Gods of the Fall
The metropolis of Corso is enormous, with a population of over 500,000. The city also hosts the Tower of Reconciliation, home to the self-proclaimed empress of the Nightland—Nulumriel—as well as the Order of Reconciliation.
The city is composed of two main sections. The raised portion is known as High Corso by locals. On this upper tier, nobles keep palatial fortresses near the city’s center, around the Tower of Reconciliation. Black stonework columns, arches, colonnades, domes, and spires are everywhere, as are high lamps that burn with bright red flames and provide illumination. The main streets are raised on those same stonework columns and arches, as well as by massive sculptures carved to resemble great beasts bearing the load.
The people of High Corso, in their fashionable long dark coats, scarves, and tall hats (accompanied as often as not by personal slaves in simple grey robes), take the main roads. Only fools risk a run through the slum wards beneath. Foot traffic is thick, but elephant-borne carriages and buffalo-drawn hansoms are also common. An elephant carriage can reach most destinations in High Corso for just a couple of moons.
The undercity, called Low Corso, is composed of cellars, basements, and the dark spaces under the raised sections. It’s a shabby, disease-ridden place, inhabited by those with no hope and no coin. Sections of it regularly collapse, which is ignored unless it inconveniences someone above. Vicious street gangs are the only law in Low Corso, as the City Watch doesn’t much care to police the area.
Perhaps it’s Nulumriel’s presence that makes Corso a place where depravity— torture, cruelty, and public executions—is almost always visible along the wide, raised city streets lit by flickering red lamps. Those who anger the wrong noble can expect reprisals, harassment, or even lifelong enslavement. What was previously (before the Fall) considered illegal, immoral, and despicable is now permitted in Corso, if the appropriate indulgence is paid. Seraphs of sin, nefar, and lesser dragons sometimes walk the streets, and are not attacked by guards of the City Watch on sight. Likewise, slavery, public sacrifice, and torture are all permitted, if the indulgences are paid to the City Watch.