Atil Slave Hold of Gorgan
Atil was once a way point along frontier roads where unscrupulous member of many races could trade in stolen goods, livestock, and on occasion captives. Only after decades of this did some enterprising warlords began to arrive in search of slaves, and realize the potential of their situation. Atil grew swiftly into a functional if unattractive city. Its buildings are sturdier, its roads wider, and its walls higher, but it’s no less ugly or squalid than it was when it was a collection of carts and wagons next to a dirt road. She is truly a sister city to the Island Kingdom of Najn who has an annual slave trade less than half of Atil.
Ruled by a council appointed by the controlling family’s of Gorgan which is made up of its richest citizens and the most powerful slave-traders. An enormous portion of the population consists of slaves and those who guard them, giving the entire city an atmosphere of misery.
Atil has a mass of wealth within its walls and can contain more than two thousand travelers, both buyers and sellers, in addition to its resident population.
The architecture is sharply divided along class lines. The stone houses and offices of the powerful are bizarre hybrids of military efficiency and opulent style. They feature strong doors, narrow window, and high gates to protect against rival’s forces, assassination attempts, and the constant threat of uprising. Yet they display ornate statues of colorful dyes, mosaics of vibrant hue and tapestry’s that rival some royal collections.
Most of the city’s other structures are wooden and simple, whether they serve as homes for the city’s poor or as shops, taverns, and slave stables. the citizens prefer swift and cheap to difficult and expensive.
The city government devotes some attention to influencing the first impressions of visitors. Although Atil’s clients arrive simply to do business and are unimpressed with shows of wealth, they do appreciate efficiency. Thus, the larger and cleaner buildings are clustered along the main avenues, so visitors encounter them first and have not far to travel for business.
Atil, being a slaver city, resembles a military compound in terms of general layout. The streets are almost all unpaved, other than a few leading to the slave markets. Main avenues are wide, if not well kept to allow carts to carry slaves to and from the markets. Smaller streets are winding and confusing, to slow the escape of any slaves who manage to flee.
Soldiers stand at all major intersections, and the city’s various districts are walled off from each other. Guarded gates ensure that escaped slaves must bypass multiple obstacles to win freedom.
A stone defensive wall rings the city, but it is unlike most others. Wooden spikes and embedded broken glass protrude from both sides, and portcullis defend the inside and outside of the heavy wooden doors. Atil’s wall is designed to enable defenders to fight off invaders from outside or rebelling slaves from within.
Features of Atil
- Defensive wall
- City Gate
- Civic district/Lord’s Manor (combined)
- Embassy district
- Fine shops
- Magic district
- Noble estates
- Wealthy residential district
- Average residential district
- Guildhall district
- Temple district
- Caravan district
- Inn/Tavern district
- Red-Light district
- Slum/Tenement district
- Warehouse district
- Slave quarter
Atil is crowded, dirty and miserable, and its citizens are much the same. The large slave population is wretched but transient, and most of the citizens are poor. Artisans and shopkeepers support the city’s only thriving industry by manufacturing and selling merchandise suited to the needs of slave traders, such as tools, shackles, and simple clothing. foreign merchants do not come here for other kinds of goods, and thus a shop that deals in furniture or tailored clothing is only as successful as local demand. The constant parade of new slaves, crying in pain and despair, has deafened the common people. They go through the motions of daily existence but care little about anything else.
In contrast the few truly successful slave traders who make their homes in the city dwell in fancy buildings, dress in ornate and colorful clothes and send for delicacies and luxuries from other cities. Like the general population, these people are also inured to suffering, but they reveal their soullessness through greed and cruelty rather than through general ennui.
Given the climate of poverty and misery, it is only natural that crime is rampant throughout Atil. The government deals with criminals as might be expected it sells them to the slavers.