The city of Lighthalzen as seen from the slums.
The city-state of Lighthalzen is a prosperous city grown on the success of its scientists.
The Rekenber Corporation disputably wields tremendous influence and responsibility in Lighthalzen. For security reasons, the movement of Rekenbar employees--and almost all of Lighthalzen's citizens--is strictly regulated. Also, visitors must prove their identity or they will be denied entrance into Lighthalzen. Despite these controls, the Rekenbar Corporation enjoys a sterling reputation because of the prosperity it has brought to the city and its non-discriminatory employment policy which provides all citizens of Lighthalzen an opportunity to share in its success.
Lighthalzen is officially divided into a Commercial District and Residential District.
The Rekenbar Corporation Hotel stands proudly in the center of the Residential District and is surrounded by the Plaza, the Park, and various houses.
The Commercial District contains the Rekenbar Headquarters, the Bank, various trading centers, and the Airport where travelers can learn helpful information about the Schwarzwald Republic. Lighthalzen also houses the headquarters for the Alchemist Guild, which handles the transport of freights at the Train Station and is situated in the eastern part of Lightalzen.
Points of Interest
Long ago, the area nestled between the valleys and gorges of the Schwarzwald Republic was but a humble mountain village notable only for the Lighthal Scientific Research Center. Zenit Zerter Lighthal, one of the leading scientists at the time, founded the Lighthal Laboratory. When the Rekenber Corporation gained ownership of all the village property and the adjacent land 500 years ago, it began construction of the luxorious Lighthalzen that we know today.
Despite the near impossibility of developing a city on rough, rocky terrain, the Rekenber Corporation invested vast sums of money into erecting Lighthalzen. In fact, Lighthalzen's prosperity and position as the commercial center of the Schwarzwald Republic can be attributed to Rekenbar's efforts and the invention of the interregional transportation in its country.
The Slums and the Corporate Conspiracy
At first, Lighthalzen's slums were the only vestige of the small mountain village that existed before the city was built. Although initially small in size, this impoverished sector grew as more people sold their land to Rekenber or were found ineligible to live in the Residential District. Although the Rekenber Corporation provides employment opportunities in the slums as part of its poor relief program, it also prohibits Lighthalzen's citizens from traveling between the slums and the affluent areas.