Rise of the Runelords
CITY OF MONUMENTS
Magnimar’s sprawling slate rooftops and marble avenues stretch from the foundations of the Ires pan – a ruined stone bridge of impossible size-to beyond the western banks of the Yondabakari River. A sheer cliff, the Seacleft, cuts through the city’s heart, dividing Magnimar into its two major sections: the Summit, upon the cliff’s top, and the Shore, below.
The second-largest city in Varisia, Magnimar wages an open war of coins and lies with Korvosa to the east. Both city-states vie for control over vassal communities, natural resources, and trade with the cosmopolitan south. In its constant striving to outdo and exceed Korvosa, Magnimar has opened its gates and harbor to all comers, encouraging traders from many lands to discover the wonders of Varisia away from the excessive taxes and regulations of Korvosa, yet in greater safety than is offered by pirate havens like Riddleport.
Today, more than 16,000 people make their homes in Magnimar, with the majority of that populace consisting of humans of Chelish decent-although an increasing number have Varisian blood. Shoanti are often thought of as little more than brutes, and aren’t often trusted. Magnimar also hosts a second transient population: thousands of regular traders from far-flung nations. Many of these merchants, emissaries, and adventurers have homes that they reside in while passing through but that otherwise remain empty.