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Westgate was a seedy and squalid metropolis—with a history in piracy, powerful crime syndicates, and nameless vampiric crime-lords. Westgate thrived on black-market trade and corruption, and was perhaps one of the most sordid cities in all of Faerûn. The legacy of scoundrels and spies was found in every alley, and danger lurked for the unprepared in every corner.[11]

It was an open city that welcomed all travelers and citizens alike as long as they abided by the local laws and, of course, had enough coin.[8]

It was probably the oldest, richest and most corrupt port on the Sea of Fallen Stars. It received the nickname "Gateway to the West" from its role as the Inner Sea's most prolific port city.[12] A person from Westgate was known as a Westar or a Westhavian.[13]

HistoryEdit

This area of the Dragon Coast was first settled by humans from the Vilhon Reach roughly 3,000 years ago.[as of when?] The largest place was the human town of Westgate, ruled cruelly by the great topaz dragon Kisonraathiisar.[14]

In -349 DR, Saldrinar destroyed Kisonraathiisar and became Westgate's first human king.[15]

Im -286 DR, the vampire Orlak and a small army of mercenaries captured the city in a single night.[16] Orlak proclaimed himself the Night King and ruled until he is defeated by a group of Lathander-worshipping paladins in -157 DR.[15]

In 257 DR, pirates from the Pirate Isles invaded Westgate and began the 200-year-long reign of the Pirate Kings.[14]

After the Spellplague, the Sea of Fallen Stars began to drain into the Underdark. The lower water level caused the shoreline to recede and, for a time, the harbor of Westgate was left high and dry. The docks were rebuilt on the new shoreline and the new dock area was known as Tidetown.[17]

Foreign PolicyEdit

By the Year of the Ageless One, 1479 DR, Westgate was one of the few free cities left on the Dragon Coast not occupied by either Cormyr or Sembia. In order to preserve its independence Westgate played both powers against each other, perhaps even supporting insurrections within Cormyr's borders to stem its expansionism.[18]

Notable LocationsEdit

Inns, Taverns, and FesthallsEdit

  • Bent Mermaid Inn
  • Big Edna's Tavern
  • Black Boot Inn
  • Black Eye (tavern and festhall)
  • Blais House Inn
  • Blind Eye (tavern)
  • Blue Banner (tavern and inn in the Shou Quarter)
  • Empty Fish Tavern
  • Gatereach Inn
  • Gentle Moon Inn
  • Jolly Warrior Inn
  • Leaning Man (inn)
  • Lilda's (festhall in The Shore ward)
  • Old Beard Tavern
  • Purple Lady Festhall (owned by Ilira Nathalan)
  • Rising Raven Inn and Rooming House
  • Rosebud Tavern
  • Rotten Root Tavern
  • Spitting Cockatrice (inn)
  • Westward Eye (inn)

ShopsEdit

  • Aurora's Emporium: curio shop
  • Gondeth's Mageries: magic shop
  • House of Silks: fine textiles shop
  • Chalaratha's Fragrances: perfume shop and factory
  • Dawn's Dress Shop
  • Imryth Tower (residence of Audara Imryth, potion shop, and Harper safehouse)
  • Myrkeer House: merchant house of Shalush Myrkeer

Temples to Good GodsEdit

Temples to Neutral Gods Edit

Temples to Evil Gods Edit

Other LocationsEdit

Westgate Arena

The arena in the Quivering Thumb.

InhabitantsEdit

Organizations and FactionsEdit

Noble HousesEdit

  • Athagdal: symbol is a set of russet weighing scales
  • Bleth: symbol is seven suns
  • Cormaeril: symbol is a red wyvern and a silver horn
  • Guldar: symbol is a black hawk
  • Malavhan: symbol is a red sun
  • Ssemm: symbol is an ivory bird's claw
  • Thalavar: symbol is a green feather
  • Thorsar: symbol is a blue hand holding corn
  • Urdo: symbol is a yellow eye
  • Vhammos: symbol is a steel-gray open hand

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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