Hanging Gardens

The “Hanging Gardens”

Lining practically every vertical surface in this part of town are flower boxes bursting with every bloom in the region. Likewise each rooftop is a garden, and every garden has its own apiary. People come for miles around for the honey from the elflings of Kowal. It is said that some honey farmers don’t even want money for it, preferring to receive exotic flower seeds in trade!

The Hanging Gardens are located less than half a days march from Kowal, to the West. 

Alfiren homes

Many of the homes in this part of town are woven from saplings— some have become great trees! Some of their human neighbors find it an appalling eyesore, and have petitioned the Baron to do something about it. However, the elflings bring their share of economic prosperity to the city, so though their status remains fairly low, they are mainly left to their own devices. Or perhaps it’s just because the Baron worries the elflings’ retaliatory “jokes” would be more trouble than having more uniform housing is worth?

“The Community Project”

There’s a… thing… in the middle of the Town Circle of the Alfiren section of town. What kind of a thing? Well, it’s a thing they’re building! To foster community! But what IS it? Is it a sculpture? Is it a machine? Is it magic? Is it some kind of furniture? A ladder to the sky? Who knows!!!? …Well, possibly not even the elflings. But anyone is welcome to work on it!

The Night-Song

At the close of each day, most of the elflings gather in the Town Circle, around the Community Project, or even just where they happen to be standing and through whatever they’re doing, and sing. It’s in Fey, hard to tell whether it’s one long, intricate song, or maybe many different songs, and it sounds slightly different each night. It seems to be a spontaneous thing, yet everyone who sings goes at it as if they know it by heart! Or perhaps it just comes from the heart. Either way, it’s a thing of wonder to an outsider.

Figures of note:

Grandmother Jynnxennlya Krythixynn – Oversees the Alfiren community in Kowal. She settles disputes, and is everyone’s mom. If there’s a ruler— which there’s not!!!— it’s her. Her garments are brown and grey, like the bark of trees that make their houses, which she may usually be found singing to “to help them grow!”

Grandfather Kragmaddler Wondybblephax – Deals with the Big Folk of Kawall, mainly in settling trading disputes or in negotiating the release of a jocular elfling from “Big Folk” Jail for mere youthful high spirits! He carries a knobbly walking stick and wears layers of brightly-colored cloth, as if taking the Alfiren gardens with him wherever he goes.

Author and creator of the Hanging Gardens: Melissa Gay

Kowal

Kowal is a city in the Eastlands. It is an independent city state separate from Endamas and Uthgard.

The city of Kowal has reigned over its own barren lands in the East since the end of the Great War. Ruled by the Zadeku family for years beyond memory, the city has been content with its own business for hundreds of years.

The City of Kowal

  • Statistics: Crime 6; Danger 5; Economy 3; Law 5; Knowledge 3; Magic 1
  • Highest Stat is 10, lowest 1
  • Size: City, Seat of Barony
  • Government: Aristocracy
  • Economic System: Feudal capitalist
  • Population: 10,800

Places of Interest

  1. The Walled Tower
  2. Darkwinter Tavern
  3. Sascha’s Storehouse
  4. The Den (Wanderer’s Guild)
  5. Ash Cloud Theatre
  6. Factory District
  7. Dwarf Town
  8. Melgrin’s Warehouse
  9. Shen’s Mansion
  10. The Broken Chip
  11. Marn’s Refuge
  12. The Cat’s Herbs
  13. Bizarre Bazaar
  14. M Bar
  15. The Kowal Library
  16. Kowal Barracks
  17. r
  18. The Greystone

The lands surrounding Kowal

 

Organizations:

  • Wanderer’s Guild
  • The Companions – Thieve’s consortium
  • Sons of Silence
  • Melkowski Family – Crime Family
  • Edge Company – Mercenaries
  • Red Dagger – Thieve’s Guild (new)
  • Children of the Light

About:

  • 2/3 population died in first plague.
  • low population since.
  • magic is punishable by death.
  • mass graves all along outer border.
  • war with tyr hurt city
  • ghul raids make trade hard

Laws

  • People own property, but must pay the lord a tax on land and income.
  • Magic is forbidden and punishable by death.
  • Thievery is punishable first by loss of a finger, second two fingers, and third by the loss of a hand.
  • Gambling is legal, but in a house of gambling there is a 50% tax on winnings.
  • If accused, both the accuser and the accused are treated the same until the trial. The accused must prove innocence, not be proven guilty.
  • For witchcraft, older methods of torture may be used.

There is the Steel Guard for the Baron’s household, City Guard for people, overseen by the Sheriff, and the Red Guard, a church-backed organization. Magistrates rule the court system and are appointed or dismissed by the Baron.

Landscape

Weron River to the south. Lesh Forest to the East. Urtgen forest to the North West

Kowal Library

The Kowal Library is a public library that allows any citizen access to books. They are always looking to purchase or find new or old books.

It is also home to the Society of Librarians.

Lesh Forest

A large forest to the south east of Kowal.

M Bar

M Bar, also known as Monster Bar, is a hidden pub in the Northeast part of Kowal.

M Bar is in the converted cellar of Etahn Belbane. Etahn was a merchant for many years until his traveling caravan was attacked by newly returning creatures. As his livelihood was wiped out, he picked up a bow and sword, and began to hunt the beasts that invaded his homeland. After many years of this, he hurt his leg, and settled down to retire.

He was not a person to sit still, so he converted his cellar into a trophy room, showcasing creatures, skeletons, and more from his many hunts. People came to see these oddities, and one thing lead to the next and he began serving drinks. It was nicknamed Monster Bar, but he shortened it to M Bar to not scare off potential clients.

He lives in the house above with his longtime partner, Lonald. Lonald is quite eccentric, often requesting people address him as Sir Lonald.

Marn’s Refuge

In a city made unpleasant from ubiquitous dirt and toil, along with the ruling fist of the Zadeku family, a man named Marn Te’sterst, two generations ago, created an underground refuge for himself and his friends. At first, it was nothing more than a safe place to relax and enjoy themselves without having to worry about visiting tax collecting thugs—a place they could keep clean and stocked with spirits and games. Then, it became a place where a conspiracy was born to take down the Zadekus and other ruling elites, so that all of Kowal could be made more like the refuge…however, they never grew the courage to make a move. Now, two generations later, Marn’s grandson Jorl runs the refuge. To this day, they gather weekly to drink, play games, and talk of a revolution that never seems to get any closer to fruition.

Melgrin’s Warehouse

Jan Melgrin

Merchant trader. Many different items importing and exporting.

Melgrin’s Warehouse is a small warehouse in the factory district.

Nerrahem Asylum

A place for the mentally troubled. It has a long history of abuse, tragedy, and even rumored to be haunted.

Orthodox Unelesia Church of Kowal

The Church of Kowal is run by the Archbishop Gunlerdan. He is a staunch advocate for the control of magic. He is a direct advisor to Baron Zadeku.

The church is located in one of the most ornate buildings in all of Kowal.

Red Guard

The Red Guard were formed from a faction of Kowal city guards loyal to a well respected guardsman named Damien. In the past 20 years, Damien has shaped the Red Guard into it’s own power within the city.

The Red Guard are strictly anti-magic and have lead hunts for magic users for the past 5 years, often ending in public executions.

Some feel the Red Guard are more powerful than the Baron in the current day, and the sight of their red armor sends many into a panic.