Shadows of Absalom
The Petal District lies in the northwestern part of Absalom, east of the Ascendant Court. It rests atop the Watercleft Cliff face upon a rise of land known as Arodens Hill. Known as the wealthiest district of the City at the Center of the World, it is also home to the most powerful noble families. The district's name comes from the well-maintained rows of flowers that run down the center of almost every paved street in brick-framed medians. In the opulent palaces, decadent balconies, and elaborate gardens of the rich and powerful lies the dark truth of the life of the upper classes, who constantly vie for power through poison and murder as often as armistice and negotiation.
Unlike the other district heads that are referred to as nomarchs, the proper form of address of the head of The Petals District council is Satrap.
The oldest school of magic in Absalom, the College of Mysteries, can be found here. A private social club named Magpie Manor serves as a sort of retirement home for the wealthy elite. The Restful Pathfinders’ Lounge was established here exclusively for Pathfinder members. A branch of the Lantern Lodge is located here. The Thuvian Embassy can be found here, as well as the Silken Court, the most expensive brothel in Absalom. The Petal Gate is guarded by the Flower Guard, an opulently armored group of wealthy, cavalier knights who collectively boast a dizzying array of magical weapons, armor, and artifacts. Each resident family holds it an honor to allow a well-equipped representative from their House serve in the Flower Guard at least once a month. The Petals is also where the bardic college, the White Grotto, is located.