Race Relations

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90% of Korvosa are humans. 90% of humans are Cheliaxian or a mix of Varisian and Chelaxian. The majority of Chelaxian-blooded humans view pure-blooded Varisians as beggars, thieves, and a nuisance who are forced to live in the poorer parts of the city.

The relationship between Chelaxian blooded denizens and the Shoanti are also not that great. Korvosa and the nearby Shoanti tribes do not get along very well and have a history. Understandably, only a few Shoanti live in the city.


Because of their contracts with the city and the noble houses, dwarven merchants from Janderhoff always have buyers lined up for their wares. Once their contracted buyers choose the wares they want, the dwarves sell the rest in Gold Market (in Midland). The remainder of their goods, particularly magical weapons and armor, they sell in the Dock Trade (in North Point). Dwarven brokers exist in all of the city’s major markets, and dwarves in general are often held to be the most reputable and honorable of the city’s merchants and tradesmen.


Almost as rare as druids in Korvosa, most of the elven citizens of the city originally hail from the Mierani Forest. The leader among these elves, Perishial Kalissreavil, serves as the Mierani ambassador. He and a handful of his aides and family members have lived peacefully within the city for as long as the city has existed. A small enclave specifically built for the elves exists in South Shore, where they often serve as scholars, sages, and advisors for those who would seek magical or natural advice.


These small descendants of the fey possess magic abilities far exceeding their size. This natural inclination toward magic attracts the attention of the power-hungry and reputation-minded Acadamae. Almost every gnome in Korvosa comes to the city to attend the Acadamae. Those who come for other reasons receive frequent invitations to join, either as students or faculty, regardless of the number of times they decline or their lack of magical ability. Gnome students of the Acadamae study all branches of magic, including the college’s school of focus, conjuration, but they seem to excel as illusionists. All four of the illusion instructors in the school are gnomes. Outside of the Acadamae, gnomes live as gnomes do, clumsily attempting to emulate the larger races and acting as menaces not to be ignored.


In order to maximize its profits gained from ship-borne cargo, House Leroung began the practice of hiring half ling sailors (the house also experimented with gnome sailors, but that ended poorly). Half lings require less than half as much space and food, so House Leroung reasoned it could use that extra space for additional cargo. The other houses (with the pointed exception of House Arkona) bought these half ling-sized ships from Leroung and filled their crews with halfling sailors. Today, nearly half the ships that belong to the city’s elite are sized for and crewed by halflings.


Bored young women of the human noble families occasionally approach the Mierani enclave looking for an adventurous rendezvous with someone exotic and beautiful. Rather lustful himself, Perishial welcomes these trysts with bemused pleasure and claims each one strengthens the bonds between Korvosa and the Mierani elves. In his years as diplomat, Perishial has fathered countless halfelf offspring in this way, while the male members of his entourage have collectively contributed to dozens more. Half-elves in Korvosa are thus generally looked upon as unfortunates at best, or untrustworthy bastards at worst.


Many Shoanti live in close proximity to the orcs of Belkzen, resulting in an almost constant state of battle between the two groups. These battles sometimes grow exceedingly personal, resulting in the occasional half-orc. Few of these half-orcs survive to adulthood, and fewer still live among their human cousins, but despite that, a handful of halforcs make their homes in Korvosa. Except for a bouncer at the Posh and Turtle, a bodyguard for Eliasia Leroung, and a few other notables, most half-orcs live in Old Korvosa.

Race Relations

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