Curse of the Crimson Throne
The city of Korvosa wears its Chelaxian heritage proudly on every building, tower, and rooftop. As the oldest human settlement in Varisia (a claim frequently challenged by Kaer Maga), Korvosa considers itself the founding seat of civilization in an otherwise lawless region. Thanks to it and the spread of its people, Varisia has become a relatively safe place to live.
Korvosa sits at the end of Conqueror's Bay, where the Jeggare River meets the sea. The city fills the spit of land formed by two sharp turns in the river, covers Endrin Isle (which splits the river at its mouth), and spreads to a few outlying areas on the far shore of the Jeggare. It stands on two hills: Garrison Hill on Endrin Isle and Citadel Hill on the mainland. The Narrows of Saint Alika separates Endrin Isle from the shore. The city is divided into seven districts, many of which are further subdivided into wards.
East Shore: The only district beyond the channel of the Jeggare River, East Shore is home to a handful of noble houses closely tied to the military of the city, as well as the struggling Theumanexus College.
Gray: Unlike all other districts in Korvosa, Gray's residents generally keep to themselves and are well behaved. Of course, most of Gray's residents are dead. The only living creatures who reside in Gray belong to the church of Pharasma and live within the temple.
Heights: Standing atop Citadel Hill, the Heights District has a commanding view of the rest of the city, which its residents look down on—both figuratively and literally. Nearly all of Korvosa's power players reside in the Heights, including the monarchy.
Midland: When most people think of Korvosa, they think of the cosmopolitan and friendly district of Midland. As the home district of both the Korvosan Guard and Sable Company, Midland has the smallest number of gangs and gang battles in the city—although the thieves' guild does a brisk trade in the district thanks to the disproportionately high number of merchants, shops, and other commercial and f inancial concerns.
North Point: The first section of the mainland settled by the descendants of the city's Chelish founders was Mainshore, at the northwestern tip of mainland Korvosa. That ward houses many of the city's oldest non-noble families. The greater district of North Point covers the entire northern end of the city and holds Korvosa's seat of municipal power (City Hall), the city's courthouse (Longacre Building), and the Bank of Abadar.
Old Korvosa: As its name implies, Old Korvosa is old. It covers all of Endrin Isle, most of which is covered by Garrison Hill. Atop Garrison Hill stands the stone wall of Fort Korvosa, while the imposing blackmarble Palace Arkona dominates the northwest corner of the island.
South Shore: The newest district, South Shore became a part of Korvosa only a quarter-century ago. It contains the Pantheon of Many, a massive temple dedicated to most of Avistan's most popular deities. South Shore's population consists mainly of the city's nouveau riche hoping to escape the cramped conditions found elsewhere in the city.