District 1, Bernschloss
Bernschloss was the name of the large fort of the Margrave of the North-West during the Age of Heroes and before the Founding of the Five Cities. The hamlet surrounding it was known as Fulgrath and would later become the heart of the greater city during the expansion efforts.
Once the city was large enough to be divided into its first five districts, the name of the fort was used to describe this one.
Bernschloss became a district with the ratification of the charter in 292 GE. Completely cobblestone-lined, with the exception of small gardens and parks, Bernschloss is a densely populated and historic district, and many houses still have the classic half-timbered look, being preserved thanks to their monument protection status. The castle Bernschloss in the center of the district used to tower high above everything else until the construction of the Pyramids of Fulgrath, though they are not much taller in actuality. Only the Grand Academy of Fulgrath, which lies to the northern side of the city, for away from the center, has higher spires, some of which were built for use in astronomy.
District 2, the Grand Academy of Fulgrath
The Grand Academy of Fulgrath was a district of the city since the ratification of the charter, just like Bernschloss. However, during the Founding, it was mostly comprised of the academy buildings themselves, which included the fortified castle, a large library, and some rather lackluster housing for the least wealthy students, who couldn't afford rent inside the castle.
In the centuries since the Founding, however, the Grand Academy of Fulgrath has made good use of the lands afforded to its proper district, investing into infrastructure and housing, increasing district revenue and allowing for ever increasing enrollment numbers, while also pulling in non-academics such as traders and artisans, which in turn improved living conditions for the students.
District 3, Markhorn
The Markhorn district was also established in 292 GE. Already, dense population centers had grown outside the now inner walls of Fulgrath, represented by the Markhorn district and the Karlister district.
The Markhorn district initially housed moneylenders and wealthier merchants but has slowly developed into a pleasure district over the centuries that followed the Founding. These days one may find all sorts of entertainment in the streets of Markhorn.
District 4, Mittelmarkt
The Mittelmarkt is the largest of the open market places in Fulgrath. While the population of the district is low compared to its size and only a handful of large buildings exist in its center, a large portion around it completely cobblestoned, the economic and financial power of the district is extraordinary. It was also established with the other four initial districts.
The area around the wide market place is densely populated by merchant families and the Trade Guild, which has a huge stake in this district.
Every morning, long before the sun rises, an almost Völkerwanderung-like migration will occur here when traders from all over the city arrive with their carts or backpack processions, setting up stands everywhere. The entire bazaar is strictly regulated and thoroughly taxed: Stands won't appear just anywhere due to the risk of being severely fined. Rather, blueprints for the layout of each day's bazaar are drawn up and enforced by the Trade Guild.
District 5, Karlister
The Karlister district, the last of the original districts, initially housed many of the artisans of Fulgrath. This is still the case, though a large number now also live in Gul'heine, Finstral, and Klapperstadt, due to their strategic locations around the Forge.
In the centuries since the Founding, many merchants have moved into historic Karlister, and with them came taverns, inns, and public bathing houses, all the daily comforts of respectable living.
These days, real-estate in Karlister has become far more expensive, and many heirs of ancient artisan families are looking to sell or to turn their properties into more lucrative ventures, such as inns.
District 6, Forge
The Forge district was the first of the new districts, which have to be drawn up and ratified by the magistrate. It contains a limited amount of living space, but is cobbled over as a measure against fires, and all buildings are likewise made of stone. The available space, rather than containing houses, often contains nothing, leaving ample room for transportation of goods, which is an important part of the day-to-day activities of the district.
Large buildings containing industrial smithies, furnaces, and other kinds of manufacturing plants are the true inhabitants of the Forge, and here many of the artisans of the city work every day, coming from all over by way of the Travel Gates of Fulgrath
In the Forge in Fulgrath, the central building is shaped like an old-fashioned kiln and generally referred to as just "the Furnace". Within its walls, the largest transmutation furnace of the world is located, and it churns out complex materials twenty-four hours a day, eight days a week, supplying the entire Forge district and the Grand Academy of Fulgrath.
District 7, Klapperstadt
Klapperstadt, located next to the Forge district, is home to a number of artisan families, though most who live here are on the wealthier end of society, owning businesses of their own.
Due to two special zones, the Altonar
embassy and the Brammenfort embassy, which represents the lands of Vechnaya Bramma, being located in Klapperstadt, the district is also home to a number of diplomat families and thus rather well off.
In the past two centuries, the district has expanded beyond the outer city walls, housing less wealthy citizens. While this skews the political interests of the district in the view of some older inhabitants, the influx of commerce created by the extensions has kept them from speaking out too loudly.
