Mystic City , a 640-acre metropolis, began to arise in 1592, starting with Spookum Alley in Severance, the largest of Hoopenfangia’s ten interconnected island regions. The Sanguinati and Mystic Ministry believe the architect and master builder of Mystic City to be Usabelli, a head vespercestor from 1641 to 1671, and claim she is the mysterious Great Witch. She also designed and oversaw the construction of Mystic Steeples, an enormous stone citadel rising protectively around the city in a majestic expanse. Mystic Steeples houses Mystic Ministry, a multi-level administrative body whose vespercestors rule over the Sanguinati, the most prominent and elite society of witches. Mystic Steeples, crowned by hundreds of steeples and towers that rise to the clouds, surrounds Mystic City, making it appear as a sunken labyrinth. Fire burned much of Mystic City in 1649.
Broad Map of Mystic Steeples, Mystic City,
and Grossatete Sanatorium
Magnified Map of Mystic City
Mystic City was constructed in a rectangle; the outer roads: Skullhead, Stumptoe, Ickylous, and Pluvia border the interior walls of Mystic Steeples and are wider; therefore they are called streets; the interior roads of Mystic City are often narrow and are called alleys. Most alleys are one-way roads, and some of these alleys are too narrow for most carriages to pass through and are therefore not visible on the map. All the roads are paved with either brick or cobblestone.
Detailed Directory of streets, Businesses and Areas of Interest Boarding Mystic City in Severance, Hoopenfangia
Bootjack Square: The largest park or square only steps away from Obli Gate, the interior entry to Mystic Steeples, in Severance, Hoopenfangia. This iron-fenced square has lots of shady live oaks, grass, and park benches.
Buckthorn Hall Side Entry: This gated tunnel cuts through Buckthorn Hall and exits away from the city and Mystic Steeples (the exterior) and onto Salty Charm Avenue in Severance, Hoopenfangia. This side entry also exits onto Stumptoe Street into Mystic City
Charnel Alley: Alley near the western end of Mystic City; it runs from Pluvia Street to Skullhead Street.
Crescent Moon Quarter: Also called the Crescent Moon District, it is known as the darkest heart of Mystic City, the oldest and most famous region in Severance, Hoopenfangia.
Crooked Spine Alley: A central alley in Mystic City with a curve near its center, packed with interesting shops such as Wishful Witches Castle of Costumes.
Crumrod Crawl: The most popular alley crowded with nightclubs, cabarets, curiosity shops, vaudeville theaters, souvenir shops, and shady magic shops. Bustling twenty-four hours every day, pedestrians usually have to inch down the alley because of the dense crowd. Drunken witches and Nizzertits cut through Spookum Alley from Crumrod Crawl like clockwork.
Dis Entrance: The back entry of Mystic Chantry, located on the back left side of the chantry under the steep steps leading up to the choir loft. This exit leads to Ickylous Street and the Riverwalk toward the Severance River.
Dragon Racing Ticket Shop: Located on Crooked Spine Alley beside Bootjack Square.
Enchanted Entertainments and Sporting Division: This department, located in Skull Plaza, coordinates, regulates, and promotes Spurgmulin Tournaments, Dragon Races, as well as other Sanguinati recreations.
Envisage: A fashionable neighborhood district and alley occupying several blocks between Ickylous and Skullhead Street.
Finicky Finger of Fate Legal Palm Readers: Palm reading attorneys’ office at the intersection of Skullhead near an abandoned hospital.
Fridline Alley: (Fridline rhymes with fig line.) An alley named after Ancient Ancestor of Peace Fridline Sibyl. Strolling down this alley from one end to the other is said to resolve a troubled mind.
Herb’s House of Herbs: A shingled building owned by a man named Herb who sells herbs. It is located on Crooked Spine Alley in Mystic City.
House of Candlewicke: The oldest and largest mansion in Mystic City, now abandoned.
Ickylous Street: (Ickylous rhymes with tricky goose.) The main street bordering the western wing of Mystic Steeples. Ickylous Street has a middle alley at the intersection of Crumrod Crawl that exits the city between Toadflax Hall and Mystic Chantry.
Lunar Nooner Library: Old library on Craft Street at the intersection of Zodiac Alley. Constructed in a grandiose manner, it rises two stories with two large crescent moon wings on the first floor, one large crescent moon on the second floor, and a small dome on the top like a jewel on a crown.
