The Balkan Chronicles
“There is no place in all of Balka like the Grand Bazaar in Somerset. To someone entering the bazaar for the first time, their senses are assaulted with sights, sounds, and smells. There is barely any room to move and patrons are constantly being harassed by merchants trying to sell their products. The ships sailing within the city make it seem like the whole bazaar is floating in the opposite direction. If it can be bought, it can be found in the bazaar.”
- Augrus Kos, Merchant of Mercadia
Somerset is a large trading hub in the southern region of Balka. Most trade and travel to other continents come through Somerset. The city resides on a cliff about 600 or so feet above sea level. The city is arranged around a large U shaped channel that runs from cliff face, to cliff face. The city features two water elevators used to bring ships from sea level to where the city is. The ships are able to dock in the channel and are lowered using the second water elevator when leaving the city. Merchants from all over the world travel to Somerset to sell and buy goods to its citizens and other traders.
Somerset’s architecture is similar to that of architecture found in Spain on Earth. Somerset is probably the most diverse and progressive city on Balka not to mention the most in-touch with the rest of the world.