"The great walls towered above Angutara and wrapped around it like a phalanx of giant, sculpted sentinels. The city rose from the crowns of broad sweeping hills that overlooked a lush valley. Buildings covered the land, crowding every spare plot in a near-random jumble of architecture. The shores of the wilderness up-surged in a high tide of forestation to the walls. It was alone in the world, far removed from any other country, a full moon in an empty sky."