Tertius: The Rise of Magic
The Town Commons is the bustling hub of trade in Haven. On one of the highest layers, with large avenues leading to some of the biggest lifts, including the sea lift, the commons is a large open space devoted to merchant’s stalls, flower beds, and the arts. Travelling caravans hawk their wares from the stalls while bards fill the air with their music, busking for coin. Artists sit at their canvases, side by side with bakers crying their latest batch of meat pies. Town criers call for recruits to guilds looking to swell their ranks, or advertise the services of lesser-known guilds looking to make a name for themselves. Preachers shuffle forth from their temples to bless the day, hand in hand with the guilds-men looking to collect the city’s taxes on all the trade. This is the beautiful song of commerce in the Middling.
With all these bodies, the ring of buildings around the Middling are perhaps the most lucrative in the whole city, so long as they are serving the right vices. Being blessed with possession of one of these buildings is called being “on the Disc.” Currently, some of the largest, wettest, and richest inns & taverns are to be found here, such as The Ruby Cup, owned by a female halfling, Audrei, and known for it’s honey mead which sparkles red in the right light – the source of its name, unless you listen to some of the drunker patrons, who claim Audrei’s “cups” (large enough to be on a full sized human!) are the real source. You can also find some of the famous dicehouses of the city, like The Seventeenth Station, where wagers are always large, and it’s not a good night until at least 3 duels have been fought to the death on charges of cheating. And a trip to the Disc wouldn’t be complete without stopping at one of the flophouses, perhaps The Garden of Secret Treasures, home to Madam Mercy and her Seraphs.