Good Harbor on the Phrygian Sea
What you see…
Walking into Great Harbor from the east you see a thick stone wall, three to four feet deep at the base and fourteen feet high with an interior wooden walkway. The northern gate is an impressive structure; intricately carved stonework frames two twenty-foot high iron braced doors on hinges that are seldom, if-ever shut. There is a second gate (less impressive but equally as strong) to the south. A single guard sleepily stands watch at each gate accompanied by a customs officer. Members of the city guard routinely walk the wall as part of their duty but no hint of a threat has been seen in several generations.
The city is laid out in concentric circles. The outermost ring is a series of docks and to the east (the harbor side) and warehouses to the west. A wide road inside the wall circles the city know simply as The Ring Road.
The next concentric circle is comprised of businesses that provide services to the travelers to Great Harbor (inns and taverns mostly).
Inside of that is a circle of workshops and shops where craftsmen and artisans produce and sell their wares.
Next is a circle of ‘speculation houses.’ Some of these are similar to banks, others are more akin to casinos. In these houses of varying legitimacy ventures are financed, money is leant and dice are thrown.
Inside of the ring of speculation houses are the homes (mansions really) of Great Harbor nobility. Most of the families that are Great Harbor nobility have a member in the Senate, a group of advisors to the king.
In the center of the city is the central keep: A barracks for the city guard, various gardens, a lavish central hall, and stout square tower inhabited by King Tung.
Dwellings of the small folk are disbursed throughout the city. Most of the city’s inhabitants reside above or adjacent to their place of business.
What you know…
King Tung is past middle age, in poor health and has not produced an heir to the throne. His wives have all died in curious but not entirely suspicious ways. There is a great deal of speculation as to who would rule in the event that King Tung died without an heir.
The use and study of magic has been outlawed in Great Harbor. The witch and wizard inquisition/trials that occurred roughly two-centuries ago resulted in all who openly used magic being deported, imprisoned or executed. Those who practice and study magic do so in secret. Wizards who pass through (or inhabit) Great Harbor often disguise themselves to hide their true identities.
Great Harbor is true melting pot of various humanoid races. Their are a few dwarves and even a hobbit in the Senate. All religions and (at least seemingly non-magical) religious practices are respected or at least tolerated by it citizens. Financial gain is a much more common pursuit than pious religious practice in Great Harbor.
To the east and west are trade valuable routes. Far north is the dark and mysterious Shadow Forest. To the south is a large desert known as the Sea of Sand.