Upon the Shoulders of a Titan
The realm of Marquis is held in the iron grip of the river king Mephisto. His many fleet of corsairs stalk the many rivers and seas, not hunting for prey, but for predators. His crusade against piracy never ends. His massive fleet patrols the endless waterways of Marquis. The river king is a ruthless but caring man. His subjects are never wanting for bare essentials but beyond that they must care for themselves as the capital of Maelstrom is the realms largest trade hub for all manner of substances legal or otherwise. Maelstrom is centered on a tiny island but has outgrown its host as a result of rampant growth in its early days. The castle and main market are on the island but the vast majority of the city stands on the waters surrounding it. Large waterways exist for sea vessels to navigate the city and smaller canals chain together to form a vast network that serves as the cities lifeblood. It is common knowledge that while the river king may be hard on piracy, he is the opposite when it comes to freedoms. Maelstrom’s laws are absurdly lax. Gambling and prostitution is common, even slave trading while taboo is still legal. The castle is not a traditional sort of castle. It is in reality a massive longship that serves as the river kings flagship. The castle lies ashore ready to set sail at a moments notice. The castle lies facing a large bay where the kings fleet is docked when at home. It consists of multiple decks and has a crew numbering in the hundreds. The stern of the ship houses a ramp that at one end leads directly into the kings throne room and at the other begins the main road of the giant market. The king can figuratively and literally oversee the entire island from his throne. Marquis is home to a massive variety of races. The marshes and swamps are home to various kobold, grippli and even a few rare orc tribes.