Cold as the Depths
Ilyssa’s Landing’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 Ilyssa’s Landing, 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 Twixt, but in actuality this district is a melting pot of faiths.
Alma Telvanta (female human)
An exotic and intriguing woman, Alma runs the prestigious Telvanta Dance Academy.
Anwyn Arabani (female half-elf)
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 Ilyssa’s Landing.
Dhalven Miomar (male human)
Lord of the Merchant’s Guild, Dhalven is a gifted public speaker.
Feldus Selvant (male human)
Feldus is the soft-spoken caretaker of the Seeker’s Lodge. He is often gone from Ilyssa’s Landing for months at a time on adventures.
Lavinia Vanderboren (female human)
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 half-elf )
Keeper of the temple of Twixt, Lirali’s congregation is small, but she seems like a friendly-enough woman.
Velkandar Toregson (male human)
Eldest son of the Toregson family, Velkandar runs the Smith’s Guildhall.
Merchant District Locations
Of the ten small isles that make up the Merchant’s district, many of them have the same lightly colored wall and open fronts that most of the buildings do in the city. But two of the islands, the two south west islands, have a much stranger feel to them. These islands (holding locations 32-41, and then 52-59) have very few permanent buildings. Most of which are labeled below. But many of the buildings there in truth play home to a massive bazaar. An ever changing series of tents, lean-tos, and where nearly anything can be bought, sold, traded, or bargained for.
1: The Ticklish Ogre (tavern)
2: The Gilded Ass (inn/tavern)
3: Locksmith’s Guildhall
4: The Dancing Squirrel (curio shop)
5: The Wondering Knight (fine armor)
6: Gypsy’s Delight (exotic Tailor/costume shop)
7: Shiny Things (general goods, trinkets, jewelry)
8: Where Are We? (map maker)
8A: You Are Here. (map maker)
9: Broken Knee (moneylender)
10: Baker’s Guildhall
11: Temple of The Forgotten God (district church – Order of the Coin)
12: Harbor Market (general goods, imported goods, minor magic, food, entertainment)
13: Silk Merchants Inc. (tailor and clothing store/manufacturer)
14: Hedgehog’s (perfumes, fine Soaps, and oils)
15: Tink’s ‘n’ Things (tinker shop)
16: Glassblower’s Guildhall
17: Gem-cutters and Jewelers Guildhall
18: Shrine of Carver (God of Art)
19: Merchant’s Guildhall
20: Ms Lovett’s Meat Pies (meat seller) and Barber’s Guildhall (located on second floor)
21: The Drunken Pygmy (tavern/mead shop)
22: Weaver’s Guildhall
23: Frog-on-my-toe (magic shop)
24: Shrine of Kimber (goddess of knowledge)
25: Ode to Roric (tavern/gaming hall)
26: No-Sole’s Footwear Cobbler’s Guildhall
27: General’s General (general goods)
28: Six Sleepy Saints (Inn)
29: Divine Tastes (Temple of Twixt) (God of travel)
30: Spicemerchant’s Guildhall
31: Tavernkeeper’s Guildhall
32: Flurry of Curry (spice trader)
33: Grace and Lace (fine clothing)
34: [[Orilander’s Emporium of the Soul]] (magic shop/bookshop)
35: Naughty Bits (Fine under things and exotic costumes)
36: Telvanta Academy (prestigious dance school)
37: Enneanot’s Pretties and Paintings
38: Leatherworker’s Guildhall
39: Scrivener’s Guildhall (scribes)
40: Venton’s (sage—Knowledge [local])
41: Gallery 63 (auction house)
42: Smithy (metal work and armor)
43: Ilyssa’s Landing Tours (guides to the city)
44: Shrine of Chloe (Goddess of healing)
45: Epic LOOT (Player’s Business)
46: The Singing Rose (perfumes and oils)
47: Tailor’s Guildhall
48: Alchemist’s Guildhall
49: Butcher’s Guildhall
50: Scavenger’s Guildhall
51: Gondola Headquarters
52: Teamster’s Guildhall
53: The Grey Kitten (brothel)
54: Wheelwright’s Guildhall
55: The Rusty Pirate (tavern)
56: Launderer’s Guildhall
57: Tanner’s Guildhall
58: Madam Fox’s Bathhouse
59: The Bent Goblin (inn)
60: The Velvet Orchid (brothel)
61: Pleasure Home Temple to Caliga (Goddess of Sex, Morality, and Humanity)
62: Silken Chains (moneylender)
63: Church of Chloe (Goddess of Healing)
64: Obsidian Butterfly (brothel)
65: Merchant’s Garrison
66: Innkeeper’s Guildhall
67: Mikovitch’s Paintings
68: The Golden Pageboy (upscale tavern/inn)
69: Beautiful Baubles (jewelry and gems)
70: Stirling Manor (district representative)
71: Krexalon Imports (exotic imports)
72: Fancy Feet (cobbler)
73: Coins From Above (moneylender)
74: The Warhammer (weaponry)
75: Prestige (opera house)
76: Lush (fine dining)
77: Barrister’s Guildhall
78: The Inner Labyrinth (occult books)
79: Vanderboren Manor (minor noble)