Campaign of the Month: March 2016
Ptolus, City by the Spire
This vast fortress was built to withstand an assault far greater than any that ever threatened it. Fearing the return of Ghul and his hordes, its designers fashioned a bastion to hold off legions of orcs, monsters, and half-demon things. In truth, however, no force was ever marshaled against Dalenguard. And now, more than seven hundred fifty years later, it sits within the confines of a small metropolis.
The interior of the fortress holds a number of different buildings as well as a substantial yard for training, drills, and parades. The fortress holds barracks and military administration offices, including the Commissar’s office and residence. The keep also contains the chambers where the Twelve Commanders and the City Council meet.
Dalenguard provides a bottleneck for those attempting to enter the Nobles’ Quarter; the only path up to the ridge where the nobles live begins within the fortress itself on Dalenguard Road. Since no one enters Dalenguard without having their papers checked and their purpose examined, no one gets in or out of the Nobles’ Quarter without that same scrutiny—at least, not without magical means.
Dalenguard serves as the garrison for the Commissar’s Men, a special battalion of elite Imperial troops. Should the city ever come under attack, the City Watch and other defenders know to fall back to this position. This is also the “home” of the famous Commissar’s Guns, a battery of two dozen huge cannons used in the Gnoll War.