The Tides of Shadow
Large City; Population 40,000
The most heavily fortified city in Sembia, Daerlun lies inside a great fortress built while it remained under Sembia’s control. The wall was constructed to protect Netheril’s trade cities from Cormyrian influence or invasion. Shadovar magic has raised 500-foot-high walls of magically hardened obsidian around the city, the tallest curtain wall on Toril. Despite this impressive defense, Sembian control of Daerlun faltered in the face of clever Cormyrian stratagems forty years ago. Rather than becoming what it saw as a pawn of the western kingdom, though, Daerlun declared itself a free city-state. To maintain Daerlun’s independence, armies of conscripts from across Sembia drill on massive parade grounds that compete for space with a bustling marketplace and wealthy trade quarter. Patrols from Daerlun on foot and astride veserabs (page 263) and griffons are often encountered in the Vast Swamp in the south, along the Thunder Peaks, and even in Sembian-controlled Tasseldale, Featherdale, and Scardale.