Rat City

[PLACE HOLDER]

Town type Small town
Population 1,565 (primarily human)
GP Limit 511
Wealth 80,073
Authorities Lord Vohn of Arbourest, Captain Dorell
Full Time Guards 15
Conscriptable 78

The town is built around a wooden keep, the most recent in a long line of keeps used to defend the Kingdoms of Sothis western border. Both the keep and the township are under the authority of the Lord of Arbourest.

Arbourest is located in Lochland High, the northernmost region of Montega. Centuries ago Lochland High was part of the great Sylvan Dominion, the forested home of elves and men. After the fall of the Sylvan Dominion in 101 LA, the Court of the Waking Wood still held rites over the land, but the humans considered themselves free of Elven rule.

When the Baridorian Proclaimers of the Faith came to Montega, they discovered that Sothis had been there, saved the people from Drya, and established the Faith among them in the form of the Followers. These were "the flock on the distant hill" which she had referred to before leaving the Marianite pilgrims.

In 138 SA, when Montega was established as a nation, a keep stood on Arbourest's current location and was used by the Ashani—griffon riders—elite warriors and protectors of Lochland High. When the newly established nation sought to fortify this and neighboring keeps, the Ashani were willing, but had one condition: any lord set over the western portion of Lochland High could be appointed by the King of Owls, but the Elven Courts of the Waking Wood could deny this appointment. In the over three-hundred years since this rite has never been invoked.

The current keep was built thirty years ago on the ruins of its predecessor, which was burned down by the witch known as the Consort after killing the last of the Ashani, including Queen (Arcus' mom). The village was saved by the intervention of the Emerald Court.

Authority

  • Lord Vohn of Arbourest (Human Fighter 10); Noble; Lawful good
  • Lady Esura of Arbourest (Wood Elf Sorcerer 10)' Noble; Neutral Good
  • Captain Dorell (Human Fighter 5); Commoner; Lawful good

Populace

  • Commoners - 1304 (lumberjacks, laborers, hunters, wagoneers, servants)
  • Artisans - 36 (carvers, millers, woodworkers, cooks)
  • Aristocrats - 7 (courtiers, castellan)
  • Guards - 15 (10 level 1 fighters; 4 level 2 fighters; 1 level 3 fighter)
  • Clergy - 44 (21 level 1 clerics; 12 level 2 clerics; 8 level 3 clerics; 2 level 4 clerics; 1 level 5 cleric)
  • Followers - 12 (6 level 1 druids; 3 level 3 druids; 2 level 5 druids; 1 level 6 druid)

Stationed at Keep

  • Knights of the Faith - 18 (10 level 2 fighters; 5 level 4 fighters; 2 level 6 fighters; 1 level 8 fighter)
  • Clergy - 18 (11 level 1 clerics; 4 level 2 clerics; 2 level 4 clerics; 1 level 5 cleric)
  • Commoners - 103 (lumberjacks, laborers, hunters, wagoneers, servants)
  • Artisans - 8 (carvers, millers, woodworkers, cooks)

Shops

Tavern. Ivory Pegasus
Owner. Murphy Longgate, Male Human (Montegan)
Location. In a side street near the town gate. The street outside has a pickpocket looking for marks.
Description The tavern is a sprawling, wooden, single story building with a green, wood-shingled roof and a small vegetable garden. It contains a large, wooden wagon wheel candelabra and a fire pit cooking food in the middle of the tavern.

Offerings

  • Duck Steamed Bun with Cake (3 sp)
  • Venison Stew with Oat Bread (3 sp)
  • Meatballs Stew with Cake (4 sp)
  • Apple tart (3 cp)
  • Cider, mug (5 cp)
  • Ale, mug (4 cp)
  • Brandy, glass (1 sp)

Blacksmith. Bloom's Smithy
Owner Josiah Bloom, Male Human (Baridorian)
Location. In the artisan's district. The street outside is lined with a low, wooden wall.
Description. The blacksmith is a wooden rowhouse, with a black shingled roof and moss-covered the walls and roof. It contains taxidermied birds hanging from the ceiling and horseshoes and metal hanging from the rafters.

