Nieda-Harsas Bureau of Tourism
Once the thriving center of trade between the mines of the north, the cities of the south, and the western caravan routes, Ariaphas has fallen on hard times. The shift of trade northward to Port Chalmers and later Teremial has robbed the city of major sources of income, leaving the parts of the community that depended on jobs in the transportation and finance sectors destitute and desperate. Crime has become the largest industry in Ariaphas now, and no one can afford to rid themselves of it.
Rumor has it that Del Skorzeny, one of the wealthiest men along the Nieda River, is really a crime boss with a finger in every business operation sited in or passing through Ariaphas. These rumors are unsubstantiated, however, and Skorzeny’s fortune can be traced entirely to his security firm, which provides its services to every businessman in Ariaphas. Mysteriously, the local thieves, bandits, and riffraff always know who hasn’t made their protection payment this month.
Ariaphas is largely human, with a sizeable population of halflings. Goliaths, warforged, and (surprisingly) minotaurs are not unknown. Avandra is fervently worshiped here in the hope that she will return her grace to the city. Bahamut’s worship is practically unknown.