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.[12] Despite this, it was the largest and most powerful city on the Dragon Coast.[13]

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.[9]

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.[14]

Society[edit | edit source]

Religion[edit | edit source]

Westhavians tolerated the worship of a wide variety of gods, including evil gods, and were proud of their openness.[15] The city's corruption extended to religious matters also, with clerics of some temples secretly pocketing donations.[16] Many temples were all to happy to sell spellcasting services or healing potions to adventurers, as a way to earn coin.[15]

Demonym[edit | edit source]

A person from Westgate was known as a Westar or a Westhavian.[17]

Government[edit | edit source]

For over a thousand years, Westgate was ruled by various kings, but since Year of the Cockatrice, 1248 DR Westgate has been ruled as a republic. While in theory this allowed rule by the common people, in practice the corruption and criminality of Westgate allowed for continued rule by an oligarchy of merchant lords.[citation needed]

History[edit | edit source]

Main article: History of Westgate

This area of the Dragon Coast was first settled by humans from the Vilhon Reach roughly 1,000 years before the Standing Stone was erected in Cormanthor. The largest settlment was the human town of Westgate, ruled cruelly by the great topaz dragon Kisonraathiisar.[18]

In the Year of Bold Poachers, −349 DR, Saldrinar destroyed Kisonraathiisar and became Westgate's first human king.[19]

In the Year of Foul Awakenings, −286 DR, the vampire Orlak and a small army of mercenaries captured the city in a single night.[20] Orlak proclaimed himself the Night King and ruled until he is defeated by a group of Lathander-worshiping paladins in the Year of Many Harvests, −157 DR.[21]

In the Year of the Speaking Mountain, 257 DR, pirates from the Pirate Isles invaded Westgate and began the 200-year-long reign of the Pirate Kings.[22]

In the Year of the Cat's Eye, 429 DR the Chondathan mercenary captain Mulsantir Illistine attacked Westgate and overthrew the pirate kings.[23]

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.[24]

During the Second Sundering and the great rain the level of the Sea of Fallen Stars rose, revealing dungeons built by lords in Tidetown and making flooding in Westgate commonplace.[25]

Foreign Policy[edit | edit source]

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.[26]

Later, in the Year of the Rune Lords Triumphant, 1487 DR, following the collapse of the Shadovar-controlled Sembians, the primary foe of Westgate was the Cormyran Empire.[27]

Notable Locations[edit | edit source]

Inns, Taverns, and Festhalls[edit | edit source]

Shops[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Gods[edit | edit source]

Temples to Neutral Gods[edit | edit source]

Temples to Evil Gods[edit | edit source]

Other Locations[edit | edit source]

The arena in the Quivering Thumb.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Organizations and Factions[edit | edit source]

Noble Houses[edit | edit source]

  • Athagdal: symbol is a set of russet weighing scales
  • Bleth: symbol is seven suns
  • Cormaeril: symbol is a red wyvern and a silver horn
  • Dhostar (defunct): symbol was a wagon wheel topped with three stars
  • 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

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Adventures
Curse of the Azure Bonds
Referenced only
Swords of the Iron LegionAnauroch: The Empire of ShadeStorm over Neverwinter
Novels
Azure BondsThe Reaver
Referenced only
The Ring of WinterCormyr: A NovelBlackstaffPlague of Spells

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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