City Of Cauldron
Believed to have been founded by Surabar Spellmason, Cauldron is the most populous area in the Cauldron Region. Nearby villages include Redgorge, Kingfisher Hollow, and Hollowsky.
The Cauldron City Symbol, found on official documents and City Guards armor is a watchful eye wreathed in flames.
Cauldron was built in the caldera of a long-dormant volcano, rising above the humid heat of the surrounding tropical jungle. Cauldron's elevation keeps the city cooler and dryer than the surrounding jungle resulting in a more temperate climate.
Life in Cauldron
Cauldron's buildings are relatively tightly packed together, and made primarily of volcanic stone and wood. The four main roadways are cobbled and wide enough to support several wagons abreast. Smaller avenues connect the four roadways, which form concentric terraces down to the lake in the center of the town. From outer to inner, the avenues are named Obsidian, Magma, Lava, and Ash. Sewage from privies runs underneath the streets in specially built trenches, which all houses feed into. The runoff outlets are dug deeply into the heart of the lake, which is periodically purified by the clerics of the town to ensure that any sewage that doesn't sink into the volcano's depths is neutralized.
A 50 foot high wall of black malachite surrounds the outermost ring of the city. The closer you are to the wall, the nicer the accommodations and the more likely you are to encounter nobility. The closer you are to the lake, the shoddier the construction and the more likely you are to get your coin-purse nicked. Houses directly on the lake are often built with stilts to protect against flooding during the rainy season in winter.
Most people get around on foot, although the town has it's share of wagons and carriages, the majority of them owned by nobles and merchants.
Major exports come from two sources. There are Obsidian and diamonds from the mines and sugar cane and coffe from the plantations. Both of these industries can be found in the hills sourrounding the city, and they are managed by various noble families in the area.
Most of the people who live in the city are either miners or plantation workers, scholers or merchants. Water is never scarce although most of the Cities food has to be imported from Sasserine since the local fishing and farming enterprises are meager at best.
Taxes in cauldron are quite fair and light. Citizens must pay a yearly tax of one pound (1 gp) each. Nobles and Merchants must pay a 5% income tax each year. Also there is a one shilling (1 sp) gate tax charged to non-citizens only who enter the city.
- 03 Sep 2009