The Flower in the Sepulcher
Port Willow (EAST): Port Willow is the richest part of the city after Flux, a commercial heart that beats to the rhythm of grain elevators and merchants’ scales. The majority of travelers come to Flux from this direction, as the Al-Kadar is a more amicable and heavily populated river than the rapid and wild Parvolo. Granaries, warehouses and specialty shops abound here, benefiting somewhat from the more solid ground in this part of the city, although duckboards and boardwalks are still ubiquitous. This area is fairly well-patrolled by the Order and the Rangers, and crime is less common on its boards than others. Whether they have the military clout to stand up to the guilds’ private mercenary forces if they were to find evidence of wrongdoing among the district’s wealthy is another matter. The population here is almost universally human and more than a touch xenophobic, looking down on non-humans and “troublemaker types”, to the extent that some ad hoc “concerned citizens’ councils” have meted out vigilante “justice” on more than one occasion. Power and wealth bring prosperity and paranoia in equal measure, especially when the neighbors to the south are less than tranquil.
—Temple of the Traveling Siblings: The largest wooden temple in the city mirrors the nave-and-transept cathedral plan of most human temples, although it is constructed entirely in great staves of wood without nails or screws. It serves as a travelers’ hostel and shipwright’s guild headquarters as well as a house of prayer. The great mural behind the altar shows the traveling Sibling Gods, Fharlaghn, Celestian and Geshtai, traveling together towards the horizon. The three are also represented separately by beautifully rendered marble statues, and the whole temple is carved beautifully by local pious artisans. The head of the temple, Thessalus Watersmeet is one of the most respected clergymen in the city, and welcomes all travelers to this place of rest regardless of race, color or creed.
—Treff Grain Exchange: Every Friday is market day at this large market square built of sturdy planks, where traders from the Horse Kingdom and further afield hawk their goods to a hungry populace. In addition to being the biggest food market in town, the Exchange provides an excellent selection of imports and artisan crafts.
—Church of St. Cuthbert: This well-built stone building sits on heavy oak pilings, although it is rather smaller than most of Cuthbert’s temples. It’s usually fairly quiet, as the Cudgel Saint attracts but few in this liberal city. It does, however, serve as a de facto embassy for the Kingdom of the Horse, the strictly feudal nation to the West that many say has designs on annexing the Northern Anophelian Swamp.