by Ben McSweeney
|Featured In||Edgedancer, The Stormlight Archive|
”No, this was impressive. A majestic city cut out of the starvin' ground.
Yeddaw's shape and appearance is very unusual because it is composed of hundreds of trenches cut into the ground by hired Shardblades, the Imperial Shardblades of Azir. All inhabitants live inside of the trenches, but farming is done above the city in the spaces between trenches. These trenches have varying widths and make a spiral towards the center of the city, which has a large moundlike building that rises over the surface of the ground, called the Grand Indicium. All of the trenches are cut so that water drains out of the city during Highstorms, with the Grand Indicium being the highest central point from which the rest of the city slopes downward.
The city has many different sectors cut into it, the one most known currently is the immigrant quarter. The immigrant quarter is a slum-like area of the city where the poor live, and it is implied that the area surrounding it has lower property values by proximity. Many of the homes in this sector are wooden and raised on stilts to avoid the runoff during storms.
The inhabitants of the city are known for trading in information as a form of currency.
The city is locally controlled by a prince. While not much is known currently, the prince has enough authority to issue special operatives and empower the local Skybreakers to react to crimes however they see fit, as well as declare a state of emergency immediately followed by all inhabitants. He was also capable of turning out the Parshman slaves into the coming Everstorm.