Asarius

Asarius
Depiction of Asarius, by BlackSalander.[art 1]
Official map of the Asarius in proximity to Rosohna, by Deven Rue from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.[art 2]
Also known asThe City of Beasts
Geographical information
PlaneMaterial Plane
WorldExandria
ContinentWildemount
RegionXhorhas
Society
Leader titleDen Olios[1]
LeaderZethriss Olios[2]
AffiliationKryn Dynasty
Population48,025 (in 835 PD)[1]
Demographics
Notable locations
Districts
  • The Pits
  • The Creets
  • Northroads
Points of interest

Asarius, the City of Beasts, is a mid-sized city near the western border of Xhorhas, established by the Kryn Dynasty on the banks of the Ifolon River as a communal home for the many tribes of goblinkin, gnolls, and orcs that lived across the northern wastes, as well as a central military hub for the Aurora Watch.

Description[edit | edit source]

Asarius is surrounded by a ten feet stockade wall of sharpened purple vermaloc planks with watchtowers towering along the outskirts.[3] The city is built around a large cracked hill.[4] Most buildings in Asarius are built no taller than a single floor.[5]

The Pits[edit | edit source]

The southeastern district of the Asarius, the Pits is named for its multitude of breeding pits for livestock and war beasts, contributing heavily to the smell of wet animals and manure found throughout the city. Poorer citizens make their homes here.[6]

The Creets[edit | edit source]

The Creets are a large residential district on the southwest side of the city, home to many neighborhoods of goblinkin making their homes on the backs of horizonback tortoises, as well as many of the city's farmers.[6]

The Northroads[edit | edit source]

The northern half of the city, the Northroads are the more affluent region of Asarius. At the center is the Aurora Hold, the seat of government within the city.[6]

Scowl Square[edit | edit source]

Located within the Northroads at the crossroads between two major streets and many alleys, in the center of which is a patch of grass and a single tree. Around this is a marketplace of tents and stands, as well as many other businesses.[8]

  • Four Corners: A large and rowdy tavern with a fighting pit, owned by Resk the Mad.
  • Timoch and Ude Make Things: A craft store.[9]
  • Madam Musk's: An alchemy shop owned and named for the mysterious Madam Musk.
  • Baron's Meats: A busy butcher shop owned by Baron Visco.[10]

Exterior[edit | edit source]

Outside the walls, there are fields that surround the eastern end of the city, growing "roots, tubes, and other strange and hardy produce" in the unexpectedly cultivable land among Xhorhasian wastelands.[11]

In 836 PD during the War of Ash and Light, Asarius had a heavy military presence of armored and armed soldiers in a state of preparation for conflict and protection of the city.[11] In the same year, it filled with smells of "animal hair, wet earth, and dung" and was a parking place for horizonback tortoises carrying settlements on their backs.[12]

Society[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

In 835 PD and 836 PD, Asarius was very diverse with populations of bugbears, kobolds, gnolls, goblins, ogres, orcs, minotaurs, drows, and few humans.[12] 41% of the population were goblinoids, 32% were gnolls, 10% were dark elves, and 17% were other races with the total of 48,025 individuals.[1]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

Name Type Description
Gluzzo NPC A bugbear hunter who works for Baron Visco.
Covak NPC A gnoll worshipper of the Traveler.
Madam Musk NPC An identity portrayed by five kobolds, who acts as a potion merchant.
Lady Zethriss Olios NPC Den mother of Den Olios, which governs Asarius.[4]
Resk the Mad NPC The bugbear tavernkeeper of the Four Corners.
Umadon NPC A confused bugbear.
Baron Visco NPC An ogre butcher.
Zorth NPC An armless goblin, owner of the livery Zorth's Pits.[7]

Religion[edit | edit source]

Kryn Dynasty soldiers and den members, as well as some inhabitants of Asarius, worship the Luxon.[13] Promising protection, resources, and enlightenment, the Kryn convinced "the wilder folk and nomadic peoples of the surrounding wastes" to convert to the Luxon faith and join the dynasty.[14]

History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Asarius is a cultural and military hub established by the Kryn Dynasty as a home for the waste folk of northern Xhorhasian. Prior to the founding of the city, the land was fought over by various factions of waste folk. The Kryn persuaded these folk to join their civilization by promising protection, resources, and religious enlightenment. While the establishment of Asarius was initially rocky, the city eventually became a symbol of unity and community for northern Xhorhasians.[15]

War of Ash and Light[edit | edit source]

During the war, the Kryn Dynasty capitalized on Asarius' strategic location and turned the city into a major military hub. Many Asarians were enlisted into the Kryn army, and military tents littered the western outskirts of the city.[4]

When the Mighty Nein stopped in Asarius, they discovered two abyssal rifts beneath the city. One rift was in an underground moorbounder breeding pit owned by a goblin named Zorth, and the other was in a cavern adjoining a well in the middle of the city.[16][17] The source of these rifts was an Abyssal Anchor, which had been deliberately placed by agents of the Angel of Irons cult.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 132.
  2. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", pp. 132–133.
  3. "Feral Business" (2x52) at 35:50.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 133.
  5. "Feral Business" (2x52) from 1:02:07 through 1:02:57.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 134.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:14:20.
  8. "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:10:19.
  9. "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:14:18.
  10. "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:07:30.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Feral Business" (2x52) from 35:50 through 47:54.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Feral Business" (2x52) from 49:30 through 58:29.
  13. "In Love and War" (2x57) at 1:14:53. The Bright Queen "guides all of us under the banner of the Luxon."
  14. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", p. 132.
  15. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 3: "Wildemount Gazetteer", pp. 132–133.
  16. "Feral Business" (2x52) at 3:17:20.
  17. "Duplicity" (2x55) at 2:35:07.

Art:

  1. Depiction of Asarius, by BlackSalander (source). This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Official map of the Asarius in proximity to Rosohna, by Deven Rue from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.