Welcome to the city of Cauldron! Nestled in the inner bowl of a long dormant volcano, Cauldron is a city with a long history of both noble exploits and horrific evil.
Cauldron (Small City): Conventional; Alignment – Neutral Good; Population – 7,500; Mixed Races (79% Human, 9% Halfling, 5% Gnome, 3% Dwarf, 2% Elf, 1% Half-Elf, 1% Half-Orc)
Cauldron’s buildings, tightly packed and built from volcanic rock and wood, line the inner bowl of a nameless, dormant volcano. Cobblestone roads form concentric circles around a small but deep lake of cold water which fills the volcano’s basin. Although the town’s sewage seeps into the lake, local clerics routinely purify the water for the citizens in exchange for charitable donations to their temples.
A 50-foot-tall fortified wall of black malachite encircles the city, tracing the outer rim of the volcano. Four roads descend the volcano’s slopes, becoming major thoroughfares that lead to other towns and distant realms. The regions nearer the rim of the city tend to be occupied by upper-class families and elite merchants. The closer one gets to the center of town (and the closer to the often pungent odours of the central lake), the shoddier the construction and the more dangerous its dark alleys become.
Most people get around Cauldron on foot, although the town has its share of wagons and carriages, most of them owned by merchants and nobles.
Cauldron’s major exports come from two sources: mines and plantations. Both industries are based in the hills surrounding the city, and are managed by the various noble families who live in the area. Obsidian and diamonds are the primary products minded in the region. Plantations usually produce sugarcane and coffee. Most of those who dwell in the city itself are either merchants, scholars, or workers in the mines and plantations in the lowlands. Water is never scarce in town, but most of the city’s food must be imported via Skull Crag or Tyrluk since the local fishing and farming enterprises are meagre at best.
Cauldron is ruled by a Lord Mayor, who is elected to his position every two years. The city is protected by the Cauldron Town Guard, a force of over 700, led by the Captain Of The Guard.
Cauldron was founded over 650 years ago on the back of a significant mining boom in the area. The nearby town of Redgorge quickly outgrew its walls and as legend tells it, Surabar Spellmason (the man generally given credit for the founding of both Cauldron and Redgorge) determined that the cauldron of a nearby extinct volcano would make an prime location for a new settlement and that its location would provide excellent natural defenses should the city ever be attacked. Many of Redgorge’s citizens relocated to the newly formed city of Cauldron and began to build the town into what it is today.
Since that time, Cauldron has, for the most part, prospered; although it has never threatened to significantly outgrow its natural boundaries.
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