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The Gilded City; City of Empire
100,000 humans; 9,280 other
Source: Crownfall, pg(s). 63

Oppara, the City of Empire, (pronounced oh-PAH-rah)1 is the capital of Taldor, and by far the largest city in the realm.2 It is an ancient and thriving city which earned the title the Gilded City because of the many roofs, spires, and domes that once glittered with gold plating in the high afternoon sun. Even though the metal was long ago stripped away, Oppara remains the example of what the empire once was and what it could be again,3 though, today, it is plagued with mismanagement, selfish aristocrats, poverty, and crime.4


Oppara is located atop the Black Cliffs of the Mighty Porthmos, thirty miles upriver from the enormous mouth of the river that flows into the Inner Sea. The massive Grand Bridge of the Empire connects Oppara with the river's distant southern shore. The deep Porthmos is full of shipping traffic.5

City districts

Oppara is divided into fifteen distinct districts, each with its own flavor and characteristics. A sixteenth district, called Grandbridge Vagabond Camp, is located on the south shore of Porthmos River, and not usually considered part of Oppara.6 The dominant characteristic of Oppara's city plan is the Central Canal that forms a fork with its center in the middle of the city and its three branches extending from there towards the edges of the city. The northeastern and northwestern branches go through its walls and beyond. The southern branch ends in the Porthmos River. The Central Canal divides Oppara into three areas.7

The Lionsgate district is hedged in by the two northern branches of Central Canal and it is mainly a market district.

The western part of the city is divided into the Imperial Square district, where the Imperial Palace is located; the Memorial Park district; the Seven Towers district, where the ancient Azlanti settlement of Oppara was founded; the Aroden's View, Senate's Hill, and Worldbreaker Hill districts, which are located on the western hills of the city, on top of the Black Cliffs; the wealthy district of Westpark; a part of the large mercantile Grandbridge district, from which the Grand Bridge of the Empire emerges to connect Oppara with the river's distant southern shore; and the large Westport dock district.

The eastern part of the city is divided into the Crownsgate district; the residential Canal Row district; the poor and dangerous Narrows district; the eastern part of the Grandbridge district; and the Eastport dock district.

The fortified Jadrishar Island just off the western coast of Oppara, forms one more district which is occupied by the Imperial Navy.8


The dominant building materials of Oppara are stone, marble, granite, and bricks. Six thousand years of history and the extravagance of the empire's capital are obvious in the city's design. The streets are paved in grandiose mosaic tiles or well-laid cobblestones. Stone gutters quickly siphon off the frequent summer rains into the city's expansive sewer system. Public fountains dot many of the larger crossroads and squares. The city is lit by tens of thousands of lanterns at night.6


Oppara, like other Taldan cities, is a barony; Oppara's title is typically held by the Taldan grand prince. However, the grand prince can (and in wartime, often does) exalt an heir, family member, or close associate to baron of Oppara.9

As of 4718 AR, Oppara's baron was the former Ulfen Guard Oltar Vinmark, who Stavian III had exalted after Vinmark helped bury Stavian's son Carrius II in 4698 AR. His close relationship to Stavian III protected Vinmark from criticism from the city's aristocrats, who consider Vinmark to be uncultured and look down on his foreign bearing.910

Previous barons have included Comolaudio, the favorite horse of former Taldan emperor Malixari II. The horse's tomb in northern Oppara is a frequent site of protest against Taldor's aristocracy.9


Oppara was founded before Aroden's ascension as a god and considers itself the source of civilization for all of Avistan.4 It was already in existence when Taldaris, a native of Oppara and the first Grand Prince of Taldor, conquered the local city-states along the eastern shores of the Inner Sea to found that nation.11

The Gilded City, with its tremendously long history, is no stranger to tragedy. One of the earliest came in -632 AR, when the infamous Tarrasque broke through the World's Edge Mountains and destroyed the city.11

Following the ascension of the deity Aroden in 1 AR, and the creation of the city of Absalom, the new god of humanity's faith quickly spread in Taldor, and Oppara quickly became the center of his worship.1112


A number of local guilds and organizations have been established in the city. These include the Lighters' Guild, which lights the tens of thousands of lanterns at night; the Oppara's Constabulary, that keeps the city safe; and the Porthmos Militia, which keeps watch on Westport at night.13 The city is also home to the Brotherhood of Silence, the biggest and most important thieves' guild in the Inner Sea region and the Platinum Band, a tight-knit group who revere the god Apsu.14

Oppara is home to two renowned bardic schools, the Kitharodian Academy and the Rhapsodic College, as well as the oldest known temple of Aroden, the Basilica of the Last Man.15

Oppara's premier association of abjurers and diviners is known as the First Imperial Arcanists' Guild and is led by Guildmaster Adula Stetsico.16


The headquarters of Taldor's military organizations—the Taldan Phalanx, Taldan Horse, Taldan Imperial Navy, River Guard, Ulfen Guard, and the mysterious Lion Blades—are also located in Oppara.17

International organizations

The Pathfinder Society is interested in ancient Taldor's treasures, and the Society has established a Pathfinder lodge in Oppara,18 as have their main rivals in the Inner Sea region, the Aspis Consortium.19

Recent controversy

Thieves in Oppara have begun using aklyses to hobble fleeing victims, a weapon that had previously been only used by the Darklands-dwelling dero.20


Paizo published a major article about Oppara in Crownfall and a poster map of the city in War for the Crown Poster Map Folio.

For additional as-yet unincorporated sources about this subject, see the Meta page.

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  2. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 136. Paizo Inc., 2008
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  4. 4.0 4.1 John Compton, et al. Heroes of the Streets, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2015
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  8. Joshua J. Frost. Oppara Map” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 15–19. Paizo Inc., 2009
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  13. Joshua J. Frost. “Oppara, The Gilded City” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 16–21. Paizo Inc., 2009
  14. Robert Brookes, et al. Apsu” in Inner Sea Faiths, 18. Paizo Inc., 2016
  15. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 185. Paizo Inc., 2011
  16. Amber E. Scott. “The Six-Legend Soul” in The Six-Legend Soul, 34. Paizo Inc., 2018
  17. Joshua J. Frost. Taldor, Empire in Decline” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 12–22. Paizo Inc., 2009
  18. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Where Secrets Sleep” in Seekers of Secrets, 32. Paizo Inc., 2009
  19. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 263. Paizo Inc., 2011
  20. James Jacobs, et al. “Combat: Human Weapons” in Humans of Golarion, 24. Paizo Inc., 2011