Setting: sort of Points of Light – essentially Sasserine is one of these points of Light or Dark as the case may be. Sasserine as a whole tends to lean towards evil and lawful. But this varies wildly depending on district. Also if you have money and/or power pretty much anything goes, while if you are poor you are fair game. Guilds are very strong in the city and enforce their power. In this world humans are considered second class citizens at best and the only races worse of are half breeds (half-elf, half-orc, shifter). In Sasserine this is rather dependant on district and person in question.
Sasserine’s History No district is more aware of Sasserine’s history than the citizens of Noble District. The city was founded over 700 years ago, in the year –124 cy by pilgrims from the north. This group was led by a visionary cleric of The Raven Queen named Sasserine who died on the island now known as Ancestor Island in the heroic act of defending the pilgrims from a black dragon named Zelkarune. Sasserine’s lover, a man named Teraknian, founded the city in her honor. Over the next several centuries the city experienced phenomenal growth, during which a line of rulers descended from Teraknian ruled Sasserine in conjunction with advice from the churches of The Raven Queen and Bane. In the year of 480 cy, Lord Mayor Orren Teraknian ruled the city—a rule that allowed for no shades of gray. For the first time in centuries, the church of The Raven Queen was stripped of its power as fabricated charges of devil-worshiping saw to the arrest, imprisonment, and even execution of its faithful. Just as Orren’s rule became unbearable, a great fleet of ships arrived—representatives of the Hold of the Sea Princes to the north. Promising an end to Orren’s cruel rule, the invaders were aided in their assault on the city from within as the citizens rose up in rebellion. Orren Teraknian was overthrown and the Sea Princes claimed Sasserine as their own. Over the century to come, Sasserine’s resources were savaged. The Sea Princes kept Sasserine a secret from the rest of the world, hoping to hide the valuable port from invaders by destroying any references to it they could find. Spies infiltrated cartographer guilds and libraries throughout the world, altering maps and sea charts with magic. Ship captains who knew the route to the city were bought off or murdered. Sasserine suff ered in these 100 years, but the underlying spirit of her citizens did not die. Their prayers were finally answered in 584 cy, when the Scarlet Brotherhood assassinated nearly all of the Sea Princes. The resulting turmoil threw Sasserine into chaos. Without the support of their homeland, the leaders of the city were overthrown in a fortnight. In the decade since their freedom, the people of Sasserine have rebuilt their city with astonishing success. A better resolution image can be found hereThe seven districts of Sasserine (and their main religion) are:
- Azure district (Azure Cathedral)
- Champion’s District (Bane)
- Cudgel District (Bahamut)
- Merchant’s District (Traveller)
- Noble District (The Raven Queen)
- Shadowshore (Sehanine)
- Sunrise (Pelor)
There are also several Organizations operating in Sasserine that may offer employment.