In 396 AF, Lord Sartan bid the Lady Keresis to help split Himself asunder using a mighty stalagmite. It was at this time that He was divided into the two Divine from which He had been formed, Lord Shaitan and Lord Apollyon. Until the events of the Bal'met Saga, the city was jointly ruled by the two Divine, with the occasional help of Keresis, and city patronage was decided during the annual Sarapin Sacrifice.
The city of Mhaldor is located on the island just off the Northern Vashnars, connected by a massive bridge formed from the carcass of the Leviathan. It is home to the Houses of the Insidium and Dread Legates. It is a city dedicated to Evil and the propagation of the Seven Truths of Evil. Its architecture is that of two overlapping circles around Baelgrim Fortress.
Laws and Policies
Mhaldor’s laws may be read from an obsidian slab at the gates of the city.
Government and Political History
City Leaders - Tyranni
The Fissure as well as a statue of Lord Kaelin is located at Central Courtyard in Baelgrim Fortress. Along the Avenue of Trapped Souls is an eerie looking tree. It is at this tree that aspiring Mhaldorians kneel and swear their oath of loyalty. Don’t stand too close for the tree is blood-thirsty, and has been known to make attempts at grabbing people. North and East of that is the Mhaldorian Cathedral. Erected in 433 AF, the monumental building stands as an antipode to the Chrysalis Basilica which once stood in Shallam.
Further north at Pestilent Way stands a statue depicting the splitting of Sartan into the gods Shaitan and Apollyon. Also present is a pyramid of skulls, a gruesome collection of the heads of Mhaldor’s enemies over the years. Touching it will reveal the exact number. Groukar the orc has also constructed his pillory here.
A trip to the markets will bring you across Gack, the slaver, as well as many shops selling a range of wares.
Beware the adventurer who chooses to risk the sewers of Mhaldor. Frost beasts and other oddities crawl around the depths. You may also stumble across Bertram, the sewer worker, who could be possibly be the foulest man in Sapience.
Sartan’s public temple is located on the lower level of the city. Every Sarapin, a sacrifice to the Lords of Oppression and Suffering was once conducted in the highest chamber. Hidden in this temple is a secret room where a mysterious book will read selected sections of Mhaldorian history to those who hold it. Near the public temple to Lord Sartan resides the Red Square. This is where Theoren, the executioner, punishes citizens who have broken Mhaldorian law or shown disrespect to their superiors.
Lastly is the city subdivision, Acheron, where a number of citizens own private residences.
Other denizens visitors may encounter while exploring Mhaldor:
All facilities in Mhaldor are located on the first level of the city. The Succubi Letters, Mhaldor’s post office, is located on the east side of the city along Nefarious way. It has a rather unique but cranky postal service. Virea, a bowmistress, tends the city's archery needs.
The Incubi Archives are located on the west side of the city along Abomination road. Here, visitors may catch up on news. Pestilent Way at the northern point of the city is where Maric, the ratman and tutor of the city, resides, as well as the local bank, called The Vault, directly south of him.
A point to note are the schools of piranha that are located all over the city in deep pools. They serve as humgiis in the city along with an actual, snarling one who sits with Maric.
Shops are located all over Mhaldor, but the main shops are located in the market district in the lower circle of the city. Rurin’s business has not reached this island and necessities such as inks and even sigils are sold in shops owned by Drogo, the travelling merchant. The quality and durability of said items, however, leave much to be desired. Mhaldor once had a jewellery store in the market district known as Vanity, once run by the seductive Emalaith, it is now open for ownership by adventurers instead. Those with an interest in unique stationery might wish to track down Drobund and have a look at his wares. Because of Mhaldor’s high population of thieves, one might find rare or unique guild items within certain shops, either on display or for sale. With some luck, if one was robbed, one might actually be able to buy it back here.
Dining and Recreation
Mhaldor proves itself to be a unique and challenging experience for diners providing exotic but somewhat grisly fare at the Worm and Grub. Those looking for a more exquisite restaurant experience should visit the Ashen Shrike, a fine dining shop interior located in the Circle of Damnation and maintained by the city's Cultural Ministry.
For those less food-inclined, there is the arena. The Colloseum Diabolus is one of the more unique arenas in Sapience with segmented areas joined by a single warp. Those less physically inclined might simply wish to settle down for a round of roulette with Ardak or blackjack with Lugbrad, or even a game of chess or darts in the common room just a few paces west of the Worm and Grub.
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