District I Prime
The seat of power since the world’s founding, the first district—or simply ‘Prime’—is the centre of the web forming Sinophia Magna. The highest point of the city—the plateau hill on which the district sits—is in fact a beached star-vessel of Sinos’ fleet graven from an asteroid mass and landed to provide a suitable foundation for the city’s core. Its ancient reactors still provide power to the city a millennia later. Nowhere on Sinophia is its former power and wealth more obvious than in Prime, nor the decay and decline it has since suffered. Here can be found the Grand Basilica of the Judiciary House, the Fortress of the Provost Marshall (headquarters of Sinophia’s much-diminished PDF), the Cathedral of Crusades Founding, the Administratum Ministry, the Gilded Exchange, and numerous monuments to forgotten luminaries and cenotaphs to the dead of the Angevin Crusade.
For all the district’s monolithic architecture and intimidating grandeur, it is a forlorn and empty place where rot blooms behind ancient frescos. Buildings such as the vast Ministry once resounded to the scratching quills of ten thousand scribes. Today, however, they echo with the few hundred that remain, whilst the Gilded Exchange, once centre of interplanetary commerce, has been sealed and silent for centuries. The past holds many secrets in the Prime. Many mysterious factions and forgotten relics are hidden here, from the infamous oubliette dungeons beneath the Provost Fortress to the wondrous and inexplicable Clockwork Court at the heart of the Grand Basilica.