City-State of Caldera

(population: 7,630) Also called "Nas'Krii" by the Eloysians and "Cauldron" by many of the local population; Caldera is a small city literally built around a dormant volcano in the Hellfire Mountains; the city is located in a northern region of Avokhar called the Rockdale.

Originally a colonial settlement of Sha'Dur, and later settled by Eloysians, the city grew large and prosperous under the influence of Ralani colonists sailing south from the kingdom of Ralas on Corwyn, many of whom were trying to flee the War of the Celadon. The city was established by Surabar the Spellmason, assisted by group of adventurers called the Founders. The legacy of those Founders is seen today; their descendants are called the Five Families of Caldera.

The city is located near the Republic of Kendar on the continent of Avokhar, and is heavily influenced by that nation. Caldera also maintains relations with the much larger city of Sasserine, located directly west, along the coast of the Shining Sea. Caldera is currently ruled by Lord Severan Navalent. For a small city, Caldera has several temples; Berevrom, Etahr, Ator, and Nerydia.

Prominent Citizens:

Celeste, Felian Shard, Jenya, Kristof, Ochio Vhalantru, Ophelia Knowlern, Saracem, Severan Navalent, Shensen, Skylar Krewlis, Terseon Skellerang,


Nearby Sites:

Hollow-sky: This village is the smallest of the four human settlements in the Cauldron Region. With a population of 460, it barely qualifies as a village. The half-elf community of Starforest can be found here.

Redgorge: This village was the first human settlement in the area. Founded about 700 years ago, Redgorge was at one time a much larger settlement, but it never fully recovered from a demonic assault long ago. Redgorge sits in a narrow strip of flat ground between a cliff and an immense quarry of red pebble gravel. West of the village, a prodigious line of fortifications known as the Basalt Bastions protect the land, their massive walls unguarded and draped with vines. These fortifications, as impressive as Cauldron’s outer walls, tower over the village itself. They were built centuries ago by Surabar the Spellmason’s powerful spells in a single week, to aid in the defense of Redgorge against the denizens of the Demonskar. Today, Redgorge is a farming and mining village. The old Stonemasons District, where Surabar himself once dwelt, is visibly depopulated and most its buildings lie empty and in ruin.

Kingfisher Hollow: This large walled town, with its population of 2,500 souls, is the third largest settlement in the Rockdale Region, after Sasserine and Caldera. It’s also the primary location for the region’s plantations. The town is surrounded by fields of coffee, cotton and sugarcane.

Lucky Monkey Inn: This is a popular roadside tavern and inn on the Rockdale Road, located halfway between Sasserine and Cauldron. It also houses a shrine to Ethenghar.



1-4 City gates: These tall wooden gates and strong stone battlements are left open by day, but are closed after nightfall. All four are manned at all times by city guardsmen. Northgate opens to the Malachite Road, which leads to Kingfisher Hollow. Southgate opens to the South Road, which leads to Redgorge. Eastgate opens to the East Road, which leads to Hollow-Sky. Westgate opens to the Rockdale Road, which leads to Sasserine.

5. City Hall: Caldera’s town hall is a single-story building and one of the oldest structures in the city. The building serves as a place for Lord Severan Navalant and his advisers to hold meetings with the nobles and important people in the city. Records of ownership, historical documents, and similar archives can be had here. The Hall is connected to the guard barracks by an underground passage.

6. City Guard Barracks: These buildings house Caldera’s garrison of 120 soldiers. The central area of this walled compound is used for training, and the low, single-story keep is the above-ground facade for the Caldera Dungeon; an underground facility that can hold hundreds of prisoners. The Captain of the Guard; Terseon Skellerang, lives in a one-story green-roofed house in the south-western corner of the compound. The Barracks are located next to the Town Hall, and are off-limits to civilians.

7. Temple of Berevrom: A two-story, domed structure with blue and white marble walls. High priest is Saracem. His principal assistant is Jenya

8. Maavu Warehouses: Owned by Maavu imports, these warehouses hold the many types of goods bought ands sold in Maavu’s trading business.

9. The Burning Tree: A favorite tavern for miners, plantation workers, and other working-class citizens. The food and drink are cheap, and the town guard tends to ignore the place, making it a handy site for illicit deals and clandestine meetings. Barkeep is Falco.

10. Golden Sunrise: This high-society club and inn is a favorite place for Caldera’s rich and powerful to meet and relax. Membership is required for entrance, unless one pays a hefty fee. The Hostess is Celeste. Its current owner is a mystery.

11. Maavu's Imports: One of the more successful businesses in Caldera, Maavu is a shrewd businessman, who buys and sells exotic good for a tidy profit.

12. Cracktooth’s Tap: This tavern is generally regarded as the best place in the city for common folk to get a drink. It’s a favorite place for off-duty city guards, and as such, brawls are fairly rare. Barkeep is Rivek Mol

13. Tygot’s Old Things: This is a well-stocked antiquity shop that specializes in non-magical objects gathered from across the known world. Tygot; the owner, frequently buys old documents and artifacts from local adventurers. The shop is a two-storied structure with a small flat on the upper floor and a well-organized business area on the first floor.

