As its name implies, Oldtown is old. It covers all of Endrin Isle, which rises from sea level along the southern shore on the Narrows of Saint Alika to a 200-foot-high escarpment on the seaward north side. At the foot of Garrison Hill, as this steep incline is called, sits the beehive-like hovel of Bridgefront. Old Dock stands on the relatively flat eastern protrusion of the island. Atop Garrison Hill stands the stone wall of Fort Korvosa, commissioned by Field Marshal Korvosa on his first attempts to rebuild the city after defeating Eskornamundyr. The imposing black-marble Palace Arkona dominates Old Korvosa, while the remains of the original wooden palisade slowly rot near the gate into the ward.
Bridgefront: When the people of Bridgefront ran out of room to erect more buildings, they started adding makeshift floors to extant structures. Over time, these makeshift floors gained their own rooftop lean-tos. Spaces between buildings became fair game as well, with ladders and long poles crossing gaps over increasingly narrow roads. Bridgefront occupies a narrow spit of land at the base of Garrison Hill, reaching only three blocks inland from the strait. In those three blocks, though, live more than a tenth of the city’s population, including almost eight-tenths of its poor and destitute.
Fort Korvosa: Less a ward than a moldering citadel, the second incarnation of Fort Korvosa stands atop Garrison Hill and overlooks both Old Korvosa and Conqueror’s Bay. The high granite walls around the fort have received no maintenance since their completion, and have begun to crumble as a result. Thanks to an arrangement made between House Arkona and the city, Palace Arkona, along with its many side buildings, provides the home to the ward’s only permanent residents (the noble family and its servants). On the opposite side of the ward stands the whitewashed buildings of the Endrin Military Academy.
Garrison Hill: Crammed in the narrow confine between the towering walls of Fort Korvosa and the towering humanity of Bridgefront, Garrison Hill rises up on the eastern slope of its eponymous hill. The streets here widen out from the cramped alleys of Bridgefront, although it is more accurate to say they retain their original widths and have not been encroached upon by the spreading mass of shanties. Residents of Garrison Hill struggle against the oozing spread of destitution in the nearby wards.
Old Dock: If not for the festering poverty and unwholesome growth that is Bridgefront, Old Dock would be considered the city’s most run-down and least-desirable ward. In many ways, though, it actually does bear those dubious distinctions. Whereas the people of Bridgefront mostly lead honest if poverty-stricken lives, those of Old Dock rarely burden themselves with such trifles as legality, morality, or compassion. Indeed, rough-and-tumble Old Dock accounts for more than half the city’s violent crimes, despite frequent, heavy patrols by the Korvosan Guard.
O1 – Palace Arkona
O2 – Old City Hall
O3 – Orisini Academy
O4 – Endrin Military Academy
O5 – Reefclaw Run Market
O6 – Sticky Mermaid
O7 – Jeggare’s Jug
O8 – Copper Beater Hall
O9 – Eel’s End
O10 – Exemplary Execrables
O11 – Temple of Aroden
O12 – The Travelling Man
O13 – Hessim, Newby and Sage Paint Manufactory
O14 – The Ironworks
|Oldtown Housing||Purchase Price|
|Townhouse (Garrison Hill)||8,000 gp|
|Apartment Suite (Bridgefront)||300–500 gp|
|Apartment Suite (Garrison Hill)||3,000–5,000 gp|
|Apartment Suite (Old Dock)||1,000–3,000 gp|
|Oldtown Rentals||Price per Month|
|Apartment Suite (Bridgefront)||1–3 gp|
|Apartment Suite (Garrison Hill)||8–16 gp|
|Apartment Suite (Old Dock)||2–9 gp|
|Tenement Flat (Bridgefront)||5 sp–1 gp, 5 sp|
|Tenement Flat (Garrison Hill)||4–8 gp|
|Tenement Flat (Old Dock)||1–4 gp|
|Studio (Bridgefront)||4 sp–1 gp|
|Studio (Garrison Hill)||2–4 gp|
|Studio (Old Dock)||1 gp, 5 sp–3 gp|