The World of Solstice
Rysh originated as a fishing village, nothing more than a series of interconnected buildings built on long stilts above the water. Over the years its location has allowed it to grow and thrive. The shoddy wooden homes turned to stone, the fishing boats to merchant fleets.
The city is still built mostly over water, heavily skewed towards the north side of the narrow opening but it extends fully to the south. The roads themselves are waterways. There are no horses or carriages, just ships of all sizes. Foot traffic is only available on top of the flat roofs.
Since Rysh has complete control over access to the cove, they have historically charged a tax to any ship bringing goods in through Rysh. There are estimated to be nearly a hundred small villages along the Lion’s Tail Cove so the city has remained profitable just through the taxing of goods alone.
There are a diverse number of races who make their home in Rysh. Those that live there are practically born in the water.
The city is filled with so many boats and ships that they should almost be considered part of the population. It has been estimated that there are twice as many ships as there are people.
Rysh is a republic city, with each district electing a representative. The twenty-one representatives then elect a High Councilor to lead them for a five year period. The districts tend to be separated by either race or wealth, but they are diverse enough that the High Councilor tends to vary with each election.
Rysh is still a fishing village at heart, but there are a growing number of underwater mining opportunities available in Rysh.
While religious worship is diverse, the god Valkur could be seen as the official religion of the city. Not only is there a statue at the center of town but nearly every ship sailing out of Rysh has a Valkur priest known as a Wavetamer who pray for protection on the seas.
Points of Interest
Statue of Valkur
At the center of Rysh is a large statue of Valkur. The statue itself is not any special, but it is an important location since it is the only place in the city where visitors can dock their ships. Hundreds of ships dock around the large circular dock. In the middle is the statue and on the outer edge of the circle is where all local trade is conducted.
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