic pumps protect its cities against the scourges of fire.