Fortress City of Shard

(population 78,000) Shard is the heavily fortified seaport, which serves as the only western entrance into the famed Sky-Valley of Kendar.

Located on the Wild Coast of Avokhar, at the far western foot of the Hellfire Mountains, the heavily fortified city of Shard is the leading center of commerce and trade on the Wild Coast. The Kendari call Shard the "low-city," because, of the five cities of the Republic, it is the lowest in elevation.

The city is situated off Overlook Harbor; a coastal lagoon made up of five rocky islands, surrounded by water and encircled on three sides by 100 foot bluffs, and the fourth by a sheer cliff containing an enormous waterfall.

The Lagoon was formed by the very waterfall that flows down the northern side of the stone valley surrounding the city, and it serves as the city's fresh water supply. 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, which was excavated by dwarven miners, hired long ago. That long stone tunnel leads up to the famed Sky-Valley which holds the cities of Axilon, Dragonloft, Highspire, and Kendar City.

Today, Shard is ruled by the Sky Lord Anaster Falconi; an important member of the prestigious Kendarum.

Local History

The city of Shard was first founded by King Axilar Sanborn of Ralas, when he discovered the hidden inlet on his great expedition to Avokhar. Back then, the inlet was simply called "Overlook" and wasn't named Shard as it grew into a major city many years later.

King Axilar left his son; Kendros in charge of the defense of the fledgling settlement. It was Prince Kendros who ordered construction of the massive fortifications and the famous sea-gates on the cliffs of Overlook Harbor, which still protects the city even today.

Because of these protections, Shard soon grew into a major seaport and the primary source of Kendari wealth. But the city's neighbors envied that wealth ans soon put its defenses to the test. In fact, the name "Shard" comes from the shards of thousands of steels blades that have broken upon its walls in many unsuccessful invasions.

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.