Melvaunt is a city located on the Moonsea. It is Rufusreich’s premier center for shipping and trade, due to its superb natural harbor. The city’s urbanity is ironic, considering the fact that it is mostly surrounded by a wasteland, The Thar. It is a testament to the quality of Melvaunt’s imports that merchants are willing to travel through the Thar to trade. Melvaunt’s second largest industry is transport and freight; mercenaries can always find work here guarding caravans on their trip home.
The city is ruled by The Council of Iron, which has seven members. The three leading families of Melvaunt (House Nanther, House Bruil, and House Leirayghon) have permanent representation on this council. The fourth seat belongs to the elected Despot, currently Peuter Marsk, patriarch of House Marsk. The rest of the council consists of three rotating guildmasters; currently they represent the Armorers’, Weavers’, and Smiths’ guilds.
[Adapted from published material.]