A Visit to Pavis

From: Bernuetz, Oliver: WPG (Bernuetz.Oliver@cbsc.ic.gc.ca)
Date: Mon 13 Mar 2000 - 22:31:00 EET


This is another of Fresser's letters. All three of these letters I've sent
were
written in the summer of 1998.

Dearest Felicitus,

Dry and dusty, dusty and dry. That is how I would characterize Pavis, the
so-called centre of culture in Prax. The New City is surrounded by manmade
walls and is nothing special but the Old City is surrounded by enormous
walls
30 meters tall said to have been built by giants. The Old City is mostly
bare
land scattered with ruins and the odd clump of buildings inhabited by humans

or trolls, if you are lucky. The Old City was built by a demigod named
Pavis
who was an offshoot of the Empire of the Wyrm's Friends. The New City was
built by a descendant of the Orlanthi god Sartar and was recently conquered
by our forces. The inhabitants are extremely varied for a place of this
size.
Worshippers of Yemalio rub shoulders with people descended from the
original inhabitants of the Old City. They in turn rub shoulders with the
river
folk who are said to predate the Old City who rub shoulders with Praxian
tribesmen who follow some outlandish god whose name resembles a war
cry. You can also meet dwarves and elves and trolls, sometimes in the
same barroom. The place is rife with sedition and Orlanthi rebels are
everywhere. There are temples in the New City to all sorts of gods both
from within and without the Empire. In the Old City are temples to gods
unheard of elsewhere. The city dominates trade with the Empire and points
south (not that much comes up river, or goes down it for that matter). The
styles of architecture are as varied as the people themselves, (though
the choice of construction materials ranges from mud brick to...mud brick,
though stone is used for the more important structures). The local Lunars
are much like the lot I described in Elkoi. (Though they do seem to tend
to either of the two extremes I described, being either saints or degenerate

madmen. I may be doing them an ill service describing them like this but I
think not). As far as I can tell the main value of the place is to control
the
plains of Prax, control the route to the sea and the only Lunar sea port of
Corflu (having heard this place described I am making all efforts to avoid
it),
and control the removal of artifacts from the Old City (which the locals
call
the Big Rubble). Oh yes, the place also seems to be the hub of the local
drug trade which only seems to have sprung up after the Lunar occupation.
(Surprise, surprise). The governor, Sor-Eel the Short seems to be doing
his bumbling best to run the place and he seems to be fairly successful at
it.


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