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France, 1490

Novek's Landing, or Le Palier de Novek, is a city of roughly 35000 souls located on the Mediterranean coast of France. It occupies a small peninsula with exactly two roads connecting it to mainland France. One of these roads is only usable in the summer, tidal changes and bad weather making it either too dangerous to attempt or fully underwater at any other time of year. The northeasternmost part of the Pyranees lies just beyond the peninsula, making passage from anywhere else difficult at the best of times and downright treacherous in the deep of winter.

Although surrounded by mountains, the weather of Novek's Landing is relatively mild. It does snow, but usually no more than a few inches over the course of the entire winter. Temperatures reach a usual low in the mid-20s for a few weeks from mid-January to mid-February. Summer is warm without being oppressive, with low humidity and highs reaching the low 90s for a few weeks in August.

This area of France is predominantly Catholic or Calvinist, but Novek's Landing has steadfastly and stubbornly managed to cling to its Pagan roots. Most in the city claim to be Christians, but have a decidedly lax attitude towards the dictates of the Church. There are Solstice and Equinox festivals and parties that tend to be more popular than Catholic holidays, and church attendance is low at any given mass or sermon.

The most popular festival in Novek's Landing is the Midwinter Carnival, a city-wide day of merrymaking on the winter solstice sponsored by the Marseiux family. It's a day when the city is essentially shut down and turned into a party zone.

Contents

The Sections Of The City

Civic Quarter: Governed by the council; Population – 2,550; Class – High

Info: Situated in the center of the Landing, this is the home of all government doings.

  • Civic district (gov’t offices)
  • Fine Shops
  • Embassy District
  • Average residential
  • Finance District
  • Park District
  • Councilor Estates


Seaside Ward: Governed by Councilor Loer Masterson; Population – 5,400; Class – Low

Info: This district claims most of the harbor and docks.

  • Waterfront
  • Tenements
  • Marketplace
  • Red light district
  • Shanty town
  • Warehouse district
  • Tavern district
  • Slums


Mercantile Ward: Governed by Councilor Beaumont Surilo; Population – 4,200; Class – Middle

Info: While traders and craftsmen are set up throughout the city, the more affluent and influential merchants reside and work here.

  • Guild district
  • Average residential
  • Marketplace
  • Professionals
  • Fine shops
  • Shops
  • Park district
  • Finance district


Nor’easter Ward: Governed by Elmrak Kell; Population – 5,500; Class – Low

Info: This is the warehouse and storage district within the city and was named after its location on the north east side.

  • Tannery
  • Warehouse
  • Tavern
  • Shantytown
  • Tenement
  • Slums
  • Graveyard


Marketer’s Row: Governed by Councilor Raydir Itek; Population – 4,950; Class – Low

Info: This area was once the original market square when Novek’s Landing was much, much smaller. Though it still contains markets, a few seedier establishments have arisen over time.

  • Marketplace
  • Red light district
  • Shops
  • Caravan district
  • Apartments
  • Tavern district
  • Warehouse district
  • Inn district


Rondam’s Ward: Governed by Council Quintus Esshin; Population – 5,000; Class – Middle

Info: Named after First Councilor Davit Rondam, this ward is also known as “The Wayfarers’ Home” and travelers of all sorts eventually find their way here.

  • Warehouse
  • Shops
  • Guildhall district
  • Marketplace
  • Inn district
  • Professionals
  • Tavern district
  • Pleasure district - Gwen's home


Historic Quarter: Governed by Councilor Athos Vendison; Population – 3,100; Class – High

Info: This is district where the original city was founded and is now devoted to higher learning and the humanities.

  • Finance district
  • Fine shops
  • University
  • Marketplace
  • Park district
  • Average residential
  • Wealthy residential
  • Church


Military Square: Governed by Councilor Worl Adbur; Population – 4,400; Class – Middle

Info: Not only does the city train their fighting forces here, they also house the families of guards and soldiers alike.

  • Warehouse
  • Marketplace
  • Average residential
  • Shops
  • Garrison
  • Prison

Notable Organizations

Entertainer's Guild

Background: Owners of the more “frivolous” businesses banded together to preserve their practices. Membership includes a handful of theater owners, musical instructors, a former wandering storyteller who settled down in the city (and maintains his old connections around France), publicans from a couple of the more well-to-do taverns, and the head acrobat from the leading cirque in the area. The primary function of the guild is to protect the interests of the member establishments and independent entertainers.

Guild Rulership: Cohesive Democracy – each business owner knows they will have an easier time surviving if they work together. It still doesn’t mean there isn’t the occasional disagreement, but more often than not such things are resolved quickly.


It is worth noting that there is a dark side to the Guild. Along with providing the services noted above, the Guild members also secretly engage in less savory practices, such as information peddling, protection rackets, and similar criminal activities. It is generally known that some sort of organization must be active in the city, but who runs any of it is entirely mysterious.

City Guard

As is routine for most population centers, there is a police force in Novek's Landing. Gaston Evatre administers the Guard on Lord Evatre's behalf. The guard is generally known for being relatively fair in application of the laws, and having investigators who are competent and not too easily bribed.