Messantia stretches before you, though take heed; for beyond the salt-rimed timbers, weathered quays and gilded towers of Argos’ greatest city lie the and clapboard shacks, riotous bazaars and cramped alleyways, lit only by the flash of knives. Messantia is a city of intrigue and peril, a city of lords and merchant houses, all scheming their way through The Thousand Faces behind the gates and doors of their barricaded villas. While honest men labour and toil to earn an honest wage and greedy merchants hoard their gold desperate refugees and fugitives, gladiators and adventurers kill for copper. So make ready lads, toss a purse of silvers to the harbourmaster and make ready to enter the Golden City itself. Like a gilded pearl gleaming in the sand that rises above the surf, Messantia, the Golden City, capital of Argos and home to one of the mightiest navies of the Age, glitters on the shore of the Gulf of Eder. Standing astride the banks of the Ypena River and blessed with a wide, deep-water harbour, Messantia is perfectly suited to be the trading capital it has become. However, it takes more than mere geography to build and hold a seat of power like Messantia. It takes strength, it takes cunning, it takes avarice and above all, it takes gold. From the streets of Messantia itself flows enough wealth to seize a throne or cast one down. From the city’s busy docks, however, that wealth, stowed in the holds of trade ships, sails out into the rest of the world.