What is now known as the Puddles district of Absalom was greatly affected, like much of the city, by a massive earthquake in 4698 AR. It caused this district to drop below sea level at high tide, causing flooding and erosion.12 The center of the district is now a festering lake, known as the Little Inner Sea, and most businesses are calf-deep in water even at low tide.3
Unsurprisingly, most of the district's inhabitants who could leave the area have done so, leaving behind addicts, criminals, and the poor to fend for themselves in an environment as derelict as their squalid lives. Misfortune and destitution are not the only reasons someone might live in the Puddles. The inhospitable environment and lack of public funds means less attention from the city watch, making the district the perfect hunting ground for those wishing to prey on the weak and an ideal breeding ground for thieves' guilds, more than a handful of which operate out of the waterlogged quarter.4
The Puddles is home to a small tiefling ghetto; despite ending up in the worst part of Absalom, tieflings still find more acceptance here than in most parts of Avistan.5 Very recently, goblins of the Crookedtoe tribe arrived in the Puddles to find a new home for themselves. They have since settled in an abandoned playhouse on the western edge of the district.6
The few hardy folk who remain in the Puddles have transformed the district by building countless small bridges and ramps between its closely-packed buildings to avoid the flooded roads below. These platforms form a network of rickety skyways that allow the traveler to crisscross the district without ever touching the ground, providing they have a good sense of balance.7
Places of interest
- The Brine: A prison in the Puddles8
- Greater Absalom Performing Arts Guild Playhouse: The now-abandoned headquarters of the actors' guild of the same name, the building is now home to the Crookedtoes goblin tribe.9
- Metro-Cathedral: A largely-abandoned temple of Abadar known for its truly enormous pipe organ.10
- Siphons: A series of dangerously flooded tunnels which run below this district.11
- The Soggy Piper: A somewhat disreputable bar, even by Puddles standards.12
- Stilt House: Headquarters of the Muckruckers13
- Torsen's Maw: A short cliff overlooking the ocean.14
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- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 39–40. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
- James Jacobs et al. (2011). "The Inner Sea". The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 40. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 40. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
- Erik Mona et al. (2008). "The Inner Sea". Campaign Setting, p. 55. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
- Hal Maclean and Colin McComb. (2012). Blood of Fiends, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-423-8
- Brian Duckwitz. (2019). Flooded King's Court, p. 3. Paizo Inc.
- Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). "Absalom and Starstone Isle". World Guide, p. 18. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 41. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
- Brian Duckwitz. (2019). Flooded King's Court, p. 5. Paizo Inc.
- Michael Kortes. (2008). Silent Tide, p. 9. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- Michael Kortes. (2008). Silent Tide, p. 7. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- Michael Kortes. (2008). Silent Tide, p. 4. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2008). Guide to Absalom, p. 41–42. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-141-1
- Michael Kortes. (2008). Silent Tide, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC.