Skull and Shackles
City at the Center of the World
Capital: Absalom (303,900)
Notable Settlements: Diobel (4,850), Escadar (11,700)
Ruler: Lord Gyr of House Gixx, Primarch of Absalom, Protector of Kortos
Government: Grand Council composed of representatives from several major noble houses and religious groups. The greatest of this council, called the primarch, enjoys a wide range of privileges.
Major Races: Humans, dwarves, elves, gnomes, half-elves, half-orcs, halflings
Major Religions: Abadar, Aroden, Calistria, Cayden Cailean, Iomedae, Irori, Nethys, Norgorber, Sarenrae, Shelyn
Languages: Common, Osiriani, Kelish
Absalom, the City at the Center of the World, is the largest, wealthiest, and most famous of all the cities in the Inner Sea region. It is also the capital of the nation of Absalom, which encompasses the isles of Kortos and Erran in the eye of the Inner Sea. Said to have been founded by the god Aroden himself, Absalom is built around the Starstone, which sits in a cathedral atop a pillar of rock surrounded by a bottomless pit at the very center of the city. The Starstone Cathedral can be reached by three bridges — but only those who seek vast treasure or divinity ever try, and precious few succeed. Absalom is the premier trading hub of the world, attracting travelers from across Golarion, who bring their customs, coin, and cultures with them.
Absalom’s many neighborhoods include the Ascendant Court, home to hundreds of churches; the massive fortress of Azlanti Keep; the mercantile quarter called the Coins; the Ivy District of the artists; the wealthy Petal District; and the Wise Quarter, which contains governmental buildings. Outside the city, the Cairnlands are filled with countless siege castles — the abandoned, ruined fortresses of would-be conquerors.
It is said that whoever controls Absalom can rule the world, and it is certainly the case that factions plot endlessly to conquer the city, both from outside and within its walls. Perhaps no other city in all of Golarion holds more possibilities for adventure, intrigue, and excitement around every corner.