|Azek - City of Melting Spires
Azek is an ancient fortress-city between two rivers and is one of Korovia’s most well defended cities. Despite having a small City Guard and even smaller Militia, the city is notorious for its ability to withstand a siege. Its tall walls and the two rivers effectively block conventional warfare. Indeed, the only times Azek has EVER fallen to a warlord is with heavy magical aid.
Not that it will happen again, as Azek has its own archmage: Lady Vidrazia, the ruler of Azek. Lady Vidrazia was one of the first lords and ladies of Korovia to swear fealty to Queen Kasiya. The 12th level human evoker was once notorious for her fireballs and lightning bolts, but has since simmered down and become the respectable (and feared) leader of Azek. With her in charge, Azek has survived several wars and sieges involving enemy wizards, all of which were dealt with swiftly by the “Lady in Red”. The Lady is well known for wearing red robes all the time. She owns, but does not teach at, Azek’s Academy of the Arcane (a school for wizards and sorcerers to practice their skills).
There is sparse farming around Azek, the land has only recently become arable, and thus most of the food in Azek is meat from hunters. Merchants do bring extra food & supplies this far north, using the rivers as transportation, but there is a shortage of such merchants and thus the cost of food from the south is more expensive.