Faerras is a diverse and dangerous city. Straddling the Strait of Warach, half of the city sits on the coast of Arwest’s mainland, and the other half is entrenched in the infectious ashlands of Perrith Gorr. With lycanthrope settlements 50 miles to the west and vampire holdings 10 miles to the east, the people of Faerras have always lived in the shadow of fear. Only the wealth of the city can account for the scores of immigrants that arrive each year. People from many nations across the world live here, work together, and in some cases clash violently over cultural and racial issues.
Five years ago, rumors reached Faerras of a terrible devastation in Wellusk. Not long after, the refugees arrived, flooding the city with the poor and destitute, most of them Welluskens whose homes had been wiped from the face of the world by legions of vampires. The entire region was left in rubble, ash, and bones. When the penniless Welluskens became too great in number for the city to handle, the governing council set up humble housing development across the Strait, in the lands that had not been considered habitable previously because of the infectious vampire taint. Now a thriving factory district has sprung up there, with the Welluskens performing the labor that keeps the city rich and thriving despite its precarious location.
In recent months, tensions have been high between the Welluskens and the Baylayers (the city guard), who wish to keep their own authority above that of the Gundermen gang. The Gundermen are now restricting access to the Hillside district across the Strait, limiting the Baylayers’ influence to almost nothing.
The city has also been tense in anticipation of the next strike that the vampires will make. Their city guards a significant naval passage in the East, and many of the citizens of Faerras worry that Perrith Gorr will arrive and destroy them next to gain complete naval control of the northeast. Most tense are the Welluskens themselves, who know the horrors of the vampire conquests. This threat is added to the always-looming danger of lycanthropic raids, which until recently had been a fairly regular occurrence in the city.