Sharn: The Last City
Menthis Plateau serves as the entertainment hub of the city, and is home to Morgrave University and a varigated quilt of different races. Certainly the most trendy of Sharn’s quarters, Menthis is a popular tourist destination. No walls surround Menthis , though its tallets towers are spread along its outer rim. The enormous dome of Morgrave University, ringed by five tall, slender towers, stands near the center of the plateau.
The Menthis Plateau is the most diverse ethnic quarter in Sharn. Its districts include Den’iyas ( also called little Zilargo because of its large gnome population), Everbright ( the city’s only magic district), Little Plains ( a district with a large population of halflings from the Talenta Plains), and two theater districts, Torchfire and Smoky Towers. Like the Central Plateau, its location allows it draw visitors from all over the city to sample its entertainment offerings.
Before the spread of the Mournland Morgrave was not considered a particularily prestigious university, true scholars would travel to Arcanix, Korranberg or The Twelve to learn. In the last twenty years, Morgrave has risen to become the primary institution of learning, but it still holds on to its shady reputation. Experts from institutions all over Khorvaire have come here to contiunue their work. And many of the great innovations of the last twenty years have had their origins from Morgrave University. The University strongly influences the character of the Upper Menthis ward, drawing academics, scribes, sages and students from far away. A diverse mix of races and national origins populate Upper Menthis. In addition to the University, Upper Menthis’s role as the crown of Sharn’s entertainment quarter has made significant impact on the character of the ward, and four major theaters have been established here.
Middle Menthis is quite possible Sharn’s most diverse ward, representing a true melting pot of different races, ethnic and national origins, economic classes, and social statuses. Small communities of human immigrants from the Lhazaar Principalities (in Warden Towers), the Shadow Marches (in Cassan Bridge), and Cyre (in Smoky Towers), in addition to the large halfling community in Little Plains and the students of Morgrave University, drawn from across Khorvaire, contribute to this diversity. Together, these many communities of immigrants make Middle Menthis an excellent place to find crafts and services that are particular to certain peoples and nations.
The lower ward of Menthis Plateau perhaps best meets the stereotype of a metropolitan entertainment district. Its streets are crowded night and day, its buildings huddle dark and close together, and its offerings are lurid and often risquê. The only exceptions are the two residental districts, which are comparatively quiet places that give the City Watch little trouble.
- Upper: Den’iyas, Ivy Towers, Platinate, Seventh Tower, University District
- Middle: Cassan Bridge, Everbright, Little Plains, Smoky Towers, Warden Towers
- Lower: Center Bridge, Downstairs, Firelight, Forgelight Towers, Torchfire