The Flower in the Sepulcher
Size and Population
Geography: The two mighty rivers, the Al-Kadar and the Parvolo, divide Treff very roughly into quadrants. Hydrologically speaking, the Western Al-Kadar is a tributary that feeds into the Parvolo, and the Eastern Al-Kadar is a distributary of the Parvolo flowing East. The Anophelian Swamp, thus, is an enormous drainage basin that Treff sits at the bottom of. Treff’s city walls are a circle of usually wooden and occasionally stone ramparts maintained by the Order of the Moss-Covered Sword and the Aquatic Elven monarchy about 5 miles in radius.
Population: Treff covers roughly seventy-five square miles, although this figure is misleading as such a great deal of the city is afloat or sub-surface. Lake Lemuel, for example, fed by the Lesser Parvolo, is the home of the majority of the city’s fully aquatic population of some thousands, even though its surface is fairly free of colonization. Suffice it to say that the area of the northern Swamp that can be considered “Treff” is somewhere between twenty and thirty-five square miles, with small villages orbiting the metropole.
The Order of the Moss-Covered Sword conduct a census of Treff with considerable efficiency every seven years, the most recent being three years ago. They found Treff to have a resident population (defined as taxpaying property-owners) of 56,312 sentient beings, making Treff by an enormous margin the largest city of the Anophelian Swamp and the third largest city in the Northern Continent. The racial breakdown is as follows: 41% Human, 20% Aquatic Elven, 11% Non-Aquatic Elven and Half-Elven, 10% Lizardfolk, 8% Orc and Goblinoid, 10% all others (a roughly equal proportion of gnomes, dwarves, various sentient monstrous minorities, giants, sentient plants, gnolls and others). Although the swamp-halfling families are canny merchants and common sights in Treff, they are nomadic and thus not included in the census. Mixed in throughout all of these are the so-called “mongrelfolk”, none of whom self-identify as such on the census but most of whom, when “outed”, are banished to South Fen or the Jakes by “polite” society.