The city of Lighthalzen is nestled in between canyons and mountain ranges, and the terrain around it is rough and rocky. Despite of this, the Rekenber Corporation still invested large sums of money to build and establish the city. The investment paid off, since now Lighthalzen is regarded as the commercial center of the Schwartzwald Republic.
Lighthalzen, the City-State of Prosperity
Five hundred years ago, Zenit Zerter Lighthal, one of the leading scientists at the time, founded the Lighthal Laboratory. The research facility is set on a remote valley in the Schwartzwald Republic. Later on, when the Rekenber Corporation gained ownership of the facility, they bought all the nearby villages and began construction of the great city known today as Lighthalzen.
The city-state of Lighthalzen is divided into two districts, the residential district on the south side of the city and the commercial district on the north side. The residential district's main attraction is the world-renowned Rekenber Hotel, located in the center of the district. The commercial district contains an airship landing strip, the Lighthalzen Bank, various trading posts, and the Alchemist Guild House. More importantly, it houses the Rekenber Corporation Headquarters.
The Rekenber Corporation is the biggest corporation in the Schwartzwald Republic. It is undeniably the driving force behind Lighthalzen, having great influence and responsibility over the city. The Corporation has spearheaded numerous researches and technological breakthroughs for years. These include the development of the Strahlenstein steam engine, which is being used for numerous tasks all throughout Schwartzwald, and the Airship, which has become a major form of interregional transportation in Midgard. But one of their most famous and controversial work is their research on the secrets of life, which resulted in the development of the Guardians – Midgard's first artificial life forms - said to be much stronger than any human being.
Almost all of the inhabitants of Lighthalzen are employees of the Rekenber Corporation. Some work for the Alchemist Guild, while others are traders and businessmen hoping to seek fortune within the city. For security reasons, the company strictly regulates movement of people within the city. Visitors without sufficient identification will be denied access inside Lighthalzen. Despite this, the Rekenber Corporation still has a good reputation among the residents of Lighthalzen, for they have bought prosperity to their city.
Also on the outskirts of Lighthalzen is the slums area, where less fortunate citizens of Schwartzwald reside. The area started out as the remnants of the small villages bought out by the Rekenber Corp., but as more people poured in, the area gradually expanded. Although the Rekenber Corporation has an employment program for the residents of the slum area, and even donates 5% of its profits for social welfare programs, they prohibit the citizens of Lighthalzen from venturing into the slums.
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