Midnight at the Oasis
Located on the Sea of Silt near the southern wastes, Balic is a powerful mercantile city that benefits from smart trading and a long civic tradition. The city heavily patronizes free speech and support for the performing arts, though works critical of the sorceror-king, Andropinis, are likely to result in the creator being never seen again. The Temple of Heroes, a civic center for the benefit of many of the population, features statues of the greatest heroes in the city’s history, as well as a public library (mostly for nobles, as only they can read), performance amphitheaters, and other services.
Balic has pretensions of democracy; all templars, called praetors, are elected to 10-year terms, and Andropinis claims to have been elected dictator about three hundred years ago. Further, the city is also partially run by the Chamber of Patricians, a legislative body made up of representatives of each noble family. Most noble families have significant land holdings both in and out of the city, and vineyards surround the roads leading up to the city itself. Patricians serve in the highest templar positions, as well as other civic functions such as military command. Thus, public service runs deep in the noble families.
The Criterion, the esteemed marble colosseum
The Praetorium, the administrative center of Balic and praetor headquarters
The Temple of Heroes, the major civic center