Residences of Lowtown

The oldest building – the few structures that have survived centuries of riots and fires – are made of stone and similar in size and shape to those in The Canals, except the windows long ago lost their glass. The rest of the buildings in Lowtown are made of wood. The beams are riddled with termites and shot through with rot, so they often stand off kilter and have sagging roofs. To make matters worse, the buildings are on silts so they stay above the water and mud, and these stilts slow sing into the ground – but not at the same rate, so a building might lean to the left or right.

Three or four steps lead up to a building’s entrance(usually only the nicest buildings have doors), and summer when Elweir is hottest. The buildings all have large windows lacking glass and most of them are without even shutters – few people in Lowtown have anything worth stealing, so there’s no sense trying to keep people out, since thieves will just break the shutters trying to get in and see if there’s anything worth stealing inside. Inside these buildings is a warren of small rooms; weak, creaking stairs lead up one or two flights. The insides of the worst buildings are entirely gutted; the families living there hang blankets and long strips of dirty sailcloth to create rooms.

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Residences of Lowtown

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