That Other Place
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
At the confluence of three rivers and the trailing edge of a mountain range, Nava is that most effective of combinations; a people used to extorting every resource, and a land with an abundance of the same. The rivers dart with fish, feed crops, and carry rafts and boats to the sea; out of the mountains come hardy goats and donkeys. The land is arable, the trees bear fruit. It is the nest of the eagle of Empire.
With a population approaching fifty thousand, Nava has created immigration restrictions and homesteading incentives to prevent food or housing crises. Young couples and foreign settlers are pointed towards the growing offshoot communities of Protport, Rikabeck and Cham, sometimes with cash endowments, often with a boot in their back to speed them. Each town is over five thousand strong (Protport is nearly twelve) and the burgeoning communities may soon face crises of their own.
Nava itself is already teetering on the edge. Three-story stone buildings and a navigable street layout do not solve the problems of population density or congestion, although they do prevent outright chaos; much of the city’s lucrative trade wealth pours directly into either private or federal coffers, and relatively little remains for anyone else. This does, however, benefit adventurers, for a big city is never without problems, and no one expects problem solvers to work for free. Except of course that squads of Rattan Shields are on the retainer of nearly every merchant worth his salt, and governments employ their own thugs.
Finding work may be tough.
Finding anything is tough, really, with the crowds. Movement speed is often restricted to 5 ft/round in main thoroughfares, or to no movement at all on market days. Fortunately, two landmarks make navigation possible: the Cathedral of the Sun and the Lighthouse. With these municipal equivalents of the North and South stars, a traveler can find his way through the stone jungle of Nava and reach the riverbanks, the Road Gates, or any destination in between.