Shadows of Absalom
Escadar is a vital military town located on the Isle of Erran off Kortos's northern shore. Originally founded as a shipyard and warehouse to aid Absalom against naval blockades, the town quickly grew as workers and naval officers moved to Erran. Beyond its continuing function as a reserve navy for times of siege, the fair-sized military base operates throughout the Inner Sea and as far south as the Obari Ocean in constant efforts to hamper piracy in the region. Escadar's governing body, the Lesser Council of retired ship captains and young relatives of members of the Absalom Grand Council, has also been known to grant letters of marque to civilian ships committed to fighting piracy in the waters around the Island of Kortos itself. Escadar exists only to provide a place for ships to be built and maintained, and sailors to be housed and trained. It maintains its own trade contacts for food, weapons, and tools but is not a major merchant stop for valuable or exotic goods. However, as most of its population consists of fighting men, it does have a huge supply of gambling dens, whorehouses, drinking parlors, fighting rings, and drug parlors. While previous administrators used to try to limit the spread of these pleasure-pits, eventually it was decided to allow nearly any vice under certain limitations.