Sheffield

Compared to many of the other keeps on the isle, Sheffield is relatively new. As a the seat of a royal family who has held a thrown for just under a century, the town’s history stretches back barely 75 years.

It serves as a bustling center of trade. The surrounding area, or at least the parts that are clear of forest, is filled with farms and mills. The three markets of Sheffield are famous in their richness and variety of goods. The first market, High Market, offers only the highest quality fabrics, spices, and other delicacies for the nobles of court and new class of up-jumped merchants to consume. Only the wealthy and those trying to steal from them are found in this region of the city. Middle Market showcases all of the produce of local farmers, millers, and weavers. Prices are far more reasonable, with a few bargains to be found. Because the vendors come from far and wide, it’s a wonderful area to hear the news from the far reaches of Mercia. The final market, Moon Market, is an active black market that trades in illicit goods, whether pagan artifacts, poisons, magical paraphernalia or prostitute’s services. This market features a very diverse blend of people, but potential visitors to this are warned: the market only takes place after dark, it’s not easy to find, and once there, looking at someone the wrong way could easily lead to blood.

Outside of trade, Sheffield has a healthy spread of performing troupes, singers and entertainments. There is also a modest church, even though it’s currently out of fashion for nobility to be seen as Christian.

There is little in the way of universities, libraries, or any centers of learning. However, the previous king, Pybba the Powerful, had a penchant for collecting manuscripts and books from all his conquests before burning them to the ground. There is a timid, sickly librarian that faithfully tends these manuscripts in a forgotten corner of Penda’s keep.

Sheffield

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