Saga of the Serpent's Skull
Eleder (population 8,900) is the capital of Sargava and the country’s only deepwater port. Its government, headed by the current Grand Custodian Baron Utilnus, remains stable and Eleder’s military is capable of policing the city. Its incredible wealthy trading companies contribute to Eleder’s political value being capable of protecting their investments. Aspis Consortium hold little power in Eleder due to the power of Eleder’s trading companies.
At present, Eleder has only three-fourths as many inhabitants as Kalabuto. The overland route between the two cities broke down completely when Kalabuto’s trading companies began shipping goods down the Korir River. Despite Kalabuto’s growing exports trade, Eleder remains a stronghold for the nation’s political structure.
Eleder’s economy is divided between its shipping industry and the trafficking, and processing of gemstones, gold, silver, and salt brought in from miners in the Bandu Hills.
The city is showing signs of decay caused by the country’s perilous financial position. This decay does not extend to the docks, however, which claim to employ some of Garund’s best shipwrights. Merchants and Free Captains alike use the facilities, and their maintenance is given top priority.
At one time the city boasted the Grallus Ball, but all such celebrations have been canceled due to lack of funds.
Chelish troops founded the port under the imperialistic expansion efforts of mad Prince Haliad I at the place of their first landing in Desperation Bay. By 4138 AR Eleder was granted official status as a Chelish colony.4 The site of the settlement was selected by the original founders of the city because it was a natural harbor and in addition to the shelter of the cove, a series of cascading freshwater springs welling up from rocks near the shore, provided the fresh water the settlers needed. The initial stockaded encampment gradually expands to the walled city of Eleder. The upgrade of Eleder’s harbor into a fully equipped shipyard was one of the initial developments. The first several decades there were a lot of violent misunderstandings between Chelaxians and natives. Large numbers of Chelish troops were brought in to put the natives under control and convince them to assist the colonists in bringing “order” and industry to their “savage” land. The colonists named the city “Eleder” after the brave young Eleder, daughter of one of the first colonists, whose diplomacy and efforts to learn Polyglot enabled the colonists to live in peace with the locals.
The city is located between the Laughing Jungle and the Bandu Hills. It is comprised of five districts: Northcoast, Portside, New Haliad, Lower Harbor, and Outerwall, also known as the Zenj Slums. Northcoast, Portside and New Haliad surround the Eleder harbor and are settled by colonials. The Diomar Wall divides these wards from the other two. Lower Harbor is located along the coast just south of the main harbor, naturally separated by the cliff face. It is populated by working-class fishermen, both colonials and Mwangi. The two-thirds of Eleder’s population live in Outerwall.
The city is an unusual blend of architecture. The Chelish stoic gothic stonework has adapted to Sargava’s far warmer climate. The buildings are wide and low and usually include a spacious inner courtyard.