The Shackled City
A list of Cauldron Locations:
o Ash Avenue – A street in Cauldron, the nearest street to the Crater Lake.
o Blue Crater Academy – One of the tallest buildings in Cauldron, Bluecrater Academyis also the primary place of learning here. The building has five stories, each of which is dedicated to an increasing level of education. Financially supported partially by tuition fees (but also by the support of nobles) Bluecrater Academy is where the lucky youth of Cauldron go to learn a trade.
The Academy has extensive libraries and research offices for those lucky enough to be allowed access.
o Cathedral Of Wee Jas – This towering structure is one of the most impressive and beautiful in Cauldron. The church of Wee Jas has always been powerful in Cauldron, but not as well liked as the churches of St Cuthbert of Kord, since the clerics of this church tend to be standoffish, curt and even creepy.
o Cauldron Region – The nearest large city is the city of Sassarine, which lies more than a weeks hard travel to the north and is part of the Kindom of Garance. The Cauldron region though is so far from the capital that most people living there have never seen one of the Kings guards or ever paid a penny of tax to the Crown.
The major city in the region is of course the City Of Cauldron. Other human populated places in the region are the villages of Redgorge, Kingfisher Hollow and Hollowsky. There are other places to visit in the area though. Firstly there is the Lucky Monkey a small stop off for travellers going north which is about a days travel out of Cauldron. The rest of the interesting places in the region don’t attract many visits from your average Cauldronite, being that places such as Demonskar, The Hanunted Village, Keep Of Jarl Khurok and the Ruins Of Shatterhorn are rumoured to be haunted by undead, demons or worse.
o Church Of Pelor – This small yellow tower is tended by a single cleric named Kristof Jurgensen.
o Church Of St Cuthbert – A large white building with slashes of blue running through the stone. It is in stark contrast to the Obsideon black buildings that surround it.
A pair of white marble statues depicting armoured warriors stands on either side of the entrance. Each statue raises a great mace to the sky. Above the door’s marble arhitrave are boldly inscribed the following words: “WITHIN LAW LIVES HOPE”.
o City Of Cauldron – Cauldron’s buildings are relatively tightly packed together, and made primarily of volcanic stone and wood. The four main roadways are cobbled and wide enough to support several wagons abreast. Smaller avenues connect the four roadways, which form concentric terraces down to the lake in the center of the town. From outer to inner, the avenues are named Obsidian, Magma, Lava, and Ash. Sewage from privies runs underneath the streets in specially built trenches, which all houses feed into. The runoff outlets are dug deeply into the heart of the lake, which is periodically purified by the clerics of the town to ensure that any sewage that doesn’t sink into the volcano’s depths is neutralized.
A 50 foot high wall of black malachite surrounds the outermost ring of the city. The closer you are to the wall, the nicer the accommodations and the more likely you are to encounter nobility. The closer you are to the lake, the shoddier the construction and the more likely you are to get your coin-purse nicked. Houses directly on the lake are often built with stilts to protect against flooding during the rainy season in winter.
Most people get around on foot, although the town has it’s share of wagons and carriages, the majority of them owned by nobles and merchants.
Major exports come from two sources. There are Obsidian and diamonds from the mines and sugar cane and coffe from the plantations. Both of these industries can be found in the hills sourrounding the city, and they are managed by various noble families in the area.
Most of the people who live in the city are either miners or plantation workers, scholers or merchants. Water is never scarce although most of the Cities food has to be imported from Sasserine since the local fishing and farming enterprises are meager at best.
Taxes in cauldron are quite fair and light. Citizens must pay a yearly tax of one pound (1 gp) each. Nobles and Merchants must pay a 5% income tax each year. Also there is a one shilling (1 sp) gate tax charged to non-citizens only who enter the city.
o Coy Nixie – The Coy Nixie is a high-class tavern and dancehall. Although prices here are more than the normanl asking price, the food and drink are rivaled only by the Cusp Of Sunrise. The two have a healthy rivarly, while the Cusp is generally considered to have better food and drink there is no membership fee at the Coy Nixie.
o Crater Lake – Cauldron’s central lake fills the bottom most part of the volcano’s caldera. All the drains and sewage of the city flow down eventually to the central lake. The lake drains into the Underdark beneath but in late autumn/winter it’s been known to flood the nearest buildings. This is what gave birth to Cauldron’s annual Flood Festival.
