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Port Shatter Primer

That damn city... It doesn't matter to her if you're born on high in Proclamation or in the gutters of Oracle like me. Port Shatter finds a way to seduce you, use you up and grind you down. Get out while you can. While she lets you.
— Franklin Saint
    Glory.   Awe-inspiring, radiant, glory.  

Port Shatter a city with a veneer of wealth, decadence and grandeur that conceals a much darker heart. The city’s beauty and opulent splendor is built on a foundation of slavery, oppression and secrets.

 

From Radiant Parish the Church of Enarch directs the expansion of their faith while in the slums of Oracle gangs, guilds, and terrorists work to undermine the rule of law. The monolithic and zealous Church issues pogroms against these nefarious organizations in a conflict known as the War of Faith and Filth. The average citizen of Port Shatter doesn’t relish the idea of seeing either side topple the other. Life under the harsh dictates of the Church would be just as difficult as existing in a metropolis dominated by lawless thugs.

 

The city’s Governor, Valentine Bell, plays each side against each other; perpetuating the struggle while watching from his palatial estate in Proclamation Parish. This petty battle between priests and thugs is not his own concern. The waters around Port Shatter are plagued by nightmarish monstrosities known as the Kraken-born. Named after myth mentioned in ancient texts found during the island-city's early days. These creatures rise up from the depths of the Endless Blue Ocean to sink ships and savage the shores of Port Shatter. They call the arrival of each new beast an Advent and the Advents are only getting worse and more frequent.

 

This system is all born on the backs of the indentured that fill every corner of Castigation Parish. The luxuries and vices that surround Port Shatter are more snake oil than truth. The story of those that are seduced by these promises ends more often than not with crushing debt, addicting and a lifetime working off your burden in the city’s labor force. The Debtor’s Legion.

 

The glory of Port Shatter is a lie woven from the blood, sweat and tears of those foolish enough to believe it. Do not linger it long.

Demographics

About a quarter of the city's population are indentured into the Debtors' Legion. The rest are citizens living throughout the city or Enarchi faithful sequestered away in Radiant Parish

Government

Port Shatter is ruled by Governor Valentine Bell who answers only to the Prime Minister of Ironrise

Defences

The Endless Blue Ocean, The Walls of Castigation Parish, Tiered nature of the city allows for cutting off traffic and travel easily

Industry

Port Shatter's primary industry is slave labor. A considerable number of foreign businesses contract with the city's Debtors' Legion for construction projects. Many sea and airships are built in Port Shatter's harbors by slaves under contract to wealthy nobles in Ironrise and Nightfall.

 

Tourism is the most public-facing industry. Citizens from every city in Spirel relish the idea of spending a holiday in the tropical paradise of Port Shatter. Specifically, the wild celebrations that fill the streets of Ressurection Parish. Hotels, restaurants, brothels, drug dens and luxury boutiques all cater to the incoming clientele and the money they're looking to part with.

Infrastructure

Most infrastructure in the city is supported by either foreign wealthy coming in via tourism, property taxation or criminal investments. All infrastructure is constructed and maintained by the Debtors' Legion of Castigation Parish.

Guilds and Factions

The Enarchi Church- The headquarters for all of the Enarchi faith is Radiant Parish. As such, the church is a powerful force in the city and one always striving to increase its influence in city politics.

The Guilds - Guild is the polite term most of these organizations use when referring to each other. In truth, the word is synonymous with gang in Port Shatter. Hundreds of these guilds take to the streets each night looking to scam tourists and expand their territories. These expansions put them into frequent conflict with the Enarchi Church and with each other. Governor Bell tolerates their activities so long as they stay away from the crowds in Ressurection Parish and out of his sight in Proclamation Parish.


Kraken - The clandestine terrorist organization makes their home in Port Shatter, operating out of the opulent mansions in Proclamation Parish. They have the ear of the Governor and the support of many of the guilds as well as the ire of the Enarchi Church

Port Shatter Symbol
Port Shatter's Sigil by Yusef Abonamah
Type
Metropolis
Population
310,000
City's Dock: Castigation Parish

City's Sidequest Deck

  Iron Eye Opens
  Guild Thugs
  Tidal Surge
  Silver Ghosts
  What’s your pleasure, sir?
  Guild Favor
  Tidal Surge
  Church Alms Collector
  Casino Regal
  Guild Thugs
  Blessings of the Church
  Agents of the Enemy
  The War of Faith and Filth
  Kraken Born Monstrosity
  Wayfarers’ Day


Cover image: The Castigators by Merzilla Chan

Comments

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6 May, 2018 02:45

The guilds seem to have had a run in with some bad formatting!

6 May, 2018 03:38

Let me know what you mean and I'd love to be able to fix it

6 May, 2018 11:03

Kraken has a different color from the rest of the article. Enarchi Church is missing a space.

6 May, 2018 18:21

I think they're fixed but i'm not sure 100%. Feel free to PM me on discord with screen shots of what youre seeing. I appreciate your help