The Council of Thieves
Metropolis standard (mayor backed by Chelish monarchy); AL LE
GP Limit 16,000 gp
Type cosmopolitan (88% human, 7% halfling, 5% other races)
Lictor Richemar Almansor, commander of Citadel Rivad, leader of the Order of the Rack Hellknights (male human)
Lord Mayor Aberian Arvanxi, mayor of Westcrown, House Arvanxi patriarch (male human)
Vassindio Drovenge, House Drovenge patriarch (male human)
Duxotar Iltus Mhartis, commander of the city guard (male human)
Eirtein Oberigo, House Oberigo patriarch (male human)
Casarus Vitallain, harbormaster (male human)
General Vourne, commander of the Gemcrown Bay imperial fleets (male human)
Various other noble house matriarchs and patriarchs.
What were once marshy wetlands, mud flats, and tidal islets solidified into today’s Westcrown. Untold thousands of tree trunks driven into the mud and rocks formed the city’s foundations. Millennia of building and rebuilding led to today’s stone-paved streets. The City of Twilight carves itself up into three distinct paregos (“great regions”) used and understood by all the city’s residents: the Regicona (“Floating Palace”), Westcrown Island; the Spera (“Hope’s Altar”), the still occupied sections of the city; and the Dospera (“Despair’s Altar”), the ruined northern regions of Westcrown. When locals provide directions in the city, though, they split it up into regos (meaning regions or sectors).
Wiscrani call Westcrown Island Parego Regicona. Encircling the 8 canal riddled islands are the Regiconan Walls, the Chained Arches spanning each of the canals piercing them. Most of the city’s population never sees inside the walls built by their efforts and coins, so rumors run rampant of what happens within the Regicona. All they and most city visitors see are the grandeur of the tallest buildings rising above the walls, like the former royal palaces and a grand opera house.
Rego Corna “Crown Sector” encompasses the former stronghold of power in Cheliax — the Imperial Court of Cheliax and its attendant holdings and homes. The Korradath, Vaneo Drovenge, Vira Oberigo can all be found here.
Rego Laina “Blade Sector,” is named for the many nobles, smithies, and armories here. The Miratanza, The Floating Market, is located here.
The Parego Dospera (“Despair’s Altar”) refers to the abandoned ruins and downtrodden slums of the northern shores of Westcrown. The roads are often in disrepair, and running in the Dospera invites a twisted ankle or a broken leg, leaving one fair game to the many threats in its shadows. While the northern sector is entirely a ruin, only kept in vague control by the sureshots of the Dottari on the walls around it, the southern rego acts as the buffer zone between it and “civilized” Westcrown.
Rego Cader, what locals call the “Dead Sector” refers to the northern ruins, though older Wiscrani can tell you this used to be Rego Plea (formerly home to house slaves, servants, and lesser trades). Inside this sector are the “low trades” the nobles wished not to see, including many forges or smithies still useful, if not in good repair. Now, most are squats and partial homes for dens of thieves, or even the lairs of monsters.
Rego Crua “Blood Sector” once held all slave trade including the Pleatra slave market and a wide array of low-end or less-desirable businesses, from tanneries to slaughterhouses. As a result of the stench and filth, this sector also contained the northern slums of Westcrown, nestled up against the walls of Rego Cader (which sometimes makes them safer due to the near-constant presence of Dottari above them). The farther south one travels, the more buildings rise in height and cleanliness until you cross the eastern Pegasi Bridge into Parego Spera.
Parego Spera “Hope’s Altar” contains the still-thriving sections of the city, once looked down upon by the city’s elite and now recognized as its money-making lifeblood. The western city still holds many nobles, but unlike the Regicona, trade and coin rule here more than politics.
Rego Scripa “Scribe Sector” was once the center for the bureaucratic work of the Chelish empire, the area dominated by ink- and paper-makers, printers, binders, scribes, and messengers. Now, precious few such businesses remain beyond cartographers, trade warehouses, and ship-related businesses in this sector. This is also where one can find the headquarters of the Hellknight’s Order of the Rack, Taranik House.
Rego Pena “Coin Sector” houses the more lucrative trades and many houses of dubious standing, politically or monetarily. This also acts as home to a rising class of rich merchants who, by choice or fate, lack the political clout or connections to gain noble status or the notice of the Imperial Court.
Rego Sacero “Priest Sector” contains more shrines and ecclesiastical real estate (extant or ruined) than five other Chelish cities combined. For centuries, priests and nobles alike kept all land east of the Arodennama (on and beneath the Rise) vacant for Aroden’s personal gardens. That is no longer the case and by 4614, various faiths and houses had bought up much of the land. Aroden’s Rise, yhe Arodennama,and Qatada Nessudidia can all be found here along with the Lord Mayor’s mannor, Vaneo Arvanxi (aka Aberian’s Folly).