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Wispil

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Wispil
(City)
Nation Taldor
Size Small city
Population 8,670
Demographics Gnome majority
Government City council
Demonym Wispillian
Adjective Wispilian

Map source


Source: Gnomes of Golarion, pg(s). 21

Located in the depths of the Verduran Forest, Wispil is the gnomish city responsible for most of Taldor's supply of timber and much of its wood craft. Wispil provides the timber that fuels the bustling shipyards of Cassomir, which in turn grant the Taldan Imperial Navy its power.[1]

History

The town was originally a lumber yard, built a century ago with the permission of the druids of Wildwood Lodge.[2] Wispil has grown considerably since then, flourishing into a proper city.

Economy

Wispil is vital to the continued existence of the Taldan Navy, and its sole purpose as a supplier of lumber has been enough to guarantee its survival. Wood cut near Wispil is hauled overland to the Verduran Fork and floated downstream by gnomish steersman known as "boomrafters". The lumber is then tied together and floated down the Sellen River to Cassomir.[3] All of this is done under the close supervision of the druids of the Wildwood Lodge, who ensure that the forest remains healthy and vibrant.[4] Aside from woodwork, everything else is imported from Taldan merchants. Traders from foreign nations would be welcomed too, but few merchants are willing to risk the considerable dangers of the Verduran Forest.[citation needed]

Inhabitants

Nearly all of Wispil's inhabitants are gnomes, although a fair number of halflings, elves, half-elves, fey, and a handful of dwarves also live there. The small number of humans are typically hired by the Cassomir shipyards to oversee operations, although trappers and hunters also make stops in Wispil. These "big folk" are welcomed but are often uncomfortable, as most furniture, architecture, and utensils are unapologetically gnome-sized.[5]

Culture

The gnomes in Wispil are happy with their Taldan allegiance, possibly aided by the fact that Wispil is semi-independent from Taldor, a benefit of the Treaty of the Wildwood. At present, it is considered fashionable to be connoisseur of Taldan opera, and almost all of the inhabitants take turn performing at a tavern-turned-opera house in the middle of town. Official visitors are not exempt from this custom, although the gnomes are more generous in their judgement of the performance.[6]

The local gnome opera connoisseurs are also thought to have invented a mild euphoric drug called felwil, whose use has since spread from Wispil throughout most of southern Avistan.[7]

Local rumors

People traveling from Wispil to Woodsedge are being preyed upon by two white dragons, Icemourne and Mirrorwing. The situation has led to numerous debates between Wispil's council, who are contemplating hiring adventurers to slay the beasts.[1]

A fiendish quickwood inhabits the woods east of Wispil. Somewhere in its territory lies a powerful lorestone, but it is unclear whether the plant is aware of its existence.[8]

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