Ah! The things that money is able to do... Venore ceased from being the penal colony of Thais to become the richest and most luxurious of cities. And this was due to the wealth and commercial monopoly.
The huge marshy area was discovered when King Tibianus decided to enlarge his influence area and along with the Nightmare Knights started the east expansion. The region was strategically perfect for many different purposes, in special the wood extraction, but it was also very dangerous and hostile, both by the swamp itself and by the poisonous creatures that live there.
Initially, criminals were sent there to extract wood with advantages and special benefits' promises, so built over platforms above the swamp, the city began to take shape. With time, Sorcerers and Druids were able to expel the poisonous creatures to deeper marsh's areas.
This way, safer, the city started to prosper due to the monopoly of some commercial activities in particular: the wood, spices and artifacts produced by the elves and dwarves. Until today, the hegemony over some specific segments is shared by few families, them not only have the biggest merchant fleet of Tibia but also enjoy special privileges and rights that guarantee the maintenance of this commercial monopoly along several Tibian kingdoms.
If, on one hand, local business houses govern the city in order to increase their own power and wealth, on the other this also leads to great social differences. In other words, in Venore you are very rich or very poor. But, just like the swamp around, the poverty and rottenness are camouflaged by the buildings.
And, if you are not luck enough to be born in one of the wealth Venorian families, maybe you wanna take a bet on dog races and duels that happen in the clandestine rooms of the Hard Rock Tavern, what does this look like for you? Without doubts, it was a safe entertainment to the rich ones.
Or, if you have a more adventurous spirit, what about making a fortune by exploring the swamp area? There are rumors that you can get valuable products with the creatures that inhabitants the city surroundings. And, if in one of these adventures, you get stuck in the mud, keep calm , not everything is lost! It's so common get jammed in some places and, with a little luck, Small Diamonds can be found in the mud, probably lost by someone who was jammed before you. And, maybe you will find even some inconvenient Leeches but for swamp's live style them also have their utility and value.
Just be carefull not to be seduced by the whining from a "Poor" Goblin trader . Rafzan have nothing of poor or foolish, and from help in help you will realize that what he pays for your services is infinitely less than what he earns.
Be also carefull while walking careless by the city, nobody comments on the subject so not to harm the business, but the true is that the city is contaminated by the dangerous swamp fever. Due to voluntary Medicine Pouches 's donations the plague is combated daily, and the infected people are treated. But if the medication happens to be lacking, the patients spread like pests throughout the city.
Hey! What's that to east? Smoke?
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