The teeming metropolis of Katapesh, second in size only to Absalom, consists of closely packed stone tenements interspersed with wide stone plazas. These plazas provide space for the city’s ever-changing temporary bazaars and fairs, as well as more permanent markets like the Peculiar Emporium and the infamous Nightstalls. A cluster of twisting marble minarets capped with shining iridium onion-shaped domes towers over the city center. These are the homes of the mysterious Pactmasters themselves, the entrances guarded night and day by faithful and vigilant Aluum. The most influential temple in Katapesh is the Immaculate Repository, where the clergy of Abadar—under the leadership of Master of the Vault Jalal Abdul-Abadar—offer banking, storage, and surety services to the city’s merchants.
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