Rise of the Thrall Lord
The Free City of Orllon is a major trading port of Eastern Thac. Its 10,000 inhabitants are primarily human with only one in ten being dwarf, elf or gnome. It is ruled by a hereditary Lord Protector in name only; the House of Commerce has true authority over the city in times of peace. Although supposedly appointed by either the Lord Protector or popular consensus, membership in the House of Commerce is effectively controlled by the twelve powerful Merchant Houses. The rivalry and outright feuding of these houses is quite infamous, but it rarely infringes on the lives of normal people, and business always comes first in Orllon.
The city walls of Orllon are huge, and considered the finest defenses in north-eastern Thac. The defenders of Orllon are all merchant house guards and troops, but defend the city fiercely. Orllon has never fielded a land army, but its merchant fleet and privateers are known across the seas.