Makal is a large thriving metropolis across the Sea of Graves, at the foot of the great desert. An ancient city, Makal is home to many time-honored festivals, such as the Fireworks Festival, and is home to many races and creeds.
The name of the city - which translates to "Deepwater Port" in Dwarven - is a topic of some controversy. Throughout history a number of different spellings have been used, including Maacal, Macaal, Makal, Makala, Mah-Kul, Muchahl, and Mahk-Ul, a fact scholars have attributed to variance in Dwarven dialect.
The Water Tower
At the center of Makal stands the Water Tower, a massive inverted pyramid comprised of an unknown material and covered in faded and ancient sigils, as well as generations of graffiti. The structure has existed in this spot since before the founding of Makal, and is believed by many to be the reason for the city's location. It produces a near-endless supply of fresh water and is a source of hydration for many citizens.
A single lighthouse stands in the slums near the Thief's Market, a remnant of Makal’s ancient port, which thrived before the God of the Flame dried up the sea. This lighthouse mark's the city's former border and is surrounded by ancient docks and causeways, now integrated into the shops and dwellings of the neighborhood.
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The Fireworks Festival
Celebrated every 4 months, everyone in Makal would buy fireworks and go onto their balconies and fire them at neighbors houses. Officially, it was to celebrate the birth of the prophet of fire. Unofficially, it was an excuse to settle scores with neighbors. Homes in Makal are mostly made of straw or wood so the festival often burns the city to the ground. Many die during this festival.