Once raided by someone who sounds like five hundred,
or something that crashed on Armenian highlands,
like luminous city's triumphant landmark,
a 40's gun disjoined by queen saying "aah".

Iberian grapes go through long fermenation,
adapted in order to run on some system,
so take a look north as the ship's sailing east,
divide place in German by one million squared.

A novel cob pebble a famous example,
a punishment giver or crime-fighting writer,
remember: use one hand and start with the king,
a system of status with fifty between.

A paradise minus an Edmonton constant,
a place to escape one's finance obligations,
a shelter for ships made all safe and secure,
a home theater system surrounded by fowl.

What do we have in common?

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Third Verse

CASTLE

A novel cob pebble a famous example,

Neuschwanstein Castle, which is German for "new swan stone"

a punishment giver or crime-fighting writer,

The TV show Castle features a crime-fighting writer; not sure about punishment giver

remember: use one hand and start with the king,

"castle" is a chess move. you're supposed to move the king first, and use the same hand to move the rook afterwards.

a system of status with fifty between.

cast-L-e

FINAL ANSWER

The four answers are:
Ark (@KateGregory)
Port (@oryxandcake)
Castle
Haven (@WeatherVane)

These can all be preceded by "New" to form cities in New England:
Newark (NJ), Newport (RI), Newcastle (ME), New Haven (CT)

  • 3
    Not sure if you're a fan of comics but rot13(Chavfure'f erny anzr vf Senax Pnfgyr) – m1gp0z Nov 14 at 17:16
  • This is the intended answer. The tick will follow tomorrow. – jafe Nov 14 at 18:16

Last verse:

Haven

h(E)aven
(tax) haven
haven (example Milford Haven)
h-AV-en

First verse:

ARK

Once raided by someone who sounds like five hundred,

raiders of the lost ark - I guess Indy as a nickname for Dr Jones could also evoke the Indy 500

or something that crashed on Armenian highlands,

Noah's Ark

like luminous city's triumphant landmark,

Paris is the City of Light and has the Arc d'Triomphe

a 40's gun disjoined by queen saying "aah".

That would be an ack-ack and the queen is non-rhotic so Ark comes out Ahk

Putting it all together:

Ark Port Castle Haven

are all

Places of refuge or safety?

  • rot13(Vaqvnancbyvf 500 & Vaqvnan Wbarf)? – kayzeroshort Nov 14 at 16:10
  • edited, thanks! – Kate Gregory Nov 14 at 16:11

Second Verse:

Port

Reasoning:

Iberian grapes go through long fermenation, - Iberian wine is port, I think.
adapted in order to run on some system, - software can be ported
so take a look north as the ship's sailing east, - if you face east and look north, you're looking to the left, i.e. the port side of the ship
divide place in German by one million squared. - not sure about this? Something to do with "Ort"?

  • 2
    last line - you found the correct base, and it has an SI prefix – pt314 Nov 15 at 10:45

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