Ezra: The Planar Convergence
Dragon Maw Bay
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Carved from the husk of a long dormant volcano, Dragon Maw Bay is named for both the peninsula it is located on, and the peak of the mountain: a gaping chasm that looks strikingly like the mouth of a dragon. As capital of Argös, the city receives an abundance of traffic, both by sea and by land, be it by immigrant, diplomat, or merchant. Being a catalyst for cultures of all definitions, an andventurer is likely to find anything they might come to need within the massive city.
The layout of the city is based primarily on class; merchants and salesman set up shop towards the base of the mountain, the poor at the foot, the middle class and temples located nearest to the middle belt of the mountain, and the noble classes in their mansions at the peak.
Spreading from the harbour and clinging to the base of the mountain are the stalls and shops of hundreds of merchants, selling everything from fish to armor, mounts to produce. Winding a maze of standing structures and rickety board-and-canvas stalls. This portion of town tends to only house merchants, their families, and travelers passing through.
As we move from the base upwards into the mountain, the scenery begins to change. Open sky is often replaced by ceilings of carved stone, gem-lined skylights illuminating the otherwise dark passages. At night, the gems release their stored solar energy, ensuring that the passageways never need to be lit by torches. However, there is a clear and well kept path upwards into the mountain, ensuring that no traveler ever need see the unkempt poor sectors.
In comparison to other slums, Dragon Maw Bay’s hold up well. Few people sleep on the street, though grime and moss creep along the walls. Instead, the poor squat in previously carved houses, or attempt to create their own. At night, the skylights remain dark, their precious stones already pilfered long ago, torches tracing long lines of soot along the walls.
The middle sector of the mountain is similar to many other towns; those well-off live in lovely houses, permanent shops nestle themselves along the main road to the palace, and gardens break up an otherwise plain view.
The High King Balthazar keeps his Palace at the peak, within the open maw of the dragon. Surrounding it are the Athenaeum, where ancient records and texts are coveted and cared for, the Conservatory, a massive garden of rare plants and sacred animals, and the Observatory, a technical marvel developed for inspecting the cosmos.