Rise of the Runelords
CN Large city
Corruption +2; Crime +4; Economy +5; Law –1; Lore +1; Society +6
Qualities: academic, notorious, prosperous, strategic location, tourist attraction
Government: Council (overlord and 8 crimelords)
Population: 13,300 (10,241 humans, 931 dwarves, 665 half-elves, 532 half-orcs, 399 tieflings, 266 halflings, 134 gnomes,
Elias Tammerhawk, Head of the Order of Cyphers (male human diviner)
Overlord Gaston Cromarcky (male human fighter/expert)
Base Value 30,400 gp; Purchase Limit 100,000 gp;
Minor Items 4d4; Medium Items 3d4; Major Items 2d4
Riddleport runs with the blood and booze of countless bar brawls, and it jingles to the tune of coins sliding from greasy purse to greasy palm. It’s a city of pirates, smugglers, gamblers, those who seek to make names for themselves, and those who wish to become invisible. It is a place where fortunes are shaped with the turn of a card, and good deeds rarely rewarded with anything but a knife in the back.
The Cyphergate—a breathtaking 700-foot-tall arch of rune-engraved stone—spans the entrance to the perilous Riddleport Harbor. Built to the north of this ancient monument, the sodden, filth-ridden city of Riddleport clings to the riverbank, its bustling port constantly clogged with pirate ships and bold merchant galleys. The city has enjoyed a measure of stability in recent years, thanks in no small part to Gaston Cromarcky, its current overlord. Cromarcky funds his hired force of brutal gendarmes through trade taxes he raised, and their guardianship over the fetid streets has brought a semblance of order to the City of Cyphers. Few say that the port is safe, but at least open murders have largely been replaced by private assassinations.
Wealth endlessly changes hands in Riddleport, whether by the rare adamantine-smelting trade of the Gas Forges, in the gambling houses of the Free-Coin District, via expeditions undertaken by the academic Order of Cyphers as they seek to reveal the mysteries of the Cyphergate, in the sprawling brothels of Rotgut, or by the unskilled labor done in the camps of Lubbertown. While Magnimar might consider itself the center of civilized free trade in Varisia, Riddleport is more than happy to accommodate the rest. It’s messy and it’s dangerous, but for those who make their home in the City of Cyphers, the system works.