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Nobles' Quarter

The wealthy of the city live atop the highest cliffs in Ptolus. The intrigues among the nobles drive a fair bit of the action in Ptolus, with so many petty intrigues and grand machinations of the eleven major houses and the myriad minor ones. Aside from the traditional noble estates, the district holds the unbelievably ancient Castle Shard, the floating luxury apartment building called the Soaring Idyll, the new Holy Palace and several incredibly decadent restaurants and taverns.

Nobles' QuarterKnown as the Nobles’ District by those who don’t live here and the Nobles’ Quarter by those who do, this district resides on a clifftop in the westernmost part of Ptolus. One cannot mistake the fact that the upper classes of Ptolus dwell here, if for no other reason than the district literally rises high above the rest of the city. The cliffs restrict the approach to the Nobles’ Quarter, and commoners without actual business in the district aren’t even permitted to enter.

The Flavor of the Nobles' Quarter
Unless one is flying, there is only one way into the Nobles’ Quarter. Passing from Oldtown through the ancient fortress of Dalenguard, up a winding road carved into the Jeweled Cliffs, a traveler walks through a tall stone arch into the most luxurious part of town. A large district, the Nobles’ Quarter has bigger and much more expansive buildings than other parts of the city. Most of the noble estates, for example, each command a large acreage with lush green lawns and extensive gardens.

The smell of blooming flowers, well-prepared food, and perfumed flesh wafts delicately throughout the quarter. Buildings are cleaner and better maintained here than elsewhere in the city, and one can see a greater effort paid to incorporating trees, bushes, and other plants (particularly ivy) in the landscape.

Even the streets themselves differ from those in the rest of the city. Here, they are cleaner, wider, and paved with large square stones rather than cobbles. The local architecture varies greatly, including towers, circular buildings, and large edifaces with multiple wings, marble columns, and tall windows. Many homes have vast open courtyards or grassy lawns. Botanical and statuary gardens are commonplace, as are fountains. Magically  maintained street lamps light the way at night. Opulence is the order of the day.

Most city residents go their whole lives without ever visiting the Nobles’ Quarter. Rumors of its extravagances generate not a little resentment among the middle and lower classes. And, generally speaking, those who live in the Nobles’ Quarter are both arrogant and ignorant about the rest of the city. Many of these wealthy or aristocratic types rarely stray from the district, other than to venture occasionally into Oldtown or the Temple District or to leave the city entirely. Their servants go to the markets for them or down to the Docks as needed. Their proxies visit the Guildsman District and go elsewhere to conduct business. Most residents of the Nobles’ Quarter—particularly the very wealthy or the members of the noble families—would not even know how to find Delver’s Square or other common destinations in the rest of the city. They have little idea of what life is like for those so far beneath them.