Agatheron's Points of Light
Sarthel is one of the largest surviving cities of the former Empire of Nerath. Boasting some 15,000 inhabitants, the great “City of Silver” as it is called, supports a robust trade with various centers both near and far. Unlike the once proud capital of Nera, Sarthel survived the downfall of the Empire largely intact. It was too far south to hold the Orcs of the Stonemarch when they rampaged through the northern holdings in the Bloodspear War, and too far east when marauding Gnolls destroyed the capital city in what would be the final blow.
Today, Sarthel faces a much more insidious threat. The mercenary Iron Circle operates with near-impunity in the region. Depite documented abuses, no one seems to be willing to stand up to them. Furthermore it is widely suspected that the Iron Circle has inflitrated many positions of authority in the city. It is said that the group’s origins hail from regions even further south. A climate of paranoia and suspicion weigh heavily upon the nobility, as all suspect others of bearing the circle’s taint. Some nobles are determined to shake off the fetters that the circle has placed on the city, but even those who oppose the Circle’s influence do not know who to trust.