Curse of the Crimson Throne
Those who live in Korvosa both respect and admire ostentatious displays of wealth, power, or knowledge. They consider confidence and competence the greatest of assets, and they deride or heckle those who display weakness, indecisiveness, or lack of ability. Korvosans are quick to judge and slow to forgive. They like to capitalize words, and many feel this minor trait gives their works and creations an air of greatness and importance. In addition to power, Korvosans love predictability. They like to regulate their lives, creating strict regimens for themselves that they then slavishly follow. Upsetting a Korvosan’s routine can ruin his entire day and is likely to make him cranky and belligerent. To this end, Korvosa militantly enforces its laws (which often have harsh punishments far in excess of those of other nonevil governments) and rewards those who play by the rules.
The cost of living in Korvosa varies widely depending on which neighborhood where one chooses to dwell. In a slum like Bridgefront or Ridgefield, one can get by on a few coppers a day or even squat in an abandoned house, while in affluent areas like South Shore or Citadel Crest, one can easily spend dozens of gold pieces a day on rent and food.
Korvosa is divided into six distinct districts, each with its own subdivisions of neighborhoods, as summarized below.
East Shore: Home to a handful of noble houses, East Shore has no subdivisions within its borders.
The Heights: Nearly all of Korvosa’s power players reside in the Heights, Korvosa’s administrative heart.
- Citadel Crest: The wealthiest neighborhood in the city.
- Cliffside: Second only to Citadel Crest in affluence, Cliffside hosts much of Korvosa’s aristocracy.
- University: Those who dwell here may not own a lot of wealth, but they are undeniably rich in knowledge.
Midland: Cosmopolitan and friendly, Midland is the social heart of Korvosa.
- High Bridge: The primary inhabitants of this residential district are laborers or the families of those working in the Korvosan Guard or Sable Company.
- Pillar Hill: This is Korvosa’s most demographically diverse neighborhood.
- Slope: This neighborhood features a large number of small and private libraries, museums, and other bastions of culture.
- West Dock: This rugged neighborhood contains no significant residences, and instead features several warehouses and food processing buildings.
North Point: The seat of Korvosa’s municipal power, this was first section of the mainland settled by the city’s Chelish founders.
- Five Corners: A crowded residential ward, this neighborhood caters to the city’s politicians and their underlings.
- Mainshore: Once the site of some of the bloodiest battles in Korvosa’s early history, this area is where Korvosa’s truly old money
- Northgate: Many of Korvosa’s non-noble elites and old-money families dwell in this residential neighborhood.
- Ridgefield: This is the most crowded of North Point’s neighborhoods, plagued with poverty and desperation.
Old Korvosa: The original site of the city, the oldest district in Korvosa is its most crowded and least affluent today.
- Bridgefront: Crowded but narrow, Bridgefront is a dismal and filthy slum.
- Fort Korvosa: Once the heart of Korvosa’s military strength, this neighborhood is a decaying remnant of its former glory.
- Garrison Hill: Cramped and bustling with activity, Garrison Hill fights a constant battle to avoid the decay and destitution of its
- Old Dock: Only the awful state of Bridgefront’s slums keeps decaying Old Dock from being Korvosa’s most run-down and least-
Southern Korvosa: This is the newest district officially added to the city.
- South Shore: Much more open than most of the rest of the city, South Shore hosts many of Korvosa’s new nobility.
- Gray: Once considered its own district, the city’s sprawling cemeteries are now considered to be part of Southern Korvosa.