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  • Riddleport

    [[File:625866 | class=media-item-align-none | Riddleport_Flag.jpg]] Riddleport runs with the blood and booze of countless bar brawls., and it jingles to the tune of coins sliding from greasy purse to greasy palm. It's a city of pirates, smugglers, …

  • Cyphergate

    The enigmatic Cyphergate looms large over Riddleprot's Harbor, a constant reminder of the transience of life and even civilization, since few can even imagine what society might have raised this architectural wonder. The arch rise 350 feet above the water …

  • Riddleport Harbor

    Riddleport’s harbor is a somewhat crowded natural cove grown increasingly dense with piers and ship traffic. Runoff from the city’s sewage gutters and silt from the ever-muddy Velashu River sometimes transforms the water into a nasty brown, but for the …

  • Inner Harbor

    A smaller harbor at the river’s mouth, the Inner Harbor’s pricier berths provide more direct access to the mills and mercantile buildings. Unfortunately, the number of pollutants in the slow-flowing river from the city’s sewage gutters and mills makes …

  • Velashu Ferry

    When Riddleport was founded, it often had difficulty with the goblins, ogres, and trolls that dwelt in the Calphiak Mountains. While these creatures have dwindled in number since then, the traditional ban on building bridges over the Velashu remains. …

  • River District

    This section of the town runs along both banks of the Velashu River. It consists primarily of shops and fulling mills that turn out the few trade items manufactured in Riddleport, mainly finished metal goods, lumber, fulled cloth, tanned hides, and cured …

  • Windward District

    This affluent section of Riddleport consists of sturdy timber structures built upon the slopes of the city’s western ridgeline. It gains its name from the warm summer breezes that come in off of the gulf. Winding paths with steps cut into the bare stone …

  • Cypher Lodge

    This grand structure of stone and timber sits perched upon a lonely crag nestled against the very slope of the mountain, and provides a panoramic view of both the gulf and the city. More importantly, its three wings look directly out over the Cyphergate. …

  • Wharf District

    This raucous district lies hard on the edge of the very docks of the city and is where much of the city’s day-to-day action of commerce and thievery occurs. Nearest the docks are a series of warehouses and cheap grog shops where merchant and pirate crews …

  • Zincher's Arena

    This massive stone structure dominates the Wharf District. Brutal contests of strength and combat prowess between slaves, criminals, professional gladiators, and captured wild beasts and monsters are held here for the public’s entertainment, but so are …

  • Gas Forges

    The Cyphergate is not the only unique local feature, merely the most obvious. The second, more subtle peculiarity is also the primary reason for Riddleport’s prosperity, for the location sits above a large deposit of carbauxine, a rare gas normally found …

  • Rotgut District

    This district of disheveled businesses and collapsing tenements is crammed up against the city’s protective ridge. Easily the poorest section in the city proper, Rotgut also hosts the highest crime rate and the most brothels and alehouses per capita. …

  • Riddleport Light

    Built on a lonely crag at the terminus of Riddleport’s eastern ridge, this beacon tower provides guidance to the safety of the harbor and away from the treacherous rocks just to the east of the harbor mouth. It can only be reached by a narrow winding …

  • Leeward District

    Riddleport’s largest district, Leeward is built into the protecting curve of the city’s eastern ridge, where it is sheltered from the worst of the winter winds. The majority of the city’s population resides in the tall tenements of this district, and most …

  • House of the Silken Veil

    This octagonal pyramid is topped by a blood-red steeple. The walls were once of white marble but are now grimed and stained by years of exposure to the salt air and the pollutants of the Gas Forges, giving it a dreary, unhealthy look. But the silken …

  • The Fish Bowl

    This bowl-shaped structure is open to the air and has a saltwater pool at its center, earning it its common nickname. In fact, this site is the city’s temple of a relatively minor goddess called Besmara, goddess of piracy, strife, and sea monsters. …

  • The River Runner

    This large establishment is perched on a bluff overlooking the Velashu. Once grandiose, now its paint peels and the shingles of its roof are missing in several places. Though still a functional, if somewhat pricey, inn, the River Runner’s true purpose (as …

  • Lubbertown

    Reflecting Riddleport’s early days as a purely nautical destination, this shanty town of tents and simple dwellings sprung up outside the gates and beyond the official reach of the overlord’s taxes. Known derisively as Lubbertown for the fact that most of …

  • The Burying Ground

    The land in and around Riddleport is either low-lying and saturated by the high water table or consists of rocky peaks and ridges— neither of which make ideal conditions for the interment of the deceased. As a result, this low hill conveniently located …

  • Boneyard Cut

    Climbing over Riddleport’s eastern ridge, this pass ascends almost 200 feet at a near-45-degree angle. Garbage is carried over this pass on mule-drawn carts in well-worn ruts and then down at a shallower angle to a ledge 40 feet above the salt marsh. At …

  • The Boneyard

    This deceptively named place actually serves as the city’s dump and ship’s graveyard rather than the intended final resting place for the once-living, though there are certainly enough corpses that end up concealed here to give most city graveyards a run …

  • Boss Croats Compound

    Several buildings of the Leeward District here have been connected by a 15-foot wall topped with a spiked parapet. Boss Croat operates from inside this fortress, where wagonloads of the illicit drugs and contraband he sells are carted in under heavy guard …

  • The Devils Fork

    Riddleport’s military district is nestled into the draws formed by the rocky ridgeline that guards the city’s east and north sides. The Fork guards the northern approach to the city. Within the draws have been constructed a stableyard and barracks for the …

  • Maskyrs Island

    Named for Cabriem Maskyr, the pirate captain who became the first overlord of Riddleport, this islet in the center of the Velashu River holds the current overlord’s citadel and estate as well as many of the city’s various administration buildings. Several …

  • Riddleport Government

    The titular head of the Riddleport government is the self appointed Overlord of Riddleport, a position traditionally held for life. Riddleport’s current overlord is a former pirate captain named Gaston Cromarcky. Since the city’s founding, Riddleport has …

  • Serp Abagnal

    Born and raised in Riddleport, he's been a business man helping connect one party to another. Black hair, brown eyes, tanned skin, 6'1", slight build. Occasionally makes a market connecting witches and cyphermages with Thassilonian artifacts with buyers. …

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