The Shadow of Dragons
Alwhar is a wealthy, bustling, crossroads port city, and the cosmopolitan trading heart of Everin. Self-governing and fiercely independent, yet lacking a standing army, Alwhar is the largest, wealthiest, and most socially prominent city in the land. All trade is welcome in Alwhar, and on any given day a visitor may meet anyone from halfling pirates from Melora’s Sound, to drow weaponsmiths down from the Miser’s Pit to trade, to any number of other races and professions. All who obey the laws of the city (or can avoid the Vigilants’ notice) are welcome to ply their trade or craft in the Great Port.
Alwhar has around 40,000 permanent residents (also called “Alwhar” in both the singular and plural), and it hosts a constantly changing population of many more short-term visitors as ships dock or sail, caravans arrive or depart, and a steady stream of peddlers, traders, and seekers-after-fortune pass through its gates. No other city still stands that can rival Alwhar in wealth, mercantile ventures, tolerance, variety among citizens and outlanders, and constantly unfolding opportunities.
Alwhar is not a welcoming home to those who favor stability over change, or who trust in traditions and “old ways.” Each new month brings changes in fashions, ways of making things or doing business, and new faces rising to the center of attention in society, or seizing real power among Alwhar investors and traders.