The Tides of Shadow
Large City; Population 18,000
With the exception of Ordulin, the city of Urmlaspyr suffered the most during the early days of Netherese rule. It was once known as a city of temples, where people from all over Faerûn were welcomed as friends. When the worship of any deity but Shar was officially banned by the Shadovar, the merchant princes of Urmlaspyr resisted with disastrous results. Temples and manor houses alike were razed by magical fire, and the merchant princes, their retainers, and families were stolen away to Shadow or enslaved by petty merchants and thieves elevated in status by Netherese decree. Since the city cast off its Sembian shackles, temples and merchant manors have returned but have yet to achieve their former status. Reminders of Sembian control yet remain. Parts of the city are still haunted by shadow creatures, and a blanket of clouds conjured by a Netherese archwizard seventy years ago perpetually hides the sun despite the best efforts of modern magecraft to remove the blight. Trade goods flow again through Urmlaspyr’s ports since Cormyr enforced its edict that Urmlaspyr remain free. Indeed, a contingent of Purple Dragons, on loan from Cormyr, is posted in the city to guard it from peril. Of course, the true threat to Urmlaspyr’s independence is more likely to be hidden machinations than open assault.