A Fragile Peace
Since its humble beginnings as a fortified trading outpost and bridgehead on the _____ river, the city’s population and importance have increased to the point where it is one of the most important trading cities. The fact that nearly every single trade caravan calls on Wellspring en route south to lake _______ and the Southern continent. This brings to the city a position of considerable economic and social importance. The city’s voice carries considerable weight among its peers, for nearly all are dependent to some degree on Wellspring’ role as the main caravan station/port in this region.
Wellspring owes its survival to the thickness of its walls (the city’s leaders have never failed to keep its first line of defense in good repair, nor to add to the fortifications whenever possible), some strategic alliances, and its ability to keep Evermoor Way (made of 5 gates) open to caravan traffic.
Each of the city’s 5 gates gives entrance to the city from a different direction and leades to broad, straight, and well-maintained caravan routes. The gates are, in clockwise order from the north, the Silverymoon Gate, the Mountain Gate, the Upriver Gate, the Bridge Gate, and the Downriver Gate. Each of these gates is open from dawn to dusk, and shut at all other times. Caravan masters know that gaining entry into the city after the gates close can be a tiresome chore, requiring them to consent to tedious and thorough searches of their goods by the city’s guards. Most don’t bother to go through the routine if they arrive at Wellspring after sunset, preferring instead to avail themselves of the hospitality to be found in any of a number of inns and taverns that have established a thriving trade outsidethe city walls for just such occasions.
Everlund’s most prominent places of worship are the White Sand (devoted to Ioun) with smaller temples to Oghma, Shaundakul (popular among the caravan masters), and _________ as well.