To Death or Glory
The City of Nexus
Nexus, also known as the City between the River Harlot’s Legs and a hundred other, less complimentary names, is the largest city in the Scavenger Lands, and possibly in Creation. It is known for being the center for trade and commerce in Creation, and for being a haven for free trade, and the headquarters of the Guild. Nexus sits at the confluence of the Yanaze River, the Grey River, and the Yellow River, some six hundred miles east of Lookshy.
While the Imperial City may well be wealthier, that wealth is concentrated within the hands of the Scarlet Dynasty, while in Nexus, millions of talents of jade and silver change hands every single day. It is a chaotic and confusing place, a city with many rules but few laws, where an ignoble death lurks around every corner.
The city of Nexus is more than the sum of its districts, but it is within these districts that Nexus is born anew every day. The Council of Entities recognizes five main districts for the purposes of tax collection and other payments, but there are dozens of smaller regions, some of which are barely recognized outside of their neighborhood while others are known across the city – for good or bad reasons.
In the First Age the city was known as Hollow and was a bustling center of agriculture the keeper of three powerful magical dams that regulated the flow of the three major rivers. Like many First Age cities, its glories were slagged and decimated by the Usurpation. The city remained a place of little consequence throughout the Shogunate Era, other than a testimony to devastating price of the Usurpation. After the horrors of the Great Contagion ended, many refugees from all over River Province flocked to the ruined city for shelter. They built vast inter-connected refugee camps. After five decades, a vast coalition of small camps, communities, and market places ruled by feuding gangs rose from the ashes of this fallen city.
In RY 52, The Emissary appeared before the city and soon thereafter the Council of Entities was formed. In a short amount of time all the gangs who protested their authority were killed or driven out of the city. The Council established the Dogma at this time, and the city garnered the name Nexus for its position at the Nexus of three major rivers. River Provence fought three wars with the Realm. Each invasion was repelled by the allied forces of the River Province. For a brief time the Realm occupied Nexus during the Second Realm invasion in RY 75. The Emissary himself politely informed the Realm Legions they were in violation of the Dogma. The Dragon-Blooded generals refused to pull out their forces. The generals all died by mysterious circumstance by the dawn of the next day.
Nexus was nominally involved in the third Realm War, and did field Nexus troops at the final conflict. In RY 77 a Representative was present to sign the charter of the newly formed Confederation of Rivers. Over the first century of the Scarlet Empress’s rule the Council and The Guild formed a strong economic alliance. This alliance brought much profit and prosperity to both Nexus and the Guild over the centuries. In RY 117, the Guild moved their headquarters to Nexus, thus securing it as the center of trade and commerce for the Threshold. In RY 373, there was a violent insurrection called The Nighthammer Revolt. It was put down by the Emissary personally, with no need for aid from local mercenaries.
Nexus is rules by the Council of Entities, a group shrouded in mystery. Theirs is the power to add and modify the Civilities of the Incunabulum. Their edicts are enforced by the mercenaries of the city and the mysterious Emissary.