Langlois

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Langlois
Langlois collage.jpg
Top, left to right: Place de la Mairie, spire of St. Peter's Basilica, Tour Maudit, Hôtel de la Tête d'Or on Canal Lafrance.
Province
Country
 Beaulac
Flag of Kelssek Kelssek
Population
City
Metro area
 
2,664,094
3,793,612 (11th)
Time zone Kelssek Coastal Time
(+8 UTC; +9 UTC in summer)

Langlois is a city on the Salt Coast of southeastern Beaulac. The ornate architecture and cultural value of its ancient city centre is recognized as a Kelssek Heritage Site. It is the third-largest city in the province and Kelssek's 11th-largest metropolitan area, and Frankish is the primary language spoken in the city. The city is an important seaport and a centre for biotech industries, higher education, digital media production, and heavy vehicles production. Important institutions include the Université nationale beaulacoise (UniNat), a major research university, and the Museé des Metiers, recognized as a leading museum of economic history.

The city grew as an important ocean port around the Langlois Harbour. As the richest and most powerful of the city-states that formed the Rabond League, it was a dominant centre of commerce and trade during Kelssek's medevieal era. It was the earliest centre of banking in eastern Kelssek, and dominated the region's trade in textiles, spices, and wine. The industrial era saw Langlois overtaken as Beaulac's main economic centre by Outineau, which became the centre of manufacturing and saw trade divert north to Lake Claire and the Haligonia river, helped by the construction of the Canal du Meridien.

During the Kelssek Revolution, aristocratic and wealthy merchant classes were the main source of resistance to the overthrow of the old regime in Beaulac. Over 3000 leaders of the "Traders' Resistance" were killed in a mass execution when the city surrendered to Republican forces.

Culture and attractions[edit]

Langlois's well preserved architecture, highly-reputed cuisine, and cultural life make it a highly-visited tourist destination. An important landmark of Langlois is the harbour's three ancient fortifications: Tour Maudit (the Cursed Tower), Tour du Roi (the King's Tower), and Tour des Moustiques (Tower of Mosquitoes). The three towers feature on the city's coat of arms as well as on the crest of the Langlois Océanic football club.

A prominent and long-standing feature of the city's culinary scene are mi-bouches, bistros clustered around the city's many squares which serve a variety of charcuterie and hot seafood-based dishes with bread in snack-size portions. Unless visitors intend to enrage the locals, this should not be referred to as "tapas" or "small plates" under any circumstances.

Sport[edit]

Olympique Langlois is one of Kelssek's oldest and most successful hockey teams, and its main rivalry is with CH Outineau. As the first team in Kelssek to use the name (which is, inevitably, an issue of dispute) one of their fans' most well-known chants is "Y'a un seul Olympique, le mieux Olympique" (There's only one Olympqiue, the best Olympique).

In soccer, Océanic CF plays the Salt Coast derby (known in Frankish as the derby du sel) against CF Saint-Richard, which is seen as a contest between the rich and cosmopolitan Langloisiens against the humble, industrious Saint-Richardins.

Professional sports teams
Team name Sport League Home venue
Club aquatique de Langlois Water polo Water Polo Premier League Complexe sportif Des Plages
Langlois Océanic Football Kelssek Football League Stade de la Pacifique
Olympique Langlois Ice hockey Kelssek Hockey League Aréna Olympique

Transportation[edit]

Public transport operator Agence de Transport de Langlois operates a light rail and bus network with major interchanges at Place de la Mairie, Bel-Air, and Roucare. The city has two main railway hubs. Gare Place-des-Patriotes is the station for Velocit Pacific services to Neorvins, Breton and Dartmoor Velocit services to Champjaune and Outineau, as well as services of the Beaulac railway network, terminate at Gare de Langlois-Ouest. Aéroport Tambis is Langlois's main international airport and is accessible to the city centre through a train service to Place-des-Patriotes.