Old Ones of Azamar
City of River's End
River’s End is a city-state that controls one of the largest and most prosperous cities, a gentle, easily navigable harbor, and the surrounding environs from Tollgate in the north, the edge of the Sylvari Forest in the West, and the Mudglades in the east, with the unique exception of the independent town of Willowshire which pays taxes for River’s End protection but retains it’s own governance.
River’s End is ruled by the Consortium, an international cooperation of guildmasters, powerful merchants, and business rulers. Freedom is prized highly by the people of River’s End, as the Consortium has learned that restrictions to personal liberty tend to get in the way of individual prosperity and consumership. The most noted exception to this rule of freedom is in regards to crafts and trade, where a rigidly-enforced caste and guild system is in place. Even the city’s criminal element is reluctant to cross the powerful guilds by acting too independently too openly.
Being basically the world-wide center of trade, River’s End boasts an incredibly racially diverse population, some of the most prestigious schools and academies, and a world-famous Temple District with some of the most elaborate temples and cathedrals in Azamar. Just about any good or service is available, and highly-regulated, and even magical items can be purchased, albeit at closed options and at exorbitant prices.
The city is unofficially broken up into districts and boroughs that represent what things are available there.
On an island in the middle of the river’s mouth is the Merchant Keep, home to the First Minister, foreign ambassadors, elected representatives of the Consortium, and the seat of River’s End political power.
Notables in the Merchant Keep:
Lord High Guilder Emond Rivendar, First Minister of the Consortium, Protector of River’s End. Emond recently took office on New Year’s Day, 3618 and is elected by the Consortium to serve a 6 year term. Emond is a stern Kaindellian horse trader who handles city affairs in a business-like, no-nonsense style. At present he has yet to make any broad, sweeping changes, seemingly content with business as usual.
The largest “district” is the Trade District, which is further divided into “rows” based upon what goods are known to be there. For example, for some of the finest clothing in the world, one would visit the “Garment Row,” and those looking for some female companionship may visit “Brothel Row.” Of course, goods and services are provided wherever the shops happen to be opened up, but having a shop “on the row” is the dream of most any merchant in Azamar.
Notables in the Trade District:
Hamad ibn Almazin is the guildmaster of the Adventurer’s Guild. He prefers to handle most of the guild business personally. Those in need of adventurous people willing to put their life on the line come to Hamad, who sells the contacts for a small fee and arranges adventuring parties to handle the situation. Hamad is a mysterious Al-Kazaran rogue who seems to have an almost supernatural knack for finding the right groups for the right job. He has an extensive network of “talent scouts” who wander the lands, looking for the most promising adventurers to enhance the reputation and coffers of the guild.
In the southwestern portion of the city the “roads” are mostly waterways and the district is predictably called the Canals. The elaborate system of waterways and bridges make the area beautiful and defensible; so land is relatively rare and at a premium, making this the home of some of the wealthiest local residents.
Notables in the Canals:
Aelrue Arren is a high elven noblewoman from the Sylvari Forest. It is rumored that she is an exile, but her vast wealth and influence keep the prudent from voicing such rumors in her hearing. She is known as a moneylender and investor, as well as being a powerful wizard.
The University District is the most prestigious center of education in the land. There are schools for almost any desired course of study, the most notable being the Arcane Academy, where wizards are taught their craft, and some warlocks and sorcerers attend to hone their skills. Graduates of the Arcane Academy are called back to serve a tenure as instructors, and being called back is considered the highest of honors. This tradition ensures that new mages are being instructed by some of the most famous and knowledgeable practitioners of the arcane arts.
Notables in the University District:
The current Headmaster of the Arcane Academy is a gnome who goes by the simple moniker of Gnorm. He very rarely uses magic, but possesses an unparalleled knowledge of all things arcane. No one knows where he came from or even how old he is, as he doesn’t seem to age. Gnorm is a mysterious and eccentric fellow, but in his dealings with students and peers he displays a wry humor and a compassionate heart.
Storri Ovbek is a dwarven sage who makes his home in the University District. He has an eidetic memory and a vast library, where he lends books and answers questions. His prices can be steep, as he is the most noted sage in the area and he possesses the typical dwarven lust for gold.
The Temple district is the center of worship in River’s End. There are cathedrals and temples to deities and pantheons from all around the known world. The Temple district is a prime tourist destination for both those on a pilgrimage and those who just want to view the sheer grandeur of some of the most elaborate places of worship the world over. Religious freedom is a highly prized right in River’s End, except where it interferes with the laws of the land.
Notables in the Temple District:
His High Serenity Jean-Luc Beaumont is a Genevieve paladin of the Light. He heads the enormous Cathedral of the Light in River’s End. The Cathedral holds religious ceremonies and trains acolytes for the worship of the Light, the dominant religion in the area. Jean-Luc is widely known as an ex-adventurer whose party stopped a cult of Asmodeus from bringing the Devil Lord fully into the world. An old man, Jean-Luc is still very charming and keeps in top physical shape.
The Mad Prophet is what many call a strange man who has recently appeared in the Temple district standing on corners and proclaiming the doom of Azamar. He has been disturbing both clerics and worshippers by decrying their gods as “children who will soon be disciplined.”