Lendore - Island of Adventure
The capital city for the island, Lo Reltarma, is the first city built by the wizard Lendore when he arrived on the island 500 years ago. It was established on the banks of the Reltar River just 3.5 miles inland from the coast where a bend in the river provided a natural harbor. Since its founding, the city has expanded and its population has grown to just under 20,000 in the city and surrounding environs.
Originally built to be a stronghold for Lendore, Lo Reltarma grew as more people fled the nearly constant state of warfare on the main continent during that time. The city has transformed from a wizard’s fortification at its inception to a primary port city with a supporting shipbuilding industry for the Reltar Principality. As the city expanded from the hills beside the river, large areas of agriculture sprung up on the protected southern bank of the river to provide for the needs of the city.
As capital of Lendore Isle, the Council of Seven meet here annually to discuss and govern the affairs of the Island nation. Typically, these discussions involve settling internal disputes between the various regions of the island before problems erupt into open warfare. After the Dwarvo-Elvish Wars about three and a half centuries previous, the Council was expanded to include the leaders of the elves (The Speaker of the Great Maple) and the dwarves (The High Thane of the Stone Throne) who also reside on the island.
The city itself is a free city. and theoretically not a part of a particular region although it is completely within Reltar. Because of city’s location however, the principality has risen to prominence among the regions. The Prince of Reltar does not have direct authority over the city however. The task of governing falls to three individuals; the Lord Mayor, the Lord Chamberlain, and the Chancellor of the Treasury.
City Governance Structure
The aforementioned individuals form the Governance Council for the the city.
His Honor, the Lord Mayor is the head of the city government. Only he can propose laws for the city, though a majority of the Governance Council, of which he is the chairman, must approve. The city’s Guardsmen and the Watch fall under his authority. All official religious activity must have his sanction to formally operate within the city.
The Honorable Lord Chamberlain maintains the organization of the city’s functionaries and departments. He is responsible for the execution of the laws and ordinances on the record. Officially, all of the trade guilds report to him (though many have their own particular patron within the government). The Lord Chamberlain also appoints local judiciary to administer justice for the city. These also must be approved by the Governance Council.
The Chancellor of the Treasury controls the finances of the city government. The Chancellor’s Office collects the local taxes and releases those funds to the Lord Mayor and Lord Chamberlain as required. He is responsible for the fiscal well-being of the city. While his power is limited to taxation and expenditure, his role as the final member of the Governance Council and the influence it can exert provide a balance to the others of the council.
As to be expected, a city serving as a major port has caused the rise of many guilds to control commerce. Each of the guilds have dominance over their own particular industry. The larger guilds maintain independent influence within the Governing Council while some of the smaller guilds have formed a confederation to help them exert influence there. The largest of the guilds is the Longshoremen’s Guild, followed closely by the Shipbuilder’s Guild. This follows as a natural result of the city’s evolution into the major port for the island (though the ports at Bishopville, Sardinia, and Seaton are vying to catch it). A smaller guild on the rise to gaining power and influence is the Moneychanger’s Guild.
There are also unconfirmed stories of an organized crime group that has developed within the growing affluence brought by the trade. This Thieves’ Guild, as it has been dubbed, has been officially proclaimed to be just rumor. Despite this, the stories are repeated in the bars and pubs of the city. Some claim that it is a small group of thieves trying to build a name for themselves, while others go so far as to purport that a large clandestine organization has infiltrated all levels of government and industry. In either case, the stories continue to be spread, lending credence to at least some level of truth, official proclamations notwithstanding.
There are three major temples within the city itself, all to major Suloise gods. There is a temple to Lydia. The temple is located in the northern part of the city, springing up within the last century and a half. Much of it had to be rebuilt after the orcish invasion some 50 years ago. A temple dedicated to Xerbo exists near the port area. Finally, and somewhat of an oddity, is the Church of the Big Gamble, dedicated to Norebo, near the northwest corner of the city. It is odd, because most of the shrines dedicated to him are rather small. Norebo also attracts a wilder, more chaotic, type of worshiper. The permission to build such a temple was granted after the priesthood of Norebo fought valiantly against the orcish invasion.
Other minor shrines also exist in the city. The Guild of the Armsmen maintain a shrine to Kord. The wizards of the Eldoak College have a shrine to Wee Jas, their patron. While unconfirmed, there have been stories of cults of Beltar and Pyremius in the area as well of those of foreign gods, most notably Set and Poseidon.
Near the Pritlorn Oak, the Eldoak College is located. The educational facility attracts students from all over the island. Students can choose courses of study in the humanities or the natural and magical sciences. The college has grown from its humble beginnings and has several professors involved in all manner of research. Its existence has spawned several of the industries that surround educational endeavors; tenements, parchment makers, libraries, glass blowers, etc. The college has been a large source of revenue for the city coffers.