World of Gaus
The Great Thaig Nebuchadnezzar is unique because it is the only aquatic dwarvan city. Rumored to draw power from the seas and the winds, it travels between port cities, where it is well known for being a bit standoffish and suspicious: a likely result from their many years spent fending off pirates. On your first time trading with the city you are given a special Merchant’s Sigil: each subsequent time you trade with the city you are awarded better and better sigils, until, after over one hundred great trades you are finally granted the “Friend of the City” sigil. Coveted by many, the Friend of the City sigil is said to lead to wealth beyond imagination, largely because it grants unlimited access to otherwise restricted markets, all at lower tariffs.
Through years of fending off pirate attacks the city has developed the most powerful aquatic defenses in the known world. Using harpoon guns on giant spiked chains, these incredible and deadly devices can sink a full size war galley in a single shot: the seas of Nol are littered with the ruined remains of ships hubristic enough to challenge the might of these guns. Nebuchadnezzar is the fastest of the dwarven wonders; there have been multiple instances of the city claiming port in one place, only to appear on the other side of the world not soon after. Sea fairing folk tell fishwives tales of the city knowing what exists beyond the seas surrounding the known world, only to keep its secret splendor for themselves. In truth, because of Nebuchadnezzar’s withdrawn nature, those who tell these tales would never get an honest answer and those who are friends of the city would never ask, lest they risk their position that has given them so much. The universities of Nebuchadnezzar are known for mapping the sea currents and trade winds, and their expansive knowledge of sea life has been a boon for fisherman everywhere.