Tidbits and Karlston
by, 10-03-2009 at 03:42 PM (1285 Views)
Asher's contact calls himself Sven. Sven's lead time on getting goods or information suggest that his network is either really slow, or it extends to Karlston, and possibly beyond.
Also, Sven's access to expensive goods seems too extensive for Featherwood's resources (with the exception of falconry school students).
Karlston has a population of about 10,000 people, excluding the surrounding farms. It's run by a noble called Lord Harold, who is rumored to be a strict follower of royal expectations. Despite some displeasure in the presence of imperial soldiers and high taxes, the people are a decent folk. Most are humans, but the greater amount of commerce means larger halfling groups, some civilized giants, and the occasional dwarf or grey elf parties.
Roads abound in Karlston, along with sewage tossed into gutters that add a less-than pleasant aroma to the poorer areas of town. Several markets, inns, and and temples (Heironeous, Pelor, Kord, and Farlanghn) add cultural interest to the town.
Of particular note are the Mill Quarter (water mills on the river, a major production and employment area), Charhill Theatre (near the noble quarter, known for rafters-filling plays), and Father "Miracle" Marcell, who performs marvellous feats of holy grace with the monks of Pelor (usually for the nobility, due to the expensive nature of the rituals).
Karlston has its dark side too. While it is not under curfew like Featherwood, weapon carrying requires registration and an authorized patron. Robberies and burglaries are not uncommon, and most townsfolk enjoy a regular witch/warlock burning (those who are not sanctioned by the lord's house)...