Gazing into the Abyss
Seen as a place of faded nobility Eldrith is a refuge for those out of favor in Belkos and the other seats of power upon the continent. Having ’conquered" the native barbarian tribes (really more decision by both sides to simply ignore eachother) a line of Eldrian kings and queens emerged to rule the city, establishing an infamous seat power—the Crimson Throne. While self styled “The Bastion of Law” things in Eldrith are anything but settled. Most view the area as, well,cursed. Bad things happen to those who rule the capital city. One king was slain instantly by a falling roof tile, another choked to death at his coronation dinner. Rulers have sat upon the Crimson Throne for more than five centuries, and the city has flourished. Yet the monarchy always seems on the brink of disaster. The Crimson Throne is not a prize to be won—it is a curse. No monarch of Eldrith has died of old age, and none have produced an heir while ruling. Even though king Eodred II controls Eldrith more fully than any previous monarch, that control remains tenuous, and many secretly count the days until their latest king falls to what they call the Curse of the Crimson Throne.
Far removed from Belkos the High King by in large turns a blind eye to the almost perpetual unrest in Eldrith. They continue to pay their taxes, provide him with soldiers when he calls, and provide a much needed playground for those nobles with more ambition than sense.
The city itself is rather remarkable. Having quickly outgrown the stone wall which surrounded the original settlement city this inner region now hosts noble families, well to do merchants, guildsmen, and visiting dignitaries as well as a school of magic, rather impressive library, and other assorted wonders. While not truly segregated this inner city is heavily patrolled by an elite squadron of griffin riders and the disapproving frowns of other city guardsmen cause those without purpose or means to move along quickly.
The outer city has grown rapidly over the years, so much so that the edge now rests against the shores of Lake Baladen. The lake is a source of both wealth and amusement for the city which is the center of trade for the region.