Beyond Bale Keep
This area is quite similar to New Nicia, save for the northeastern most section, where the Gnomish Engineers and their allies dwell. The Clockwork Quarter is a fantastical spider web of arched, interwoven steel, its dwellings of strange and varied shape (much like the Gnomish imagination). Though relatively few in number (less than 300), the Gnomes are a powerful force in their own right, thanks to their alliance with the Charen (who maintain a permanent garrison of 100 Dwarven Battleragers), and their incredible war machines, which includes mechanical soldiers, the nature of which no one understands (and the Gnomes ain’t talkin’). The Brotherhood of Gears output has dropped of late, supposedly due to a disagreement with the Charen mining establishment run by Clan Riptor. Gromminique Riptor, hero of Ermlinger Creek, Demon-Slayer and wielder of Necksplitter (and supposed head of Clan Riptor) can sometimes be found residing in this quarter (when he isn’t roaming from bar to bar in the other quarters, or visiting friends across the river). The clockwork banner is three golden, interlocked gears on a burgundy background.