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Kintargo
The skyline of Kintargo, showing Castle Kintargo in the left foreground on Argo Isle, and the spires of Alabaster Academy in the distance across the mouth of the Yolubilis River. The domed Temple of Asmodeus may be seen in the right foreground.
(City)
Titles Silver City
Nation Cheliax
Region Archduchy of Ravounel[1]
Size Large city
Population 11,900
Demographics 10,115 humans, 476 halflings, 357 tieflings, 119 half-elves, 833 others[2]
Government Overlord (formerly autocracy)[2]
Alignment Chaotic good[2]
Demonym Kintargan[3]
Adjective Kintargan[4]
Ruler Lord-Mayor Barzillai Thrune
Leader Corinstian Grivenner, High Priest of Asmodeus; Court of Coin (former)
Images of Kintargo

Source: In Hell's Bright Shadow, pg(s). 58-73

Kintargo, also known as the Silver City, is a northern Chelish city situated on Nisroch Bay at the mouth of the Yolubilis River, in the Archduchy of Ravounel.[5][6] It is the main harbor for ships heading north to Varisia and west to Anchor's End. Unprotected by any natural barriers, the city and its citizens are among the most cosmopolitan in Cheliax, and the infernal influence so prominent in other Chelish cities is not nearly as noticeable in Kintargo.[6][7]

This also makes the city a convenient home for those looking to overthrow the government,[8] and after instigators of the Glorious Reclamation fostered open rebellion in southeast Cheliax in 4715 AR, House Thrune installed inquisitor Paracount Barzillai Thrune as the city's new lord-mayor and established martial law.[9]

Geography

Kintargo sprawls from the Yolubilis River's northeastern shore onto part of Argo Isle in the river's mouth.[2] Its summers are warm and humid, followed by long, cold, and rainy winters.[10]

Districts

The city is divided into north and south ends by the Yolubilis River, with the two halves connected by Bleakbridge. It is further divided into eight districts:

North Kintargo

South Kintargo

Culture

Kintargo is a cultural capital famed for its art and entertainment, particularly the Kintargo Opera House.

Religion

While the official Church of Asmodeus is Kintargo's most prominent, Temple Hill also hosts temples for a few other state-approved faiths, including Zon-Kuthon, Abadar, and Shelyn.[12] Until the seditious acts of the Glorious Reclamation, even worship of Iomedae remained legal, if rare.[16]

Since enacting martial law, however, Lord-Mayor Thrune mandated the registration of all worshipers of Shelyn and monitoring of all Shelynite religious services.[16] Worship of deities aligned with freedom or rebellion—including Calistria, Cayden Cailean, Desna, Milani, and Sarenrae—are strictly outlawed.[4] The Silver Star shop and popular Sarenite shrine, owned by local opera star Shensen, was burned to the ground during the Night of Ashes, when agents of Barzillai Thrune also attacked local cults devoted to Milani and Irori.[16][13]

History

Much of Kintargo's past is unknown, in part due to suspected tampering with historical documents and records by agents of House Thrune.[10] Scraps of information remain, such as the city's unknown connection to the local dragons Adrakash, Ithanothaur, and Rivozair; stories of the Temple Hill Slasher; and the strange patterns of the Church of Asmodeus's Devil's Bells.[17]

Presence of the Chelish Navy

As a major port, the city is frequently visited by ships of the Chelish Navy, which tend to exert a pall over life in the city. Seeking to give the naval commanders and crew a good show, former Lord-Mayor Jilia Bainilus tended to enforce the dictates of church and state before relaxing all that nonsense again after they departed.[6]

Martial law

Lord-Mayor Barzillai Thrune taunts Kintargans.

