In The Footprints of Ancients
A large town to the south of the Tidym Jungle, and once the site of a small city. Those approaching the town will notice the segments of a massive wall that still survive. The massive wall fragments stand above and beyond any built since The Exodus, and once formed a full set of concentric fortifications around the city. The walls never completely encircled the city, as they stopped at the edge of The Bottomless Chasm, on the southern edge of the city. The walls are mostly used as watch towers now, as the town has shrunk significantly to a point at which it can sustain itself, and so many of the wall fragments lie miles from any settled land. The town sustains itself with outlying wheat, corn and cattle farms, which can be observed upon approach. Though previously much larger, the town is now home to some 5500 residents, mainly Human, but with a notable Elven and Dwarven minority. The town is home to locally prominent El-Amin family. They own much of the land, and also employ much of the local military and guardsmen. It is feudal in nature, but not uncommonly oppressive. The patriarch of the El-Amin family is known to be on his death bed, but without having named any of his three sons as his sole successor. As a result his three sons have been feuding over who will be made King of Sulindal, and their splitting of the coffers and guard for their squabbles has made the law enforcement in town rather poor. Sulindal is home to the following services:
3 Inns, 10 Taverns, 8 Blacksmiths, 2 Doctors, 3 Weaponsmiths, 3 Armorers, 3 Bowyers, 1 Bookseller, 3 General Merchants, 8 Leatherworkers, 10 Tailors, 3 Jewelers, and 4 Masons. Of particular note are the competing Taverns/Inns The Devil’s Washboard and The Sullen Ape, which are run by and elf and a dwarf, respectively, few residents are literate, so the presence of a bookstore is something of an anomaly.
Sulindal’s elf minority is notable for its size and its distance from any all elf settlements, the reason for this is that Sulindal was once connected by a great bridge which spanned over The Bottomless Chasm to another city. The second city, still in existence much like Sulindal, called Kalbat, was a large elven forest domain. The El-Amin family was heavily intermarried with the Kalbat noble council, and both cities prospered during the time of the ancients. But as the magical fortification of the great bridge deteriorated, and time wore on its supports, a great earthquake shook the region and the bridge, like the walls, crumbled, leaving that vast chasm to separate the two cities for centuries. The only way to Kalbat now is by way of the remaining road, which is only maintained for several miles out of Sulindal, after which the terrain becomes rough scrub plains. What was once a journey of days, no more than a week, has become a month long endeavor for a moving army or small party on foot, and even longer for trade caravans and cautious travelers. The way is beset with raiders and monsters of all sorts, and few dare tread the path.