The Shackled City
Welcome to the city of Cauldron!
Nestled in the Maerthwatch Mountains, just north of the Chondalwood, lies a long-dead volcano and a city home to many races, human foremost among them. This is Cauldron, a community that has seen little in the way of trouble over the years, and that is how many of the retired adventurers that have settled down here like it.
But something stirs in the caverns beneath and jungles surrounding this quiet city, and new bands of brave souls may soon have an opportunity to gain honor within its walls…or die trying.
Life in Cauldron
Cauldron’s buildings, tightly packed and built from volcanic rock and wood, line the inner bowl of a nameless, dormant volcano. Cobblestone roads form concentric circles around a small but deep lake of cold water which fills the volcanos basin. Although the town’s sewage seeps into the lake, local cleric’s routinely purify the water for the citizens in exchange for charitable donations to their temples.
A 50-foot-tall fortified wall of black malachite encircles the city, tracing the outer rim of the volcano. Four roads descend the volcano’s slopes, becoming major thoroughfares that lead to other towns and distant realms. The regions nearer the rim of the city tend to be occupied by upper class families and elite merchants. The closer one gets to the center of town (and the pungent odors of the central lake), the shoddier the construction and the more dangerous its dark alleys become.
Most people get around Cauldron on foot, although the town has its share of wagons and carriages, most of them owned by merchants and nobles.
Cauldron’s major exports come from two sources: mines and plantations. Both industries are based in the hills surrounding the city, and are managed by the various noble families who live in the area. Obsidian and diamonds are the primary products mined in the region. Plantations usually produce sugarcane and coffee. Most of those who dwell in the city itself are either merchants, scholars, or workers in the mines and plantations in the lowlands. Water is never scarce in town, but most of the city’s food must be imported from Sasserine since the local fishing and farming enterprises are meager at best.