The majority of Saintspyre’s residents and visitors spend most of their time in the city’s middle reaches, in the districts referred to as Midcliffe, which are also home to raucous and well-stocked markets.
These are great places to buy and sell antiques, relics, artifacts, and magic items discovered in distant lands or the surrounding jungle. Pawn shops and consignment shops abound, and dedicated bargain hunters can sometimes pick up fine weapons and armor pawned by down-on-their-luck heroes for considerably less than what they would pay elsewhere; a discount of 10 to 40 percent (roll a d4) is not uncommon.
Gorugo’s House of Games: Gorugo’s is a prime example of a mid-range gaming house. It is known for hosting games of skill in its cramped parlors, paneled in dirty red wood and hung with patterned lanterns that give off almost as much smoke as light. Rare and exotic games are brought to back rooms, testing the strategies and skills of both local and visiting gamesters. Visitors must be careful, though, because Gorugo’s is located next to a set of crow’s cages, where suspected cheats are left to rot unless someone buys their freedom (at a cost equaling some arbitrary multiple of the offending character’s forfeited wins). Gorugo himself is a one-eyed, gray-bearded dwarf with an unpredictable temper that rises and falls with his establishment’s profit and loss at the game tables. He keeps a dozen private rooms for rent (1 gp per night, 5 gp per week) but offers few amenities aside from a bolted door and proximity to the games.
The Hidden Temple: Legend says that somewhere, deep within one of Saintspyre’s sheer, rocky towers, is the hidden temple where Wise Aelborne made a pact to become master of the river delta and the city he would basically come to run. He supposedly stumbled upon the temple while exploring what was then the abandoned lair of long-dead monsters. Wise’s henchmen keep the location of any such temple a secret, if such a place even exists. The temple might reveal the source of Wise’s luck and might, and give someone else a chance to usurp it, if the place could be found.
The Perfect Blade Teahouse: This quaint and handsome house is cut into the stone and bisected with paper walls. Here, travelers congregate to politely share stories of adventure and to quietly plan future adventures. Although the place is named for the blades of bamboo leaves, the sign at the door depicts a sword bundled with blades of grass. Anyone who seeks swords for hire should order the oolong and ask for Ayalar, a half-elf and former mercenary who runs the teahouse.