Swift Prison is a rarity for Taldan prisons, in that it is not on the frontier, rather it is within Old Cassomir, and financed by the Imperial Navy.
Management of the prison
Under the watchful eyes of the thief-takers, who are trained in the "Rules of the Swift" and who memorize the faces of every prisoner, few prisoners have ever escaped in the prison's more than ten-century-long history.
Parts of the prison
The prison complex is built to a design by engineers from the Ismacco family, including a golden statue at the front of the prison.
Not merely a standard prison, it is also a complete city block with blocks of apartments, a factory, shops, even an open-air market. Lesser criminals, non-capital offenders, under "house arrest" are given leave to walk the entire city block upon which the thousand-plus-year-old prison is housed, (within the confines of the "Rules of the Swift" which form an invisible wall that earns the death penalty for those who cross it).
Capital offenders, those awaiting the monthly "workman's holiday" and their parade to Pharasma's Pulpit to meet Maximilian Marley, Cassomir's Lord High Executioner, are contained in the central prison keep under heavy chains.
Other parts of the prison include:
- Beggar's Lane
- an east–west-running road in the middle of the prison complex, immediately north of the central keep
- Convict Market
- an open-air bazaar
- Debtor's Lane
- a east–west-running road in the north of the prison grounds that separates the factory block from another block containing apartments and shops
- beautiful gardens separate the central keep from the wealthy inmates' houses
- Greedy Narses
- the largest prison building houses an indoor market, a mess hall, a chapel, and beggar's boxes of Stavian's Fair
- abutting the central keep are relatively well-made homes housing the wealthier inmates able to afford them
- located in the heart of the prison
- middle complex
- a block containing apartments and shops
- Miscreant Alley
- a northern backstreet running north–south to the east of the factory and apartment block
- northern complex
- the factory and apartment block
- a golden statue stands to the south of Greedy Narses at the southern entrance to the prison
- Stavian's Fair
- damp cellars used for beggars
A 4710 AR Aspis Consortium plot—involving dero worshippers of Groetus abducting all of the prisoners and guards, taking them through the cellar known as Stavian's Fair and the extensive Ismacco tunnel system, to the Darklands—resulted in the theft of Swift Prison's (and even one of Taldor's) greatest treasures: the artifact known as the bell of obedience.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Larry Wilhelm. (2010). The Rules of the Swift, p. 4. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- ↑ Joshua J. Frost. (2009). Cassomir. Cities of Golarion, p. 12. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-200-5
- ↑ Larry Wilhelm. (2010). Crypt of Fools, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Larry Wilhelm. (2010). The Rules of the Swift, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- ↑ Larry Wilhelm. (2010). Crypt of Fools, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- ↑ Larry Wilhelm. (2010). The Rules of the Swift, Paizo Publishing, LLC.