Lima

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/__|               HOMETOWN_LIMA "HOMETOWN LIMA"                |__\
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Viceroyal Lima is home to many expert orators, poets, musicians, and doctors.
Although provincial, Limans have learned the use of basic guns in addition to
the traditional warrior skills. Skilled herbalists come from here as well,
although not quite the masters as those from Ancient Ireland. Thieves find
Lima as welcome as any place in which to live, with a good cross section of
skills available to them. Mages from here are only capable of the most
rudimentary spells.

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/__|             'VICEROYAL LIMA' 'VICEROYAL PERU' LIMA PERU              |__\
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The city of Lima, often called the City of Flowers, was the very heart of the
Viceroyalty of Peru, Spain's richest holding in the Americas. The conquered
Inca Empire left behind a legacy of silver and gold, and the Spanish
conquistadors wasted no time in creating a lovely city financed by those
riches. A massive irrigation project led to a desert along the Rimac River
becoming a lush city renowned for its olives, its pisco, and its flowers.

Spanish architecture took a sunny turn here, with the closed wooden balconies
hanging off of the sides of buildings gradually giving way to more open, airy
structures. The great Cathedral, despite its use as a center of the
Inquisition, was nonetheless a masterpiece. Although the technology was fairly
limited, Lima enjoyed a rich culture that was highly civilized. The medical
arts and knowledge of nature were both highly developed, and so was liberal
thought that eventually led to the rising tide of anti-imperialist sentiment.

During the viceroyalty the Spaniards had to cope with those among them who
sided with the native Quechua and Incas, whose living conditions were
terrible. The remnants of the Inca empire managed to fight a guerrilla war for
several years from their hidden cities in the Andes. At the same time, the
social stratification of the area intensified as the mestizos and Quechua were
relegated to squatter villages outside the beautiful city, and the hidalgos
took over the land, building plantations and exploiting the poor. They took
refuge in their reminiscences and superstitions, but the magic was gone from
Peru, despite all the efforts of the Spaniards to keep the mystique alive.
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