Lowtown sits in a massive cauldron-shaped pit that was once Kirwall’s first quarry. The district was constructed by slaves who carved the city and its harbor out of the rock.
Today, Lowtown is a labyrinth of shantytowns, corridors, and hexagonal courtyards-“hexes” in the local parlance. Lowtown’s poorest live in caves hewn out of the cliff face. The district is shoddily built and bears scars caused by collapsing walls. Foundry smokes smothers the area. Only a cold winter storm clears the air, but the icy wind howling over the mouths of old mineshafts hardly counts as relief.
Occasionally, these Darktown shafts erupt with gouts of foul air known as chokedamp. It’s not uncommon to find whole slums silently suffocated, frozen in the midst of everyday activity.
The walls surrounding Lowtown are highest by the harbor. Its busiest street leads up to Hightown, where the wealthiest Kirkwallers perch. When one stands in Lowtown, all one sees other than the rocky walls is Hightown. It glitters overhead, always in sight, yet always beyond reach
Lowtown is Kirkwall's slums, filled with poor civillians that cannot afford the expensive mansions that gloom over them.
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