District 8, Steinau
The district of Steinau is named after the Big Rock Monument, which is located in Big Rock Park. Its most influential building is the northern Pyramid of Fulgrath, which was constructed by the business tycoon Herbert Siebenzaal and his descendants. The building is a huge office complex that employs a staggering amount of people.
The less densely packed northern region of Steinau has its own economy, which developed around the traders and artisans who set up along the Long Roundabout and was supported by increasingly impressive infrastructure.
District 9, Veijenbrei
Veijenbrei, a town located to the east of Fulgrath, is often called the corn chamber of Fulgrath.
Initially just a small village in fief to the margrave, with the Founding of the Five cities and the explosive growth of Fulgrath, Veijenbrei petitioned for and was granted district status in 426 GE.
District 10, Thorstin
Thorstin is a smaller district than Veijenbrei, but is quite significant due to its location north-west of the city, right next to the Molotov towers and cloud stacks of the lightning farm
. Many engineers live in Thorstin for ease of access, however, the town of Thorstin is also a center for agriculture, providing grains and meat to the city.
District 11, Vallahal
Vallahal is a newer district, which was only acknowledged in 722 GE after the outskirts of Karlister had been growing more and more and the city wall had to expanded.
It's name comes from its initially high population of Nordmen, which was slowly supplanted by citizens of Yamato
descent after the establishment of a permanent Yamato embassy, another special zone, in 1280 GE.
Nowadays, the descendants of the Nordmen who originally lived throughout Vallahal have moved to the fringes bordering Finstral and Leuven.
District 12, Finstral
Finstral is not very densely populated but houses some of the most influential businessmen of Fulgrath, sporting lavish mansions and greenery all about.
The district's heart lies in the southern Pyramid of Fulgrath, which was also constructed by the Sevenzaal family centuries ago in the thirteen-hundreds GE.
Though used as a large-scale office building just like the northern Pyramid of Fulgrath, the employees of this one generally have a much higher average salary as this is also where the Fulgrath Exchange is located.
This location also puts it relatively close to the Molotov towers and cloud stacks of the lightning farm, which, due to the severe electric hazard of the region, cannot be safely fitted with a travel gate.
District 13, Gul'heine
Gul'heine has become a home to artisans in the past centuries as it predominantly borders the Forge district. Many smaller artisan shops are in the district itself, which is located strategically at the southern gate of Fulgrath, allowing for people trickling in from the south-west to come through the Gul'heine district.
District 14, Leuven
The small district of Leuven is heavily controlled by the Church of Pure Souls, which took roots in southern Fulgrath during the Onslaught of Balsibart in the sixteen-hundreds GE. Fleeing masses from the Corsic Ocean migrated across the Great Land, some of them settling in the ever growing metropolis of Fulgrath and carving out a life for themselves.
The power of the Church in this district is rather extensive, and Promoters elected here are usually high-ranking clergymen. They also maintain the southernmost Graansinger Park, where they host regular festivals to promote the district and the Church.
Most workers of the district are employed in logistics as the large warehouse-packed part of the city is right next-door to the east-side of the district.
District 15, Whitehall
Whitehall, a relatively new district, separated itself from Steinau in 1333 GE, when the section of the district became more and more wealthy and densely populated due to its close location to both the Mittelmarkt district and the Long Roundabout, ensuring its growing prosperity.
Aside from the region around the Yamato embassy in the Vallahal district, Whitehall is the only other district with a large Yamato shrine dedicated to the spirituality of ur-soulism. This is also the largest lightning shrine on all of Aqualon, an element rarely enshrined elsewhere.
District 16, Saxamagia
Saxamagia was initially inhabited mostly by students of the Grand Academy of Fulgrath who could not afford to live on the prestigious campus. However, due to its location at the Long Roundabout and the beautiful Fulgrath Central Park between it and the Mittelmarkt district, it has become a rather popular district to live in, becoming ever more densely populated and gentrified and thus ever more pricey, in fact pricing students right out of the area.
District 17, Dunwald
Dunwald, the newest district, was initially where the lower barracks of the Fulgrath military were located. As the Great Peace began to settle in the centuries surrounding the Founding of the Five Cities, more and more families moved into the area, and while the infrastructure is not on the same level as the inner city, the town-like feeling of the district has also led to growing gentrification. This and the still widely available building space within the district have garnered interest from investors all over Fulgrath, and Dunwald has seen growth spurts and influxes of wealth come and go intermittently throughout the past five centuries.
Once the district has grown densely populated and wealthy enough, it is the most likely candidate for another district split, producing the eighteenth district of Fulgrath.