Contest of Wills
Nesmé is a small city located in the Savage Frontier of Northwest Faerûn, situated on the River Surbrin, that is ruled by First Speaker Tessarin Alaurun. It had a permanent population of around 6,000 residents, during high trade season that number usually increased as much as 50%. Lately though, this has not been the norm; because of raids from trolls and the frost giants the population has fallen below 2000 people. Most of Nesmé’s economy centers around trade and the city’s economic interests have invested heavily in a strong defense of its community.
The temple of Waukeen in Nesmé is a round building with four stories, with a peaked roof supported by wooden beams. It was not damaged in the sacking of the city in 1370 DR.
The House of the Wise Unicorn was a rental club run by Nistlor Lothlyn.
Nesmé is known for its exceptional steel.
Galen Firth, leader of the Riders, is in charge of day-to-day affairs, taking on the role of Mayor, presumably while First Speaker Tessarin Alaurun takes care of the more important issues.
As peace is not common, the military force that guards Nesmé, the Riders of Nesmé, have developed quickly into an effective, veteran force.
The leaders of Nesmé also encourage adventurers to rest and tarry in the area, as long as they are reasonably well-behaved. Those who are not are escorted out by the city’s riders. In many ways, it is the perfect location for adventurers to establish a base; with the proximity of numerous monsters and other terrors that daily threaten the community, there is never a want of activity.
Around 1368 DR, the population of Nesmé experienced a dramatic fall with an equally dramatic rise in the number of troll and orc attacks. A group of adventurers discovered that fog and cloud giants had moved into the Evermoors, driving the former inhabitants, the trolls, out of the moors. It reached an climax in 1370 DR, as an army of trolls invaded and ruined Nesmé. They were driven out by an army of dwarves from Mithral Hall and Mirabar.
After this Nesmé has had to rely on its own defenses, as the cities of the Silver Marches were forced to refocus their forces northward, along the frontier with the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows. In the face of repeated giant raids and the threat that the trolls might one day regroup, Nesmé’s First Speaker, Tessarin Alaurun, stretched her finances to pay the Riders of Nesmé and maintain a small force of Uthgardt barbarian mercenaries.