Overlooking the Koru Straits, passageway between the Iron Sea and Midlands Sea, looms the ruined city of Highrock, reoccupied and reincarnated as Drakkenhall, City of Monsters. The wily, controlling Blue dragon, one-third of the multipartite draconic icon known as the Three, rules this fanged and gnashing metropolis by the terms of an accord struck with a previous Emperor. Any being, no matter how monstrous, may dwell safely in the city, provided it obeys the Blue’s rules. Outlaws, madmen, and treasure-seekers of the common mortal races live side-by-side with goblins, undead, gnolls, and all manner of one-offs that are hard to categorize. Together their rough-and-tumble society has achieved an inexplicable stability, poised always on the knife-edge of conflagration, but never quite tipping the scales to ruin.
You need a good reason to visit Drakkenhall. It’s a dangerous place—the worst of the seven cities by any healthy measure. The denizens are questionable, law enforcement is unreliable, hygiene is minimal, and much of the city is in ruins. But Drakkenhall also offers certain possibilities that you won’t find anywhere else in the worlds. The one-of-a-kind bargains to be found in the Goblin Market are legendary. Exotic magic, people, and creatures abound, although many don’t operate in public view. Dragon magic and tutelage are available for the soul daring enough to accept them. A second chance waits within the walls of the city for those who can’t find a second chance anywhere else. Ultimately, the great draw of Drakkenhall is the mysterious Blue herself. Officially, she is a Lord of the Empire with authority over her domain, but everyone knows she is much more than that. No one who walks the broken streets of Drakkenhall can imagine for a moment that they are anywhere but in the Blue Dragon’s city. To visit the city is to never forget it. Some say it never forgets you, either.
All hail the might and wisdom of the Blue! (Get used to saying these words—they are a standard greeting, and can break the ice with the most slavering of abominations.)