Cauldron: The Shackled City
What We Know
Other than all the info found on the Cauldron page, there are a few things that our characters would know by virtue of the fact that they have lived for years in Cauldron, as well as other information that they have picked up throughout the course of their adventures. Some of that information is listed here, more or less in reverse order of when the information became relevant:
- In June of last year, taxes were raised slightly on all but the lower class. This had very little effect on the city, but it started a trend. In February of this year, taxes were raised again (this time for everyone) in order to raise capital to repair the damage done to many of the buildings down on Ash Avenue during the flood season. Then, in order to better protect the city, taxes were raised again in late March to help pay for half-orc mercenaries to bolster the town guard’s numbers. There was certainly some grumbling about the tax increases (and more about the over-abundance of half-orcs in the city), but most people understand that protection and rebuilding cost money, and they feel that the investment is justified. When taxes are raised again in May however, this time with no real justification, the people have had enough.
- Alek Tercival, the only Paladin in Cauldron, left the temple of Helm over a month ago headed for the nearby village of Redgorge. He has not returned since.
- A beholder has some interest in Cauldron, or at least in Terrem Kharatys, one of the children from the Lantern Street Orphanage.
- New currency has started circulating through Cauldron. Instead of bearing the mark of the Chultan Peninsula Banking Coalition, these coins are stamped with the face of a jester.
- Seven years ago, a plague of filth fever struck Cauldron. Several hundred people died before the plague was brought under control.
- Several decades ago, rainy winters resulted in massive flood damage to the lower reaches of Cauldron. When the local churches successfully dealt with this annual problem, the Flood Festival was founded. Due to mild “winters”, there had been no flooding in the city for nearly 20 years until this year.
- A “disease” called the Vanishing caused the gnome inhabitants of Jzadirune to abandon their home beneath Cauldron 75 years ago.