Port Boreal currently serves as the only official entry point into House Arbor territories and has a thriving sea-faring, industrious and intellectual community. Construction for the settlement is ongoing funded in part by the wealth generated by its industry and commerce. Currently, 2 methods of transport are available. You can arrive via ship through a recently charted passage through T’North (though it is not an easy sail) or via a newly installed keystone portal.
The town sits at the end of Boreal Bay, atop the steep cliffs and backed by T’North, the towering ice wall which has guarded and separated Arbor from the surrounding world. The city itself is heavily tiered, making the most of the limited space. The Docks themselves are built into the cliffs and a large segment goes underground, housing many small ships.
The Guild of Augurs, station atop the hill in Old Town, represents a key intellectual society. Part School, Part Giuld, part research society, just about anything and everything is taught, researched and pondered within its wall. From supplying clean water to the port, the ballistics behind the Ports fierce rail mounted cannons and the charting of new lands and territories. Combined with the Archive, they serve as the largest repository of ancient knowledge, cultural artefacts and new technologies within Arborian Lands.
However, knowledge is useless without the ability to use it, so a printing press workshop in Newgate exists, along with the offices for the national Newspaper, The Pocket Paper, with the tagline "Is that just a newspaper in your pocket, or are you just happy to read us?"
Atop a stout hill towards the back of the harbour lies Castle Snowdin, the current headquarters of the Kenpedian. The name is a bit of a misnomer and is not very castle like, but serves as a major training centre and staging point for troops going on top of T’North, the large ice wall that dominates the setting.
The town also has a strong industrial aspect, including a large forge, glassblowers, dyeworks and stonemasons. Expansion to these facilities is always highly prized, such as the right to produce new dye colours and new markets to sell goods to. Outside the walls, a large lumber yard has been in use since the towns inception and plans for a new series of mines and a quarry are in the works.
Commerce flows through the town and is a major trading stop for both internal and external goods. You can pick up an Oakdale seeded loaf of try some Friggoran Honey Mead. A large market district hangs of the edge of the cliffs in the harbour and larger ships can be easily seen from its walkways.
Of course, no port would be complete without some rest and respite. The Battle Pub, found in Farside, offers good drink, good company and a good fight to those looking to unwind. The current owner, Nigella Nearage, is a fierce woman in her own right, but is good to those who share the sailor’s community spirit. For those looking for a more, sophisticated setting, they can find it at the Gilded Leaf, which knows that, sometimes, you just want some peace and quiet. Perhaps ironically, peace and quiet doesn't seem to stick around, as the clinic, just next door, see's its fair share of drunken sailors and ravers.
As a final note, this is still very much a WIP, so a lot of detailing, interior work and general work is on-going. Hopefully I will finish this some day.