Deathsgate

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Adventurer's Quarter in Middle Tavick's Landing

Score 318

04/06/24

People from all walks of life and all corners of Argones can be found in Deathsgate. Former soldiers and war wizards rub shoulders with explorers and aspiring artificers, and conversations in half a dozen languages can be heard at any given moment.

Named for the nearby City of the Dead, this District houses the Deathsgate Guild and businesses that cater to adventurers. House Olander recruits mercenaries at its outpost here.

The District of Deathsgate caters to adventurers, much as the Clifftop district of Upper Dura does. Like Clifftop, the district has an adventurer’s Guildhouse - though the Deathsgate Guild has a dark reputation, and its members often pick fights with Clifftop adventurers. House Wainwright has a large house of healing in the ward, and House Olander maintains a recruiting station for would-be mercenaries.

Officially, Deathsgate takes its name from its proximity to Halden's Tomb; a massive bridge connects the district to the necropolis, and funerary services are often held in the small temples of the district. But over the centuries, Deathsgate has become a home for those who challenge death on a daily basis—explorers, adventurers, and mercenaries of all stripes. Whether they are looking for companionship, spellcasting, or equipment, a party of adventurers should be able to find what they seek in Deathsgate.

Like its counterpart in Upper Dura, Clifftop, Deathsgate offers an exceptional range of services, but these are rarely the best the city has to offer. Many magic items are available, but the ceiling on prices keeps characters from acquiring exceptionally powerful items. However, the shops of Deathsgate are more than happy to buy or sell partially used charged items. The pawnshops generally offer 45% of value for almost any sort of goods, except those that are obviously stolen. Occasionally a fence can be found here, though usually this requires a trip to Dragoneyes or Lower Dura.

While similar to Clifftop in many respects, Deathsgate has a less savory reputation. While the explorers of Clifftop often seek to gain knowledge or to help people in need, Deathsgate caters to those who simply love gold or bloodshed. The people of Deathsgate are not necessarily evil—but they don't care about the moral consequences of their actions.

A number of dragonmarked houses maintain outposts in Deathsgate. House Wainwright maintains a large house of healing and does a brisk trade. House Olander has a small enclave from which it recruits many of its Blademark warriors. House Ningle has an office of the Speakers Guild, including a message station, translation services, and a few barristers who specialize in the many concerns of adventurers.

Other businesses in Deathsgate include Ancient Blades, a mystical forge that deals in magic arms and armor with a value of up to 35,000 gp; Dark Words, a dealer in scrolls; Bottled Silver, a potion merchant; Maynard's Menagerie, a Murdoch-owned business dealing in exotic pets and animal companions; and The Labyrinth, a ramshackle old shop that nonetheless has a wide assortment of useful wondrous items.

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