Ashtan, Bastion of the North
12.3.1 Ashtan, Bastion of the North
Ashtan, Bastion of the North, lies on the northwest shore of the inhabited part of the continent of Sapience. Due to its seaport on the Sapphire Sea and its proximity to the fertile Sangre Plains, Ashtan has been a dominant power on the continent since the days of legend. Ashtan has always placed great emphasis on the ability of the individual to affect his own destiny. The single dictum is "freedom." Freedom to be good or evil, freedom to be weak or strong, freedom to choose, for yourself, the life you wish to live. Despite their different ideologies, Ashtanites often assist each other in matters large and small, knowing that a strong and united city gives them the power to pursue their personal goals to their fullest. Ashtan's laws are inscribed upon the Pillars of Ashtan, due north of the city gates. The simplicity of Ashtan's legal code is intentional. The only acceptable laws are ones that protect the well-being of the citizens, rather than yards of legislature dictating morality or alignment. Historically, Ashtan has been home to some of the greatest warriors, statesmen, and philosophers of Achaea. From the valiant King Tephicles to the wise King Martin; from the resistance fighter Zarathustra to the technical genius Emmett Bowing; from the mighty founder Glanos to the legendary Servelan de Vermiis, Ashtan has produced some of the giants of history. In modern times, Ashtan is home to several Houses: the mysterious Occultists, the subtle Shadowsnakes, the arcane Warlocks, the warlike Ashura monks, and a strong community of people who have rejected their old Houses or cities in favour of Ashtan's offer of freedom.