The City of Cauldron
Population: About 7,500
79% Human, 9% Halfling, 5% Gnome, 3% Dwarf, 2% Elf, 1% Half-Elf, 1% Half-Orc
Mayor: Lord Severen Navalant
Deputy Mayor: Lord Thomas Vhalantru
Captain of the Guard: Lord Terseon Skellerang
Cauldron is the most populous area in the Region. Nearby villages include Redgorge, Kingfisher Hollow, and Hollowsky. The region is in a tropical jungle. Far to the north is a much larger coastal city called Sassarine.
The town’s buildings, tightly packed and built from volcanic rock and wood, line the inner bowl of a nameless, extinct volcano. The elevation keeps Cauldron’s temperatures below that of the surrounding jungle, giving Cauldron a roughly temperate climate. Cobblestone roads form concentric circles around a small lake of cold water called Crater Lake, which fills the volcano’s basin. Although the town’s sewage seeps into the lake, local clerics routinely purify the water for the citizens in exchange for charitable donations to their temples.
A 50-foot-tall fortified wall of black malachite encircles the city, tracing the outer rim of the volcano. Four roads decend the caldera’s slopes becoming major thoroughfares that lead to other towns and distant realms. The districts nearer the rim of the city tend to be occupied by upper class families and elite merchants. The closer one gets to the center of town (and the closer to the pungent odors of the central lake), the shoddier the construction and the more dangerous the dark alleys. Houses directly on the lake are often built with stilts to protect against flooding during the rainy season in winter. Smaller avenues connect the four main roadways (from outer to inner, the avenues are named Obsidian, Magma, Lava, and Ash), which form concentric terraces down to the lake in the center of the town.
Cauldron is ruled by a Lord Mayor, elected to his position every ten years by the noble council. The post is currently held by Lord Severen Navalant. Other important individuals in the city include Deputy Mayor Thomas Vhalantru and Lord Terseon Skellerang, captain of the Guard. There are also members of noble elite families that have various positions of power.
Citizens have historically paid a modest yearly flat tax of 1 gp, while merchants and nobles pay a 5% income tax each year. In addition, a 1sp gate tax is charged for non-citizens who enter the city by any of its four gates. All inhabitants of Cauldron that own a building, or are part of a family that owns a building, are considered citizens regardless of economic status. Most Cauldronites have a simple malachite ring made or given to them when they reach the age of majority. The ring always bears the town emblem. Nobles often purchase very elaborate rings, or have extravagant brooches made to show their citizenship.
Cauldrons major exports come from two sources: mines and plantations. Both industries are based in the hills surrounding the city, and are managed by the various noble families who live in the area. Obsidian and diamonds are the primary products mined in the region. Plantations usually produce rice, sugarcane and coffee. Most of those who dwell in the city itself are merchants, scholars, or workers in the mines and plantations in the lowlands.
Water is never scarce in town, but most of the city’s food must be imported from surrounding towns since the local fishing and farming enterprises are meager at best.