Mondstadt (German: Mondstadt "Moon City") is one of the seven nations in Teyvat, and the first in which the Traveler starts to look for their lost sibling. It is the city-state that worships Barbatos, the Anemo Archon.
Ever since the beginning, Mondstadt has celebrated a festival called the Ludi Harpastum every year, with 15 days of games for the children to enjoy.
The Prologue takes place in this region. In Teyvat Chapter Storyline Preview: Travail, Dainsleif says of Mondstadt: "The dragon who defended Mondstadt for a millennium finally faces his perturbation. What does freedom really mean, when demanded of you by a god?"
A city of freedom that lies in the northeast of Teyvat. From amongst mountains and wide-open plains, carefree breezes carry the scent of dandelions — a gift from the Anemo God, Barbatos — across Cider Lake to Mondstadt, which sits on an island in the middle of the lake.
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Two thousand and six hundred years ago, the nation of Mondstadt was divided between two warring powers: the Anemo Archon and Lord of Storms, Decarabian, and the King of the North, Andrius. Andrius was unable to lay a scratch on Decarabian's tower, which was protected by fierce gales. While Decarabian protected his people, he gave them no freedom; they would never be able to leave the storm walls that surrounded the city.
Hoping to one day see the rest of the world, a Nameless Bard led a rebellion against Decarabian with the help of an "elf" (the elemental spirit who would become Barbatos), Decarabian's former lover Amos, and an unnamed knight. Decarabian was defeated, but at a great cost — the Nameless Bard was among those who fell in battle. After Andrius chose to forego the position of Anemo Archon and instead passed on to become one with the land, Barbatos became the new Anemo Archon and reshaped Mondstadt into its current landscape. After the Archon War ended, he also become one of the founding members of The Seven. At some point, Dvalin the dragon was born, and befriended Barbatos.
After a while, the Anemo Archon departed from Mondstadt to avoid becoming a tyrant himself, and the city was eventually ruled by aristocrats. Unfortunately, over the next thousand years, they grew more and more corrupt until they became the very tyrants Barbatos wished to avoid becoming, Reawoken to the cries of a slave girl, Vennessa, Barbatos aided her rebellion and the aristocracy was overthrown. She established the Knights of Favonius to prevent any aristocrats from taking over again. In time, she became known as the Dandelion Knight, and also re-established the power of the Church. The Four Winds were established — Andrius' spirit, which had taken on the form of a wolf made of ice and wind, became the Wolf of the North; Dvalin became the Dragon of the East; Vennessa, who ascended to Celestia, became the Falcon of the West; and whoever holds the title of Dandelion Knight (for now it is Acting Grand Master: Jean) becomes the Lion of the South.
A hundred years ago, after the fall of the Kingdom of Khaenri'ah, the city was attacked by the black serpentine dragon Durin, who was created by an alchemist named Gold. Barbatos summoned Dvalin to fight Durin, and Dvalin eventually emerged victorious after an intense battle over Dragonspine. Afterwards, injured by Durin's poisonous blood, Dvalin fell into a deep slumber.
Six months ago, the current Grand Master, Varka, led the majority of Knight of Favonius on an expedition to parts unknown, leaving Jean as the Acting Grand Master. At the beginning of the story, Mondstadt was being attacked by a dragon named Stormterror.
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First Visit to Mondstadt
|Mondstadt||The namesake of the nation.
It features cobblestone streets and has several windmills both large and small dotting the city. The lower area houses the market district, while the upper area is for the Cathedral and the Library.
|Cider Lake||A natural freshwater lake.
The lake's wide, crystalline appearance has remained unchanged for eons — so clear you can see the bottom, and cool and refreshing to drink. It is none other than these headwaters that brought Mondstadt's ciders and wines to fame and made the lake the symbol of Mondstadt that it is today.
|Falcon Coast||Stretching eastward from Windrise to the sea, Falcon Coast — together with Cape Oath — shelters the sea from three sides, creating a bay that sits east of Mondstadt.
Given the long coastline and shallow waters, citizens of Mondstadt often come here to enjoy a nice stroll. On occasion, you can see falcons soaring high above the blue waves that brush upon the white sand.
|Cape Oath||In the southeast corner of Mondstadt's surrounds lies a cape that borders with Galesong Hill.
Legend has it two lovers made an oath to each other here, and left behind a deeply touching story. To this day the area is still known to be popular amongst young lovebirds.
|Dawn Winery||Nestled in the land southwest of Mondstadt sits the winery that has passed down the legacy of Mondstadt's traditional wines and ciders for generations.
The grapes grown here are used to produce a range of wines that are popular right across Teyvat.
|Springvale||A sleepy little village to the south of Mondstadt, that sits facing the lake that surrounds the city.
Most of the village's residents are hunters that provide fresh meat for all the big restaurants of Mondstadt.
|Thousand Winds Temple||A collection of temple ruins that sits northeast of Mondstadt.
According to local legend, millennia ago this area was a temple for worshipping the Anemo God. Though it has been left to waste for centuries, leaving the ruins you see today. If you look closely at some of the stone pillars, you can still faintly make out some elegant carvings.
|Musk Reef||It's a small island to the east of Cape Oath, only accessible by solving a puzzle there (found in the video). At Musk Reef, you will find the Spiral Abyss that requires Adventure Rank 20 to enter.|
|Dragonspine||A tall snow-covered mountain to the south of Mondstadt.|
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- Mondstadt is inspired by Germany.
- Mondstadt is German for "Moon City", and the architecture of Mondstadt is inspired by half-timbered houses, medieval buildings that are typical for Germany.
- Many of Mondstadt's characters have German names or titles: Klee means "clover" in German. Fischl, the Prinzessin der Verurteilung means "Princess of Condemnation". Albedo, the Kreideprinz means "Prince of Chalk". Diona of Kätzlein bloodline means "Kitten" bloodline...
- The most important statue of Barbatos stands at Windrise under a massive oak tree. The oak is the national tree of Germany, thus oak leaves are a prominent symbol on most German military orders and currency.
- The de-facto ruling body of Mondstadt are the Knights of Favonius which mirrors the State of the Teutonic Order, in which the Grand Master of the Order is the head of state.
- Mondstadt considers its trademarks the Dandelion, Flight and Wine, being the very few things that Mondstadt learned from the Wind Archon to build Mondstadt.
- Roses in Mondstadt, instead of love, represent the saying "As wine bottles are corked, so too are my lips sealed." It encourages people to keep one another's secrets.
- Citizens and people in Liyue often mock Mondstadt for being a city without rule with their god abandoned, showcasing the contrast between how others view freedom vs constitution. They are also unaware of the reasons as to why the Anemo Archon decided not to rule over Mondstadt, which may hint that every other nation shares the same outlook.