Heroes of Khemer
Population: 4,807 Mixed (human 79%, halfling 9%, elf 5%, dwarf 3%, gnome 2%, half-elf 1%, half-orc 1%)
Ruler: Duke Euphemes Blackwell
Religion: The Church of Light
Overview: Brindinford is a trade center on the River Brinding, a major river separating The Duchy of Whitehaven from the Elven lands of Lothromiir. The town is the capitol of the duchy and is divided into a number of wards, each with its own personality.
Brindinford is surrounded by a fortified stone wall 5 feet thick and 25 feet high. The walls are crenelated, and there is just barely room (3 feet wide) for guards to walk along the top of the wall. Ten watch towers interrupt the wall at irregular intervals. These are normally not staffed, as the city guard cannot afford to keep that many guards in stationary posts. The towers are 35 feet high and 50 feet in diameter. They have three stories, with arrow slits on the outer side of the upper two, and crenelations at the top. Simple ladders connect the three stories and the roof. Heavy wooden doors, reinforced with iron and bearing good quality locks, block entry to the towers.
The main thoroughfares through town (Eastgate Way, Old Ford Road, and Southspur Street) are 25 feet wide, with 5-foot wide sidewalks on either side. These are the widest streets in town, with room for wagons to pass each other. Secondary streets are about 15 feet wide, while alleys range from 10 feet to only 5 feet. Most buildings in Brindinford are made of a combination of stone or clay brick (on the lower one or two stories) and timbers (for the upper stories, interior walls, and floors). Roofs are a mixture of boards, thatch, and slates, sealed with pitch. While large temples, the Baron’s Keep, and some of the larger villas of Silver Hill form unique landmarks of the city, most of the other buildings of Brindinford fall into three categories. Most inns, successful businesses, and large warehouses as well as businesses that require extra space (millers, tanners, and the like) are large, free-standing, sometimes elaborate buildings with up to five stories. The majority of buildings in the city stand two to five stories high, built side-by-side to form long rows separated by secondary or main streets. These row houses usually have businesses on the ground floor, with offices or apartments above. Finally, small residences, shops, warehouses, or storage sheds particularly in Southspur but also in parts of Chatterstreet Market are simple, one-story wooden buildings.
Lanterns, hanging from building awnings at a height of 7 feet, light most thoroughfares. These lanterns are spaced 60 feet apart, so their illumination is all but continuous. Secondary streets and alleys are not lit; citizens commonly hire lantern-bearers when business calls them out after dark. Alleys can be dark places even in daylight, thanks to the shadows of the tall buildings that surround them.
The City of Brindinford is roughly divided into six neighborhoods or wards. No walls or other clear divisions separate the wards (except around the Keep), but the quality of a neighborhood can change rapidly as one travels along a single main road through town.