14. Skie’s Treasury: This small shop is owned and run by Skie Aldersun. The modest building is constructed from blocks of volcanic stone. The facade of the building bears dozens, if not hundreds, of symbols and sigils that have been carved into the face of the stone. One door and a pair of tiny windows face the road and overlook the lake below. Above the door, a sign proclaims the establishment to be Skie’s Treasury. This store is famous for its magical treasures, all for sale at steep prices.

15. Gurnezarn’s Smithy: This smithy is generally regarded as the finest such establishment. Its owner is Phalian Gurnezarn

16. Vanderboren Estate: This opulent estate is home to the both Loren Vanderboren and Tobias Vanderboren; one of the famous “five families” of Caldera.

17. The Merry Mermaid: This low-cost inn and flophouse caters to any-one who cannot afford to stay at any reputable establishment. Prices here are 75% normal, but the owners make no guarantees against theft or loss. Owner is Garth. (male dwarf)

18. Lantern Street Orphanage: The orphanage rests on the corner of Lantern Street and Lava Avenue, its charcoal-colored stones held together with mold-encrusted mortar. The windows on both stories are tightly shuttered, but a few slivers of light manage to escape from within. Lanterns hang on either side of the oaken front door. On the front door is mounted a green knocker, shaped like a smiling gargoyle's visage; its nostrils pierced by a copper ring. The headmistress is Gretchen (Halfling female)

19. Tricksy Nixie: The Nixie is a high-class inn, tavern, and dancehall owned and operated by the Azlaxin family. Although prices here tend to be double the normal asking price, the food and drink are rivaled only by the Golden Sunrise. These two locations have a healthy competition, while Sunrise is generally held to have better food and drink; the Nixie has the best entertainment. The Barkeep is Alyssa

20. Lakeside Pavilion: This open pavilion is one of the oldest structures in Caldera. Said to have been formed via magic cast by Surabar the Spellmason himself, the pavilion is traditionally where the lord mayor issues announcements and decrees. It has also become a favorite place after dark for illicit meetings.

21. Taskerhill Estate: This opulent estate is home to Andros Taskerhill and Annah Taskerhill; one of the famous “five families” of Caldera.

22. Surefoot Livery: The Sure Foot Livery is the best clothing and tailoring shop in town. The business is run by Tippy Surefoot. (female halfling)

23. Exotic Elixirs: This small, cramped shop is the preferred place in Caldera for potions and alchemical items. Owner is Vortimax.

25. Temple of Ator: A yellow stone tower, decorated with ornate carvings of the sun. The high priest is Kristof.

26. Navalant Estate: This walled estate is the home of Lord Sevaran Navalant; the appointed ruler of Caldera. The entry gate is normally shut and protected by two heavily armed city guardsmen.

27. Zanathor’s Provisions: A general store with fair prices There few magical items either bought or sold here. Owner is Zanathor

28. Ghelve's Locks: Well-known and popular locksmith, known throughout the city. The owner is Keyghan Ghelve. (male gnome)

29. Temple of Nerydia: A beautiful towering structure covered in beautiful purple marble, this temple is said to be the oldest structure in the city. High priest is Embryl.

30. Westkey’s Maps: A small shop on that sells maps. It is a new shop, and as such generally only stocks general maps of the area. Owner is Dunadar

31. Home of Criswell the Sage.

32. Azlaxin Estate: This opulent estate is home to the noble Azlaxin family; one of the famous “five families” of Caldera.

33. Tercival Estate: This opulent estate is home to the noble Tercival family; one of the famous “five families” of Caldera.

34. Lathenmire Estate: This sprawling is home to the noble Lathenmire family; a member of the “new” nobility of Caldera; raised up from the status of wealthy merchants.

35. Brass Trumpet: Once a lively tavern, this building has been boarded up for years, and despite several attempts, it has never been reopened. It is currently in a decrepit state.

37. Rhivaldi Estate: This opulent estate is home to both Thirifane Rhivaldi, Jakob Rhivaldi, and Rhianon Rhivaldi; one of the famous “five families” of Caldera.

37. Knowlern Manor: This palatial home is owned by the noble Knowlern family; The Knowlerns are “new" money; ,primarily from trading and banking.

38. Temple of Etahr: This small temple is built of dark red stones, and has large brass doors at its entryway. Currently the temple headed by High Priest Asfelkir

39. Drunken Harlot Inn: This is perhaps the most popular inn in the city of Caldera. A regular stop for many merchants and traveling adventurers, the combination of comfortable beds, good food, and reasonable prices make it a favorite among the city’s returning visitors. the Harlot can become quite rowdy and is a frequent target of the city guard. The large common room is decorated with several obscene, lustful paintings. The innkeeper is Halder.

40. Vhalantru Estate: This sprawling is home to Ochio Vhalantru; a member of the “new” nobility of Caldera; raised up from the status of wealthy merchants.

41. Campsite: located outside the city walls, this area is open ground where Merchant caravans gather, as well as farmers and other outside traders

42. Road to Redgorge