The city of Regalia was founded by Bartholemew of Sandwich and is the home of the majority of the humans in the Underland. It is constructed primarily of stone, with many of the buildings standing at least thirty stories tall. It is lit using torchlight, and features intricate murals of the creatures inhabiting the underland. It is also the location of the palace, which houses the rulers of Regalia.
The city of Regalia first started out as a part of the Underland that Bartholomew of Sandwich had come across when arriving in the Underland. Sandwich decided to build the city he had prophesized in that spot, and it soon became the city. To build the city, the soon to be Regalians had to force out the species already inhabiting that space, the moles, or Diggers. Sandwich declared war on the Diggers, and poisoned their water supply, killing most of them. This action made the Humans earn the title Killers.
Hundreds of years later, The city was a massive fortress of stone buildings. It stood on the edge of a valley inside an enormous underground cavern. Regalia is located North of the Underland. The buildings around the city rose for up to 30-stories high and finish in artful peaks and turrets. Torches are placed around the city in a strategic manner to illuminate the entire city. Each buildings or houses are designed with carvings of Underland creatures. The Regalians had taken many precautions to protect themselves from attack, for example, dumping pots of boiling oil on enemies. The city also had a hospital, a dedicated laboratory, and an arena for games, announcements, and a place to fall back. Usually, the City would have been ruled by a single king or queen, but since Luxa's parents had been killed, and she was not of age to rule, the city was ruled by a council.
The Palace Edit
The Palace is a tall circular fortress at the far edge of the valley where the city stands. It is made of very smooth stone and does not open until two hundred feet above the ground. Anyone who enters it from the ground would have to use the platform that is lowered from the lowest window. The Underlanders usually ride bats to enter the palace but if bats can't accommodate they use the platform.The Palace was built to keep out the Regalians enemies.
The palace has many rooms but only some of them are revealed in the book, namely:
- Entering from the ground, one can only enter through a window that will lower a platform to ride up. The window leads to a small, stone staircase which leads to a large room with vaulted ceilings.
- The entrance room then leads to a hallway filled with various arched doorways that leads to different parts of the palace.
- Washing Area
- This is the first room that Gregor and his sister was lead into when they arrived in the palace. He also visited the washing area more often. The Underlanders made it clear for Gregor, the moment they arrived, that washing their scents away is very important for the Gnawers can catch it and easily locate them.
- The washing area was divided into two sections; one section for male and one for female. Each section resembles a locker room. The room is also filled with oil lamps and carvings of exotic sea creatures. Each section is also divided into three rooms:
- Changing room - covers most of each section. Open cubicles line up one side of the room and there are rows of stone benches at the middle.
- Relief room - It holds only a stone chair with an opening cut in the middle(Underland toilet).
- Cleaning room - This room has a small, steaming pool with steps leading down into the water. There are benches around the pool that provides a sitting spot for anyone who bathes in it. The pool's water run from one end to another like a stream. There's a bowl beside the pool that has a sponge and a gloopy stuff(Underland soap or shampoo). White towels are hanged on hooks by the pool.
- High Hall
- From the lowest floor, through several staircases and maze of halls, is the High Hall. It's a long room that opens out on to a balcony. The balcony is ringed with a low wall. The walls are decorated with great care but the room lacks a ceiling. It was purely intentional since the High Hall is where they welcome guests on bats.