Mystic Circle: A central alley that travels behind Bootjack Square in Mystic City. There are several restaurants on this alley.
Mystic City: Much of the Sanguinati and Mystic Ministry believe that the Great Witch is Usabelli, head vespercestor from 1641 to 1671. They believe she designed and oversaw the 640-acre construction of Mystic City in 1592, starting with Spookum Alley, in what became known as the Crescent Moon district in the darkest heart of Severance, the largest of Hoopenfangia’s ten interconnected island regions. After the Great Witch built Mystic City, construction began on Mystic Steeples, an enormous, ancient stone citadel rising protectively around the city in a majestic expanse.
Mystic Steeples houses Mystic Ministry, a multi-level administrative body whose vespercestors rule over the Sanguinati, the most prominent and elite society of witches. Mystic Steeples, crowned by hundreds of steeples and towers that rise to the clouds surrounds Mystic City, making it appear as a sunken labyrinth. Fire burned much of Mystic City in 1649.
Mystic Infirmary: Hospital on Intercession Alley and Crooked Spine Alley in Mystic City.
Mystic Steeples: Founded in 1596, Mystic Steeples is an enormous, ancient citadel in Severance, the largest of Hoopenfangia’s ten interconnected island regions. The kingdom’s majestic expanse houses Mystic Ministry, an administrative hierarchy whose vespercestors rule over the Sanguinati, the most prominent and elite society of witches — the second being Toadvine Citadel. Mystic Steeples also houses workers and apprentices who choose not to live in their coven houses, usually because they are elderly or married with children. Much of the Sanguinati believe that the Great Witch designed and oversaw the construction of the 640-acre metropolis, known as Mystic City, before building Mystic Steeples around the city, making the metropolis inside the citadel appear as a sunken labyrinth by comparison. Some speculate that Usabelli (head vespercestor from 1641 to 1671) was this Great Witch.
Mystic Steeples is crowned by hundreds of steeples and towers that rise to the clouds, and massive carved spires with open-arched windows, each guarded by a stone Ancient who appears ready to cast a curse on trespassers. Buckthorn Hall and Toadflax Hall are the two main wings (theurgists’ halls) of the citadel, and they each rise ten stories over the city. Mounted on the exterior walls of these east and west halls are an army of stone gargoyles.
Sanguinati apprentices of magic on different levels attend daily assemblies in the countless rooms of Mystic Steeples, where they learn different forms of witchcraft from theurgists. Mystic Steeples is not a school in the modern sense; it is an enormous sovereign institution, a chantry with assemblies lasting all day and all week.
National Endangered Beasts and Beings Commission: The task force endeavors to protect every wild beast and magical being in Hoopenfangia, along with the few surviving dinosaurs. This department is located in Skull Plaza.
Pronunciation: [AH-bleh Gate].
The interior entry to Mystic Steeples is a series of steps facing Bootjack Square in Mystic City. Also at this entry is a covered carriageway with a formal garden shadowed by live oaks. Some of the walks here have pea gravel and animated statues. If not flying brooms, Sanguinati apprentices often gather under the canopy of a wisteria-covered gazebo to await carriage drivers to pick them up. The interior entry leads to the Atrium of Mystic Steeples, where the Bound Order of the Zodiac Hexagram is stationed in alcoves. For the main exterior entry to Mystic Steeples, see the Propa Gate.
Palm Readers’ Palace: A palace of palm readers on Mystic Circle.
Pizzazz-A-Pastries: All types of paranormal pastries, including pentacle pies, quirky quiches, intoxicating tartlets, divine donuts, enchanting eclairs, cinnamon stars, wraith cakes, filo-hero pastries, treacled steeples, fun buns, magical macarons, boo-choux pastries, flaky-n-crazy and huff-n-puff pastries. Pizzazz-A-Pastries is located beside Spurgmulin Sporting Surplus on Shickbone Alley in Mystic City.
Pluvia Street: The main street bordering the southern wing of Mystic Steeples at the entry of the Spurgmulin Dome in Mystic City. Pluvia Street maintains torrential rain all day, every day of the year.
Propa Gate:Pronunciation: [PRAH-puh Gate].
