Aldsburg, the Vaulted City of Spires, leans and clutches at Mount Grundir and welcomes the new day. Having been crumbling under the weight of massive stone and rampant neglect, the city has a new infusion of wealth and a new caretaker. Said to be a descendant of the legendary of the Patrician of Malibrae, the Patrician of Aldsburg is a tyrant who is bringing a city back to vibrant life.

So many of the overfed merchants who had sold nothing but dust have been sent away. Old mines thought fallow and regions though devoid of wealth have begun to produce ore, minerals, and gemstones. Rumor states that the Unvald Dwarfs of Ramhorn have opened trade once again and proved to be vital allies against a new onslaught of monstrous humanoids and inexplicable abominations from the Underworld.

With bridges and catwalks being rebuild, parts of the city that have been cut off are being brought into the fold. Old floors and covers are being ripped open to let light into catacombs and neighborhoods that were shut away. Towers are begin gilded once again; towers are being repaired and growing; visitors loaded with foreign coin are becoming more and more common. The city is coming alive again. But at what cost?

Some of those old places sit inside themselves now, dark corners that breed flies and maggots from the weeping of the lost and mad. Sooty temples still hold chanting that offends the ears and mind of Narkul, the patron god of Aldsburg. Creatures are said to haunt the city at night. Those who defy the Patrician are said to become Hollow - barely recognizable as their former selves and run through and through with a subtle cruelty.

As the changes sweep from tower to tower and neighborhood to neighborhood there is a feeling that many have mentioned. A feeling that they are being watched. A feeling that the city is responding to them. A feeling that the city has woken from a long dark slumber. Something is happening - something real and terrible and awesome.

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