(Unaligned going on Evil)
Sasserine’s heart, and perhaps even its soul, is lodged firmly in Merchant District. The first district most visitors reach, it’s often the only one they need ever explore. Merchant District shops run the gamut from simple grocers to specialized buildings like potion emporiums, dagger sellers, exotic pet dealers, and magic item bazaars.
Merchant District’s representative nobility are the Arabanis. Lady Anwyn Arabani is an eccentric noblewoman who has a strange fascination with drow, and even claims to have drow ancestors (although her relatively pale skin would indicate otherwise). She’s quite popular, as she goes above and beyond to ensure the people of Merchant District have fair representation in the Dawn Council. She entertains many suitors, but has yet to settle on a single person to share her estate.
The Merchant’s Watch is perhaps the most efficient of the seven watches. Corruption appears here and there, but the leadership is honest and does its best to maintain a crime-free environment. This is the busiest district in the city, and minor crimes are generally ignored, allowing the watch to focus its attention on larger problems. The Merchant Garrison isn’t the largest among the seven watches (that honor goes to the Champion’s Watch), but it’s certainly the most justly run of the seven.
If you’re from Merchant District, you could be from anywhere. You may have grown up in Sasserine, or you might have only recently come to the city on the decks of a ship from anywhere else in the world, in which case your reasons for staying can be as varied as your actual homeland. Natives of Merchant District likely come from merchant families, or grew up the children of innkeepers or bartenders. You’re probably a very social creature, and the thought of isolation or the natural world fills you with nervous fear. If you’re a cleric, you might worship Traveller, but in actuality this district is a melting pot of faiths.Notable NPCs
- Alma Telvanta (female windsoul genasi): An exotic and intriguing woman, Alma runs the prestigious Telvanta Dance Academy.
- Anwyn Arabani (female deva): Lady of Arabani manor and representative of Merchant District on the Dawn Council.
- Blisker Tittertop (male gnome): Blisker is the master of the Alchemist’s Guild; his mark can be seen on nearly every potion or alchemical item sold in Sasserine.
- Dhalven Miomar (male human): Lord of the Merchant’s Guild, Dhalven is a gifted public speaker.
- Feldus Selvant (male gnome): Feldus is the soft-spoken caretaker of the Seeker’s Lodge. He is often gone from Sasserine for months at a time on adventures.
- Lavinia Vanderboren (female tiefling): Thrust into the responsibilities of nobility, young Lavinia’s parents perished in a terrible fire and her brother has vanished from the public eye, leaving her to tend to her estate’s needs all on her own.
- Lirali Woarali (female githzerai): Keeper of the temple of Traveller, Lirali’s congregation is small, but she seems like a friendly-enough woman.
- Velkandar Toregson (male dwarf): Eldest son of the Toregson family, Velkandar runs the Smith’s Guildhall.
Merchant District Locations
Guilds & trade companies: Shops: Nobles, watch & temples: Taverns, inns, brothels: 3: Locksmith’s Guildhall 4: The Dancing Monkey (curio shop) 8: Gondola Waystation 1: The Ticklish Ogre (tavern) 6: Seeker Lodge 5: The Metal-Skinned Dwarf (fine armor) 11: Temple of Traveller (district church) 2: Fenter’s Place (inn) 10: Baker’s Guildhall 7: Fishback Market (general goods, seafood, trinkets, jewelry) 18: Shrine of Tiamat 21: The Drunk Bear (tavern/mead shop) 13: Candlemaker’s Guildhall 9: Viltashel’s Favors (moneylender) 20: Gondola Waystation 25: Gregair’s Place (tavern/gaming hall) 15: Jeweler’s Guildhall 12: Harbor Market (general goods, imported goods, minor magic, food, entertainment) 24: Shrine of Ioun 53: The Painted Vixen (brothel) 16: Glassblower’s Guildhall 14: Marketplace Hall 28: Gondola Waystation 55: The Rusty Pirate (tavern) 17: Gemcutter’s Guildhall 23: Glittermane’s Vault (magic shop, consumables, ritual components) 29: Shrine of Erathis 59: The Bent Goblin (inn) 19: Merchant’s Guildhall 27: Corner Groceries (general goods) 32: Shrine of Avandra 63: Fifteen Horses and a Mule (tavern) 22: Weaver’s Guildhall 34: Orimander’s Emporium of the Soul (bookshop, ritual shop) 36: Telvanta Academy (prestigious dance school) 68: The Crimson Genie (brothel) 26: Cobbler’s Guildhall 38: Costumes and Fantasies (exotic clothing/costumes) 37: Shrine of Vecna 69: Heinvar’s Baths (bathhouse) 30: Spicemerchant’s Guildhall 40: Venton’s (sage—Streetwise) 43: Sasserine Tours (guides to the city) 72: The Strumpet’s Excuse (inn) 31: Tavernkeeper’s Guildhall 46: The Singing Rose (perfumes and oils) 44: Shrine of Moradin 74: The Minx Market (brothel) 33: Basketweaver’s Guildhall 60: The Upwards House (sage—Dungeoneering) 51: Gondola Waystation 76: Featherwhisper’s (bathhouse) 35: Tailor’s Guildhall 62: The Warden’s Vault (moneylender) 58: Shrine of Asmodeus 39: Scrivener’s Guildhall (scribes) 64: Cages of Plenty (exotic pets) 61: Rooftop Solutions (messenger service) 41: Leatherworker’s Guildhall 71: Krexin Imports (exotic imports) 65: Merchant’s Garrison 42: Smith’s Guildhall 73: Coins From Above (moneylender) 70: Arabani Manor (district representative) 45: Cooper’s Guildhall 78: The Inner Labyrinth (occult books) 79: Vanderboren Manor (minor noble) 47: Barber’s Guildhall 46: The Singing Rose (perfumes and oils) 80: Gondola Waystation 48: Alchemist’s Guildhall 60: The Upwards House (sage—Dungeoneering) 49: Butcher’s Guildhall 62: The Warden’s Vault (moneylender) 50: Scavenger’s Guildhall (finders of lost objects) 64: Cages of Plenty (exotic pets) 52: Teamster’s Guildhall 71: Krexin Imports (exotic imports) 54: Wheelwright’s Guildhall 75: Domaskio’s Consortium (puppets and toys) 56: Launderer’s Guildhall 57: Tanner’s Guildhall 66: Innkeeper’s Guildhall 67: Riverman’s Guildhall (gondola service) 77: Barrister’s Guildhall