Rise of Monsters
Llano, City of Swords
Capital city of the Kingdom of Tommen, Llano is famous for it’s Smiths, hence the nickname City of Swords. Llano quickly forged an alliance with the dwarf tribes in the Dragon’s Nest mountains. The dwarves provided high quality metals to the city while the city provided food and protected the area with a standing army. Not needing an army for protection, the dwarves were free to focus on honing their forging abilities, and are renowned for creating blades made from metals that are lightweight yet seemingly unbreakable. Their methods are a trade secret, but dwarven steel can be regularly found in Llano, though the prices are tenfold from normal quality. The dwarves have emissaries that sit in the local government to help protect dwarven interests, though they do not allow Llano to send any emissaries to their underground cities. Entrance into them is allowed only to other dwarves or those who have proved their worth to them.
Llano’s main trade export is metals, though they also trade fish and any extra food that is not sent to the dwarves. Llano is mostly self-sufficient, and the money received from the ore trade has created a very wealthy merchant class. The artisans in Llano are second to none, and have created weapons so beautiful they are treated more as artwork and displayed in museums across the world.
In recent months the city has been besieged by the horde, causing many to flee to safer harbors. However most are fiercely loyal to the kingdom and will not give up the city without a fight. The skies of Llano burn dark with the smoke from forges, as every able bodied person puts their best efforts into crafting weapons for the war effort. Most are aware that their city is going to be the first to fall, so anything of great value or not immediately needed has been sent away to the other kingdoms. At the king’s command, farmers have been ordered to burn and salt their fields to prevent the horde from using them and hopefully slow their progress. The dwarves have also mostly left their cities, taking with them what precious valuables they have, and some have even begun teaching their trade secrets to the top smiths of the city. The city only has a few more months until the next siege, as great armies have been seen gathering several days ride outside the city, and huge camps of monsters and undead can be seen around Tyfalls.