Fortress City of Shard

(population 78,000) The fortress city of Shard is the main seaport for the Republic of Kendar and the only western gateway into the famous Sky-Valley of the Kendari.

Located on the Wild Coast, at the far western foot of the Hellfire Mountains, Shard is not just a fortress, but also a major center of commerce and trade; as well as a thriving seaport. Also called the "low-city," because it is the lowest in elevation to the five cities of Kendar.

The city is located in a coastal lagoon, made up of five rocky islands, surrounded by water, encircled on three sides by 100 foot bluffs, and the fourth by a sheer mountain, containing five waterfalls. The Lagoon was formed by a great waterfall that flows down one side of the stone valley surrounding the city, and it is the city's fresh water supply. The city was founded by King Axilar Sanborn of Ralas, when he discovered the hidden inlet on his voyage south.

The inlet was simply called "Overlook" by Lord Kendros and wasn't named Shard until years later as it grew into a major city. There are high stone walls that protect the city from outside invaders, and a huge steels gate across the only sea entrance protects the city from naval incursions. Shard also serves as one of only three routes into the sky-valley, and is Kendar's main seaport.

The name Shard comes from the shards of thousands of steels blades that have broken upon its walls in unsuccessful invasions. The lagoon in front of the city is also walled to protect its harbor, and the many Kendarum ships inside. Between two of the massive waterfalls is a long narrow passage, long ago hewn through the rock by dwarves. That long stone tunnel then leads up to the famed Sky-Valley that holds the cities of Kendar, Axilon and Dragonloft. Over the centuries, Shard has needed to fend off dozens of attacks by the Eloysian Empire, the Vilzari and the pirates of Tar Vielca. The city has never fallen to any foe, and its status as a sanctuary of peace and calm has secured its mercantile success and made the Sky Lords wealthy beyond imagination.

Shard is currently ruled by the Sky Lord Anaster Falconi