Sasserine: Shadowshore (Old City / the Slums)
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This poor, rat-infested district is commonly known as the Old City and the Slums. Although relatively small, Shadowshore is the poorest, and most notorious of Sasserine's districts. This strip of land nestled in the shadow of Champions District used to be the in better condition during Sasserine's days as a colony of Kendar. However, since the Uprising, it has become a haven for thieves, thugs, and criminals of all kinds. Generally, the only people who live here are those poor enough that their homes hold no attraction to thieves, or those who can ably protect their property with either wits or muscle. The city watch has all but given up on Shadowshore, and as long as nothing particularly destructive arises from the district (such as fires or riots), they generally leave it to govern itself.

The self-proclaimed "leader" of this district and its representative on the Dawn Council is Emil Dracktus; a widely feared crime-lord.

The Black Market


While Sasserine’s markets and shops feature a wide range of goods and services, some are not off offerred in the light of day. Those seeking ilicit drugs, dangerous animals, evil magic, slaves,or cheap (and probably stolen) goods won’t find them for sale in sight of the city watch. Yet this does not mean these goods and services aren’t for sale. Sasserine has a strong black market, with venues located in all seven districts. In order to gain access to the black market, a character must first make a DC 20 Gather Information check to learn the current location of that district’s black market. In Azure District and Shadowshore, this is only a DC 15 Gather Information check, while in Champion’s or Noble District, it’s a DC 25 check. The black market is all but suppressed in Cudgel District—it’s a DC 30 Gather Information check to find an outlet there. Failing this check by 5 or more indicates that the District Watch hears of the character’s interests in obtaining illegal goods and services; the results of this failure depend upon the nature of that district’s watch. Although the black market has no restrictions on the type of its goods or services, it is still bound by Sasserine’s gold piece limit of 40,000. A character who wishes to buy something in excess of this value must either travel to a larger city or enlist the aid of an agent or importer to have the item purchased and delivered from elsewhere. An agent typically charges a 5% finder’s fee for such services.

Thieves’ Guilds


During the period when the city was ruled by the Republic of Kendar, aggressive law enforcement made Thieves’ Guilds virtually impossible to operate. But now that Sasserine has regained its independence, the city is seeing a renaissance of organized crime. At this point, several small guilds are more interested in fighting each other for dominance, and the city watch keeps a wary eye on the activities of these groups but does little to intervene; as long as they don’t endanger the city’s citizens. It is the worst-kept secret that all criminal activity in Shadowshore comes under the control of Emil Dracktus, who takes a generous cut of all profits. Draktus is the closest thing Sasserine has in the way of a "crime-boss," and his influence in underworld activities is quite deep.

Word on the street, however, is that one new group in particular has managed to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with—the Lotus Dragons. While the Lotus Dragons, if indeed they do exist, have yet to make their presence known to the city watch and civilians of Sasserine, the fact that minor guild activity has been tapering off over the last year lends validity to these rumors.

City Watch


The true slums of Sasserine, Shadowshore is where the desperate come to hide or die. The smallest of the districts, it is easy for citizens of other districts to look the other way from the trouble that commonly brews here. Members of other watches who prove to unruly or insubordinate are often reassigned to Shadowshore - more as a punishment than anything else. Corruption is rife among the Shadowshore watch, who only patrol the shoreline and are known to be in the pocket of the local crime-lords and Thieves' Guilds of the district. Only the most blatant of crimes (murder, arson, public assaults, and other highly-visible offenses) are acted upon, making Shadowshore a haven for Sasserine's nastiest criminal elements. The Shadowshore Watch is the smallest of the district watches; it barely manages 25 guardsmen.

Citizens


Shadowshore is where the dregs of Sasserine seep to. The district is young enough that the only people who grew up here are the remnants of the inhabitants of the royal quarter, who are either rich enough to live in well-guarded houses, or are now stripped of all their wealth and power. If you live in Shadowshore, then you have certainly seen your fair share of dead bodies: they often turn up in dark alleys or floating in the harbor. If you're not the thuggish type, then you have probably developed a knack for hiding and fighting dirty. You may have worked for one of the few legitimate businesses here, but most likely you are a true child of the streets. Faith is hard to come by in Shadowshore, but if you are a cleric, then you probably worship S'Thar, and you hope and pray that the Goddess of Thieves watches over you at night on the dangerous streets of this part of town.

Notable NPCs:


Emil Dracktus, Viggo Deveran