House Thrune placed Kintargo under a state of martial law, forcing former Lord-Mayor Bainilus out of power around the beginning of Arodus in 4715 AR. Bainilus has since gone missing.[10]

Night of Ashes

In late Arodus, 4715 AR[18], Barzillai Thrune's agents attacked dissident groups and members of Sarenrae's and Milani's faiths, killing several leaders and burning buildings. The sudden attack is locally known as the Night of Ashes.[13]

Barzillai Thrune's proclamations

Lord-Mayor Thrune quickly started issuing binding proclamations to Kintargans, enacting seven in his first two weeks alone.[10] This includes a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.[11]

  1. The dottari rewards those who kill doves, mice, and ravens with one copper piece.
  2. Businesses must display a portrait of Queen Abrogail II, at least 11 inches by 17 inches in size, prominently in the building's entrance.
  3. The dottari rewards those who deliver unharmed feral dogs of 50 pounds or more with one silver piece.
  4. Wearing fine embroidered clothing without the city's permission is banned, except for agents of House Thrune or the church of Asmodeus.
  5. Spilled grain must be cleaned and repackaged within an hour or face a fine of one copper piece per grain.
  6. Drinking tea after curfew results in a fine of 10 gold pieces or incarceration.
  7. Owning or consuming confections or beverages containing mint results in a fine of 20 gold pieces or incarceration.[19]

Economy

Kintargo's bustling riverside docks export salt, seafood, and silver.[2]

Organizations

With the onset of martial law, Kintargo's many organizations and factions find themselves in a state of flux.

Church of Asmodeus

The state church of Kintargo is led by the unpopular Corinstian Grivenner.[2]

Court of Coin

The eight noble families of the Court of Coin, once treated as trusted advisers, are now largely ignored by Lord-Mayor Thrune.[2]

Of the eight families, three are openly loyal to House Thrune: Delronge, Sarini, and Tanessen.[20]

Dottari

A member of the Kintargo Dottari.

Lord-Mayor Thrune appointed Duxotas Vannases Trex to lead the city's dottari and aggressively enforce his rule.[2]

Hellknights

Order of the Rack

With the installation of martial law, the city hired a group of Hellknights from the insurrection-quashing Order of the Rack led by Paralictor Kyrre Ekodyre.[2]

Order of the Torrent

The city is also the only home of the otherwise nomadic manhunters of the Hellknight Order of the Torrent.[21] Its leader, Lictor Octavio Sabinus, is reportedly missing.[2]

Silver Ravens

With the Rose of Kintargo and Sacred Order of Archivists, the Silver Ravens were among the city's organized dissidents destroyed by House Thrune after the installation of martial law.[2] Some of its ranking members were publicly executed after the declaration of martial law.[22]

Other factions

Notable inhabitants

References

A map and details about Kintargo appear in pages 17–19 of the Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, and a major article and map appears in In Hell's Bright Shadow on pages 58-73. Paizo has also published two poster maps, including a bird's-eye view depiction of the city, in the Hell's Rebels Poster Map Folio.

  1. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 4. Paizo Inc.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 16. Paizo Inc.
  3. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 9. Paizo Inc.
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 6. Paizo Inc.
  5. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 69. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jonathan H. Keith, Colin McComb, Steven E. Schend, Leandra Christine Schneider, and Amber E. Scott. (2009). Cheliax, Empire of Devils, p. 10. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-191-6
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 71. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  9. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 3. Paizo Inc. Year estimated from publication date.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 15. Paizo Inc. Month and year estimated from publication date.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 17. Paizo Inc.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 19. Paizo Inc.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Crystal Frasier. (2015). In Hell's Bright Shadow. In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 6. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0
  14. 14.0 14.1 Crystal Frasier. (2015). In Hell's Bright Shadow. In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 29. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0
  15. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 18. Paizo Inc.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 8. Paizo Inc.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 13. Paizo Inc.
  18. Crystal Frasier. (2015). In Hell's Bright Shadow. In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 6. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0 Date estimated from publication date.
  19. James Jacobs. (2015). Foreword: "Down with Thrune!". In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 3. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0
  20. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 11. Paizo Inc.
  21. F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Hellknights. What Lies in Dust, p. 66. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-197-8
  22. James Jacobs. (2015). Hell's Rebels Player's Guide, p. 20. Paizo Inc.