Xhyll Dark Sun
The trade outpost of Altaruk is run by a joint effort of the Balican merchant houses of Wavir, Rees, and Tombaldor. The man in charge of the outpost is Arisphistaneles of House Wavir.
The outpost itself is surrounded by 15 ft high walls. Mercenary patrols extend out a half day’s ride from the outpost, protecting caravans from raiders. The outpost itself is protected by 500 well trained free mercenaries.
The safety of Altaruk isn’t free, as one must pay 5 gold per beast of burden per day as well as 1 ceramic per traveler per day, unless they are a member of Wavir, Rees, or Tombaldor.