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Northface is an academic and industrial city. The city is the primary location for academic learning in the continent of Ageron. The lower parts of the of the city focus on industry and production. Northface’ industry is only rivaled by that of the city Firehammer. The three sections of the city are Alcaster, the rich academic section, Alderburn, the industrial section, and the Pox Burg, formerly known as the Arcold. Each section is named after one of the three brothers who helped found this city.
Northern Ageron is the region past the Pagh river. It generally has a colder, wetter climate than other parts of the continent. The only city worth note in this region is Northface. Several small fishing hamlets dot the landscape otherwise.
Northface is a city built in the side of and on the top of a set of cliffs in the northern region of Ageron above the Pagh river. The cliffs in which Northface resides are simply known as the Northern Cliffs. The northern region of Ageron is filled with hilly plains in the south and swampy marshes in the north. The northern cliffs run along the northwestern coast of the continent, until they meet with the Pagh mountains. There are a myriad of tunnels and natural caves within the Northern Cliffs. Northface settlers used these caves to start building their city. Much of the city is carved out of the very rock face of the cliffs.
Alcaster, the rich, academic district, sits on the top of the Northern Cliffs. Due to the height of the cliffs, their proximity to the ocean, and the large numbers of gales that affect this area, windmills have been set up to harness the winds here. Windmill innovation has not moved forward particularly fast, as Northface lacks a steady source of lumber to build new structures. Since the two cities share a fascination with technology and industry, a trade route has been set up between Northface and Firehammer Hold. This route was primarily set up for easy transport of many delicate or intricate parts between Firehammer Hold and Alcaster University .
Alcaster has one large university, with three main schools of learning within. The campus for the university lies to the south of the residential parts of Alcaster. The residential portion of this section lies at the very end of the Northern Cliffs. This is a popular summering location for the wealthy of Ageron, as the views from the top of the cliffs are fantastic during the less stormy summers.
Alderburn is the second section of Northface. This is the industrial part of the city. Alderburn stretches from just below the cliff top to halfway down the cliffside. The top parts of this section are mostly shops and small crafters. The deeper and lower into Alderburn a person travels, the more industrial it becomes. Many of the factories in this section sprung up after miners discovered several large veins of coal. Factories quickly used the coal to their advantage, and the city began to rely less on other cities for resource trade. Most of the factories are deeper within the cliffs. Much of the worker housing is on the cliffside or lower in the city.
The last section of the city is colloquially known as the Pox Burg. When the city was founded, it was originally known as Arcold. The Pox Burg sits below Alderburn, and reaches to the bottom of the cliffs into the swamps below. This section contains the vast majority of the chronically ill, destitute, or insane people in the city. Within the Burg are a multitude of substandard hospitals, asylums, and orphanages. Disease and rot run rampant in this section, in part due to poor living conditions and in part due to the swamps at the base of the cliffs.
Northface only settled in a small portion of the tunnels and caves permeating throughout the Northern Cliffs. Many of the larger tunnels and caverns past the city have been explored and mapped out; however, there are innumerable smaller tunnels that have yet to be explored.