The area known as the Shingles is a relatively new addition to the Varisian city of Korvosa's skyline. It was created over the last few decades when urban renewal projects pushed most of the city's poor into the area known as Bridgefront in Old Korvosa. Styled after similar structures in Kaer Maga, the Shingles are built upward towards the sky, their foundations on the roofs of other buildings. Most homes in the Shingles are shacks and lean-tos that create an impromptu third story on many of the ward's buildings and as much as five stories on some others. Some of Korvosa's poorest and most desperate citizens reside in the shacks above the city streets.
While the majority of these rooftop homes can be found in the Bridgefront ward of Old Korvosa, over time other structures and settlements have been built throughout the most crowded parts of the city. No accurate map of these areas exist as the neighborhood by definition is in a constant state of change. Imps, stirges, large spiders, and chokers prowl the rooftop settlements. A popular threat against unruly children by mothers in the Shingles is "If you don't behave a choker might yank you out of your bed." The practice is not entirely unheard of.