Offerings

  • All metal armor is 5% less than listed price.
  • Metal tools available.
  • No non-metal items available.

Blacksmith. Baridorian Arms
Owner Armond Cooley, Male Human (Baridorian)
Location. In the keep near the stables. He keeps a cow grazing on the side opposite the stable.
Description. The blacksmith is a stone, open building, with a three-quarter-roof of black shingles. It contains rows and rows of swords of various lengths but of similar design hung from the walls. This portion can be closed and locked and a tarp is ready to cover them when the weather is bad.

Offerings

  • All bladed weapons 10% more than listed price, but gain a +1 to saving throws against breaking.
  • Only metal weapons available.
  • No tool available.

Herbologist. The Elegant Apocathary
Owner. Lilly Ray, Female Human (Montegan)
Location. In a side street near the town gate. The street outside is full of market stalls.
Description The herbologist is a wooden, single-story building, with a green tile roof and a row of flowers around the building. It contains bens of herbs, a number of small braziers, and a number of distillers scattered about. A delicate, jeweled mask hangs over the hearth.

Offerings

  • Elixir of Health (115 gp)
  • Potion of Animal Friendship (194 gp)
  • Potion of Healing (50 gp)
  • All common ingredients (5-10 cp/ea)
  • 50% chance of uncommon ingredient (20-30 gp/ea)
  • 10% chance of rare ingredient (100-150 gp/ea)

Jeweler. The Church of the Faith
Leader. Stephlen Castrem, Male Human (Marianite)
Location In the center of the temple district. The street outside is lined with a low wooden wall.
Description. The church is a white timber and stone two-story building, with a white shingled roof and softly blowing chimes by the door. It has a silver symbol of the Faith. It contains a large open floor with pillars.

Offerings

  • Exquisite gold ring with an emerald set (250 gp)
  • Exquisite silver ring (3 gp)
  • A variety of jewelry at the listed price, but no additional items over 200 gp
  • Used Jeweler's Tools (phb 154) (24 gp)
  • Will buy jewelry at 50% listed value but has no more than 200 gp to spend. May barter.

Jeweler. The Decorous Eye
Owner. Jaques Estevan, Male Human (Veldarian)
Location In a temple district. The street outside is lined with a low wooden wall.
Description. The jeweler is a timber and brick two-story building, with an orange shingled roof and softly blowing chimes by the door. It has a crystalline chandelier over the central room. It contains a large open floor with pillars and a table with scattered lenses, clamps, and cutters. A guard is always on duty inside.

Offerings

  • Exquisite gold ring with an emerald set (250 gp)
  • Exquisite silver ring (3 gp)
  • A variety of jewelry at the listed price, but no additional items over 200 gp
  • Used Jeweler's Tools (phb 154) (24 gp)
  • Will buy jewelry at 50% listed value but has no more than 200 gp to spend. May barter.

General Store. Crane's Emporium
Owner. Bigsy Crane, Male Hill Dwarf
Location. In a market quarter. The street outside is next to a large public square.
Description. The general store is a log, single-story building, with a reinforced wooden door and a small enclosed deck. It contains several paintings of dwarves on the wall and closely packed shelves of goods.

Offerings

  • Potter's tools (phb 154) (10 gp)
  • Rope, silk (50 feet) (phb 153) (10 gp)
  • Lantern, hooded (phb 152) (5 gp)
  • 90% chance of items listed in phb at listed price

Housing. Small Cottages
Most houses in Arbourest are wooded-walled rowhouse, with green shingled rooves and shutters. Flower rows are common.

Okay, I can't remember the name of the city, but its ancient. It was built by Baask, and they are still its chief occupants. Others live here too, including humans, ogres, and goblins.
Under the city, in the sewers, is an idol to a rat god. The idol is always surrounded by thousands of gleaming-eyed rats. A wererat cult sacrifices people to there god here. The members of this cult wear golden medalions with the image of the idol.

Baask
Humans, Dargaulian
Ogres
Goblins
Wererats
Rats
Dire rats

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