Ajmathi, The Grand Bazaar of Rie’shae.
At the heart ofis the ceaseless clamour and bustle of Ajmathi, the grand bazaar. Merchants and traders from all corners of the underworld, and beyond, come here to trade and sell their wares. All the denizens of the city are said to pass through and shop at the Bazaar, even the House Matriarchs themselves. It is said that anything your heart desires can be found somewhere in Ajmathi. Through the throng of noise and hustle of commerce the deafening uproar of flamboyant merchants competing with one another, their voices straining to rise above others as they heckle passers-by. The confusion only amplified by hawkers selling a seemingly random assortments of products, and street performers beguiling the naïve of their coin. The aptly named Grand Bazaar, or Ajmathi as it is known by the locals is an immense open plaza, packed tightly with rows upon rows of stalls, booths and merchant caravans with all manner of strange and exotic wares. It is said that anything your heart desires can be found somewhere in Ajmathi. Colourful arrays of peoples from all range of races, class and creed can be found here. From prominent Dral'azie Nobility in their silks and finery, to lowliest slave in little more than dinghy rags. Cramped and pressed into the swathes of people, patrols of city watchmen find themselves flustered, as they do their best to keep everything from descending into complete chaos.
Though the focus ofRie’shae is the crystal court of Ga’venn’shviie or the Grand Temple, it is Ajmathi, the Grand Bazaar, that is the beating heart and lifeblood of the city. No permanent structures are permitted within it’s limits, merchants and traders are required to move their places of business every six months, to prevent monopolies on space and promote browsing, often making it seem like some stools just up and vanish. The more permanent businesses are found surrounding the great central Plaza of the Bazaar, seemingly endless rows of shops, emporiums and boutiques spilling out into the countless narrow streets and jaunty always beyond. It is in these back ally’s that one can find many unlicensed and illicit activities.
Most races are welcome, leading the council to enforce strict laws and regulations within Ajmathi to ensure the peace is kept. As long as peace and a decorum of respect is shown to the city authorities, someone can peruse the Bazaar and buy whatever they might have desired here. It is not uncommon to findsurface-dwelling merchants and trade goods passing through or remained in. These rules and edicts are enforced by Ajmathi’s overseer and the city watch, who’s role is to enforce the peace, investigate trade disputes and enforce the law. Whom can frequently be found patrolling through the bedlam.
Sigil of The City-state of Rie'shae.
Trivia;Originally only the central Bazaar was named Ajmathi. Natives of commonly referred to the market district as a whole as Ajmathi. Overtime, as the Bazaar grew, it would quickly swallow up the majority of the market district and become officially known as Ajmathi.