The lake is periodically cleaned by the clerics of the city’s churches in return for charitable donations from the city.
o Cusp Of Sunrise – This High-Society invite only club is a favourtite place for Cauldron’s rich and powerful.
o Drunken Morkoth Inn – Probably the most popular Inn in the city, the Drunken Morkoth is a regular stop for merchants, adventurers, visiting nobles and politicians. Offering comfortable beds, good food, and reasonable prices, the Morkoth is well known as far away as Sasserine.
Every room is decorated with a humorous painting of Cauldron’s legendary lake monster, a large Morkoth. Each painting depicts the monster in a number of embarrassing situations and incongruous locations, and always very very drunk.
o Ghelves Locks – The shop and workshop of Cauldron’s finest locksmith.
o Gurnezarns Smithy – The only remaining independant smith remaining in Cauldron. All of the others are owned by The Lathenmires.
o Jzadirune – A Gnomish enclave set below Cauldron.
o Lakeside Pavillion – This open pavillion is one of the oldest structures in Cauldron.
It’s traditionally where the Lord Mayor makes issues announcements and decrees.
o Lantern Street Orphanage – Cauldrons one and only orphanage.
o Lava Avenue – A street in Cauldron, one street higher than Ash Avenue.
o Magma Avenue – A street in Cauldron, one street higher than Lava Avenue, third from the Central Lake and second highest avenue.
o Malachite Fortress – Two hundred feet below the gnomish enclave of Jzadirune lies the Malachite Fortress, a stronghold build by dwarves and gnomes to guard against intrusions from the Underdark. When the gnomes abandoned Jzadirune, they left the dwarves to maintain the Malachite Fortress. Their leader, a righteous dwarven defender named Zenith Splintershield, foolisly decided to wage a campaign against the Underdark. He took his best fighting dwarves into the bowels of the world and was never seen again.
o Obsidian Avenue – A street in Cauldron, the highest avenue furthest from the Central Lake and the most expensive avenue in the City Of Cauldron.
o Oraks Bath House – The ex-adventurer dwarf Orak runs a small bath house in cauldron. He lost an eye in a fight and now sports a leather eye patch with a single red ruby in the centre. His fresh water for his baths comes from an Everlasting Decanter of Water.
o Sasserine – Sasserine is the Capital of the Sassarine Region of the Kingdom of Garance and is about a weeks travel north of Cauldron.
o Skies Treasury – Numerous stores in Cauldron sell magic items and gear, but only one of them makes its sole business buying and selling magic items to adventurers: Skie’s Treasury Owned by Skie Aldersun
o Slippery Eel Tavern – The Slippery Eel is a favourite for the city’s minors, plantation workers and other working class citizens. The food and drink is cheap and the Town Guard mostly ignore the place.
o Temple Of Lordly Might – Cauldrons large temple of Kord. The Temple of Lordly Might sponsors many sporting events in the city.
o Tipped Tankard – This tavern is generally considered the best place in the city for common folk to get a drink (the Coy Nixie and the Cusp Of Sunrise both hold better reputations but are generally considered out of the price range for a working citizen).
It’s a favourite place for off duty guards and as such brawls and the like are not commonplace.
o Tygots Old Things – Tygot Mispas, a 120year old halfling, retired from adventuring these past 2 decades, owns a small bet well stocked antiques shop on Lava Avenue.
o Underdark – The Underdark is the vast network of underground caverns and tunnels underneath the surface of the world. It is home to a host of evil beings driven deep into the caverns at the end of the age of demons.
The Underdark is extremely dangerous, especially to those not native to it. There are the usual dangers associated with caverns: claustrophobia, occasional poor air circulation, and getting lost. There is no light except for occasional patches of fluorescent fungus; most Underdark inhabitants either have highly developed senses other than sight or have developed infravision. Food can be extremely difficult to find, and much of the natural vegetation is poisonous.
o Weers Elixirs – Cauldron’s local potion shop run by Vortimax Weer.