The ASPECT Enigma
Port City; Population 40,000
Telflamm is Thesk to most outlanders. Even though the Council of Thesk recognizes no one settlement as the nation’s capital, Telflamm’s prominence makes that point moot. Founded by the Balindre Impilturan noble house (whose company, the Royal Company of Shou Lung, also pioneered much of the Golden Way), Telflamm is as far into Thesk or the East as many ever travel.
A prince of the Balindre line once ruled here, but with the death of that line’s final scion, Telflamm passed into oligarchy. The Merchants’ Council of Telflamm now manages the city’s affairs, and the council’s leader is given stewardship over old Castle Balindre. The powerful criminal guild known as the Shadowmasters, servants of Shar and users of shadow power, is the real authority in the city, but it allows the council and its leader to maintain the appearance of working against corruption.