- Built at the tip of a peninsular in NE Ventris, Avaronne is bound by sea to the East and North.
- During Viledel’s reign the city was named “Redonia”. It was renamed “Avaronne” by the first Council of Eight about 50 years ago.
- The main harbour, accessed from the North, lies in the centre of the city and divides it into eastern and western districts.
- The streets are broad and paved in the Hills, some paved in West Redonia, and mostly narrow and cramped in the other precincts (the Tenements, East Redonia, Two Cities).
- Population: 9,872
- 70% human – mostly Varisian, Chelaxian and Ulfen
- 12% halfling, 6% half-orc, 5% half-elf, 3% gnome, 2% dwarf, 1% elf, 1% other
(compass reference given relative to the statue of Gozreh in Avaronne Harbour)Edit
- Avaronne’s main harbour.
- Most of the docks are on the west side of the harbour.
- On a small island in the middle of the harbour, a polished bronze statue of Gozreh in her female aspect surveys all from the middle of the harbour, trident extended over the waters
- The Cheyenne River flows into the SW edge of the habour.
- The newest part of the city, the Hills is home to the most affluent of Avaronne’s residents.
- Wealthy citizens began building villas here after King Viladel built his royal residence overlooking Horedel Square (formerly just “the Square”, but re-named by Viladel after his son Horedel’s death).
- The general rule is that the mansions get larger and more ostentatious the further SW one proceeds up the hills. However the slightly older, more elegant houses that are closer to Viledel’s former palace are also very prestigious.
- From East to West, Avaronne “Markets” consist of harbour front warehouses, the city’s fish markets and several blocks of shopfronts for the home industries of West Redonia.
- These shopfronts sell clothing, furniture, jewellery, textiles, metal goods, spices, tools, leather goods, weapons and armour, and many other products.
- There is a lively black market in less reputable or smuggled items.
- East Redonia houses much of the large lower class of the city, although its inhabitants can at least scrape together sufficient resources to keep free of The Tenements and Downtown.
- Residents are mainly labourers and sailors. Many are clients of Avaronne’s wealthier families.
- Many races and nationalities are intermingled here, and tensions often run high. Riots, brawls and volatile political rallies are common.
- Built on a seaside knoll of large dark grey basalt blocks, Fort Byre watches over the entrance to the harbour.
- During king tides it is entirely circumscribed by water, isolated from the rest of the city.
- A large square of sandstone and marble, with gardens, trees, fountains and statues.
- Most of the Avaronne’s public buildings face onto the Square.
- Several times a year festivals are held here.
- A large paved square crammed with hundreds of tiny shack like stores, these markets sell fresh produce from the farms to the south, all manner of general and crafted goods, junk and curios.
- The markets actually bleed into the house shopfronts of East Redonia.
- The NW edge of the harbour is home to a forest of tightly packed apartment buildings known as The Tenements.
- Residents live in squalid conditions. Entire families are frequently crammed into one room apartments. A shallow ditch on each side of the streets serves as a sewer.
- Many residents are dock workers, fishermen, sailers and day labourers. Most are human, although there is also a large half-orc population.
- As the name suggests, Two Cities consists of two quite distinct districts, arranged, however, not side by side but vertically.
- The more well-off residents of Two Cities inhabit Topside – actually several tiers of small wooden buildings erected on stilts and interconnected by wooden platforms and rope bridges. Several ramps at the southern edge of Topside connect it to the Harbour, Redonia markets and East Redonia. Topside is home to humans, half-elves, and quite a few gnomes.
- Under the shadow of Topside is Downtown, where some of the poorest of Avaronne’s citizens dwell – mostly humans, halflings and half-orcs. This is the lowest part of the city, and floods several times a year during heavy storms and king tides.
- Better off than those who live in East Redonia, the residents here could broadly be called the city’s middle class.
- They are almost exclusively human or half-elf, with a few dwarven cratftsmen. Most are craftsmen, merchants, fishermen and shopkeepers.