Schemes of the Lich King
Glittergarden, City of Coins
(Oops. When I first wrote this, I misread the name of the actual city, ‘Glitterhaegen,’ and before I knew it I had linked it to a variety of things. I got kinda sad when I realized mistake, until I discovered I kind of liked ‘Glittergarden’ even better. So anywhere in the text where you see ‘Glitterhaegen’ just know it is ‘supposed’ to read ‘Glittergarden’ for our game.)
If everything has a price, Glittergarden is where you can find someone willing to take your money. It’s the most mercantile of the Seven Cities, a place where merchant guilds have more sway than the Imperial governor and the thieves guild thrives despite countless pogroms to squash it.
While the name of the city in the dwarvish tongues is spelled Glitterhaegen, the pronunciation to nonnative speakers is “Glittergarden”. Dwarves have resigned themselves to this mispronounciation and misspelling on maps. It is rumored that pronouncing the city name correctly will get you a discount with the dwarves, trying and failing to get it right will gain you their ire.
The human, half-elven, and gnome merchants of Glittergarden aren’t quick to admit it, but part of the reason for the city’s economic power is its proximity to Forge and the central kingdom of the dwarves. The dwarves do most of their trading through Glittergarden instead of inviting outsiders into their lands. The Sons of the Mountain King have their base of operations in Glittergarden and as such wield massive influence, having more power than the imperial governor who is merely a puppet for their decisions.
The merchants are even slower to acknowledge that the proximity of Shadow Port may be a gray blessing instead of a black curse. Shadow Port handles the merchandise that’s too risky for people to get caught with in Glittergarden, and since the line between merchant and thief often blurs, especially over the course of an entire Glittergarden career, its proximity is convenient.