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Kintargo, also known as the Silver City, is the capital of Ravounel and is situated on Nisroch Bay at the mouth of the Yolubilis River.6 It is the main harbor for ships heading north to Varisia and west to Anchor's End.
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:
- The Greens, its noble district at the city's northeast border. The Silver Road leads out of this district's eastern gates.8
- Schools make up much of the Villegre District in northwestern Kintargo, including the famed Alabaster Academy.9
- Yolubilis Harbor lines the southern shore of northern Kintargo with merchants, with Bleakbridge itself doubling as the city's main marketplace. The northern Nightways Gate is rarely used except to welcome visitors from Nidal on the Night Road.9
- The Castle District fills the northwestern point of southern Kintargo and hosts the city's seat of government in Castle Kintargo.8
- Jarvis End, just west of the city's southern center, hosts its vibrant nightlife, and the Kintargo Opera House is its centerpiece.8 Barzillai Thrune has taken over the opera house as his residence.10 Aria Park, immediately south of the opera house, is the city's largest public meeting space.8
- Old Kintargo, on the west end of south side, borders the river's western fork. Much of the city's salt trade and shipping operates from this district, including the Sallix Salt Works.811 Ravounel Road leads out of this district's broken southern gate, also known as the Salt Gate.1211
- The southeastern Redroof district features residential and commercial buildings, including Kintargo's tiefling slums.9
- Temple Hill, east of the southern city center, is anchored by the Temple of Asmodeus.9
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.9 Until the seditious acts of the Glorious Reclamation, even worship of Iomedae remained legal, if rare.13
Since enacting martial law, however, Lord-Mayor Thrune mandated the registration of all worshipers of Shelyn and monitoring of all Shelynite religious services.13 Worship of deities aligned with freedom or rebellion—including Calistria, Cayden Cailean, Desna, Milani, and Sarenrae—are strictly outlawed.5 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.1310
Much of Kintargo's past is unknown, in part due to suspected tampering with historical documents and records by agents of House Thrune.7 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.14
Chelish Era (–4717 AR)
Under Cheliax, Kintargo was part of the Archduchy of Ravounel.1516 Unprotected by any natural barriers, the city and its citizens were among the most cosmopolitan in Cheliax, and the infernal influence so prominent in other Chelish cities was not nearly as noticeable in Kintargo.1617 This also made the city a convenient home for those looking to overthrow the Chelish government,18 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.19
As a major port, the city was 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.16
Night of Ashes
In late Arodus, 4715 AR,20 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.10
Barzillai Thrune's proclamations
- The dottari rewards those who kill doves, mice, and ravens with one copper piece.
- Businesses must display a portrait of Queen Abrogail II, at least 11 inches by 17 inches in size, prominently in the building's entrance.
- The dottari rewards those who deliver unharmed feral dogs of 50 pounds or more with one silver piece.
- Wearing fine embroidered clothing without the city's permission is banned, except for agents of House Thrune or the church of Asmodeus.
- Spilled grain must be cleaned and repackaged within an hour or face a fine of one copper piece per grain.
- Drinking tea after curfew results in a fine of 10 gold pieces or incarceration.
- Owning or consuming confections or beverages containing mint results in a fine of 20 gold pieces or incarceration.21
Church of Asmodeus
Court of Coin
- House Aulamaxa
- House Aulorian
- House Delronge
- House Jarvis
- House Jhaltero
- House Sarini
- House Tanessen
- House Vashnarstill
Of the eight families, three were openly loyal to House Thrune: Delronge, Sarini, and Tanessen.22
Under Cheliax, the Hellknights were once prominent within the city.
Order of the Rack
Order of the Torrent
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.3 Some of its ranking members were publicly executed after the declaration of martial law.24
- The Bellflower Network operated out of Kintargo3 and was targeted during the Night of Ashes.10
- Under Cheliax, The city's guard promoted the loyalist Chelish Citizens' Group to a town militia.3
- The Red Jills and River Talons are Kintargo's most organized criminal gangs.3
- The rebellious Rose of Kintargo cult of Milani went silent since the Night of Ashes.103
- The Iroran Sacred Order of Archivists was reportedly destroyed by House Thrune during the Night of Ashes.3
- Jackdaw, a mysterious subject of folktales from the Chelish Civil War.14
- Jilia Bainilus, the nation's leader and city's former lord-mayor, a sharp political thinker, and staunch libertarian.14
- Octavio Sabinus, lictor of the Hellknight Order of the Torrent.14
- Shensen, diva of the Kintargo Opera House and outspoken opponent of diabolism.14
- Strea Vestori, tiefling leader of the Cloven Hoof Society.14
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.
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