Shadows of Absalom
At the center of the City at the Center of the World lies the Ascendant Court—Absalom's religious hub, the site of ascension of four gods, and the final resting place of the Starstone itself. The Ascendant Court is the religious center of Absalom, holding the preponderance of the city's temples as well as Starstone Cathedral. Located at the physical center of Absalom, it serves as a hub between other districts: all roads in the Ascendant Court lead to the Starstone. Aside from the many temples, the district's most notable locations include the Avenue of the Hopeful, God's Market, the Chelish Embassy in the former temple of Aroden, the Black Mask, the Seventh Church, Tempering Hall, the Vault of Abadar, and the infamous Pleasure Salon of Calistria.
The Ascendant Court lies at the heart of Absalom, with The Petals District to the east, The Coins to the south, the Ivy District and the Foreign Quarter to the west, and the Wise Quarter and Azlanti Keep to the north. At the center of the district lies the Starstone Cathedral, which sits atop a massive pillar of rock surrounded by a seemingly bottomless chasm. The Cathedral is connected to the rest of the district via three bridges, one for each of the gods (Iomedae, Cayden Cailean, and Norgorber) who passed the Test of the Starstone and achieved immortality here. A fourth bridge tied to the lost god Aroden was destroyed in the massive earthquake of 4698 AR that damaged so much of the rest of the city, and has not been repaired since.