Designed to make a grand impression on visitors and tourists, Propa Gate is the main exterior entry to Mystic Steeples, nestled between the legs of a giant stone gargoyle that squats over the entry. The gargoyle’s bat-like wings remain unfurled as a protective wall between the Severance River and the formal garden. Past the gate, the stone bridge crosses over the river and has an extensive rise of steps leading up to the front entry of Mystic Steeples with its double-dragon doorknockers with iron wings. For the interior entry to Mystic Steeples, see the Obli Gate.
Rogue and Batson Book Shop: The top bookseller in Severance, Hoopenfangia, located between Shickbone Alley and Palm Readers’ Palace on Mystic Circle in Mystic City.
Sanguinati Alley:Pronunciation: [saNG-win-nAH-tee].
Runs from Pluvia Street to Skullhead Street.
Sanguinati Savings and Loan:
The main bank in Mystic City.
Shickbone Alley: (Rhymes with Kick bone.) Curved alley in the Crescent Moon Quarter between Sanguinati Alley and Spookum Alley bordering the right side of Shickbone Cathedral.
Shickbone Cathedral: The oldest cathedral located on foreboding Shickbone Alley in the Crescent Moon Quarter between Sanguinati Alley and Spookum Alley in Mystic City.
Skullhead Street: Main street flanking the northern wing (interior entry) of Mystic Steeples. At the center of Skullhead Street, directly in front of Bootjack Square, are the steps leading to the Grand Hall of Mystic Steeples.
Skull Plaza: A plaza off Skullhead Street containing Sanguinati governmental departments, sectors, branches, and groups not housed in Mystic Steeples. The plaza is laid out like a skull and has a courtyard with a fountain in the nose. See Map of Mystic City.*
Spookum Alley: The oldest and darkest alley in the Crescent Moon section of Mystic City, in Severance, Hoopenfangia; considered the dark heart of Mystic City. Candlewicke Mansion occupies a large part of this alley.
Spurgmulin Sporting Surplus:Pronunciation: Spurgmulin [spurg-MULL-in].
Beside Pizzazz-A Pastries on Shickbone Alley behind Herb’s House of Herbs in Mystic City.
Stumptoe Street: Main street flanking the eastern wing of Mystic Steeples. It has a middle exit at the intersection of Crumrod Crawl, which divides Mystic City in half. This exit is located between Buckthorn Hall and the Hall of Consumption. The exterior part of the exit is called Salty Charm Lane, and it leads to Woobind Terraces, then outward toward Catacomb Lane, Okosasa Occult Shop, the amusement park, and continues south of Mystic Steeples behind the Spurgmulin Dome and onward toward Grossatete Sanatorium.
One of the main suppliers of illicit magic supplies and goods on seedy Crumrod Crawl. Some of the Sanguinati Ministry buys magic items from this old shop.
Tick Tock Opa Clockmaker: Clockmaker located on Crooked Spine Alley in Mystic City — beside Ye Olde Lonely Lamppost with a narrow passage between them. They sell and repair every type of clock.
Toadflax Hall Exterior Entry: The western (exterior) side-entry leads into the region of Severance, Hoopenfangia. The interior side entry leads to Ickylous Alley.
Wanda Warroda’s World of Wands:Pronunciation: [WAND-uh War-ROD-uh].
The largest supplier of magic wands in Hoopenfangia, located in the Envisage area.
Wicked Rixley’s Broom Factory: (Rixley’s rhymes with Rick’s Knees.) The largest witches’ broom factory in Hoopenfangia, located in Mystic Circle near Bootjack Square in Mystic City.
Wishful Witches Castle of Costumes: On Crooked Spine Alley in Mystic City. Nizzertit children and adults, in particular, purchase reproduction Sanguinati costumes here. There are also Sorcerer costumes and Noctivatian witch costumes, which are mostly worn at Halloween. There are also costumes of every enchanted beast available for rent or purchase, year round.
Ye Olde Lonely Lamppost: Lighting fixture store located on Crooked Spine Alley in Mystic City beside Tick Tock Opa Clockmaker with a narrow passage between them. They sell and repair lanterns, gas lamps, chandeliers, candelabras, candelabrums, and candles of every kind.
Zodiac Alley: An alley that runs parallel between Pluvia Street and Intercession Alley.
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