The Fishambles

The Fishshambles sprawls along the waterfront to the north of Cheap Street. Here a tangled, reeking labyrinth of narrow, tenebrous alleys—punctuated by a few wider roads—runs down to the Svart and the network of rickety wharfs and jetties jutting from its southern bank. A few folk maintain totteringly decrepit warehouses, hard against the docks; most such locations are used for nefarious activities such as smuggling. At least two are under the thieves’ guild’s control.


The folk here are tough, well used to dealing with the versititudes of life and Hard Bay’s perils. Adventurers seeking a boat and its master brave enough to sail to Gloamhold will likely eventually gravitate here.

Many of the folk and businesses in the Fishambles—unsurprisingly— make their living from the sea. Most of the choicest fish is landed in the Old City; the folk dwelling here must make do with the cast offs and leavings of the wealthier folk across the river.

Smelly Alley

A hub for fishmongers and the like, this surprisingly wide alley reeks of fish, salt and the stench of unwashed bodies. Here, fishermen sell their daily catch from small booths while others smoke fish or bake fish pies. The freshest fish on Smelly Alley are generally to be had as soon as the daily catch has been landed. Unscrupulous fishmongers—of which there are many of Smelly Alley—have no qualms in selling fish several days old to unsuspecting (or poor) customers.

Smelly Alley can be very busy—normally after the daily catch has been landed. Other times, while the boats are at sea, it is almost deserted.

Notable businesses operating from Smelly Alley include Honest Irina’s Fishmonger (a small, surprisingly clean establishment), Ossi’s Fish Emporium (a grand name for little more than a dingy shopfront and small storeroom) and Sauli & Alma’s (a scrupulously honest husband and wife team).

Water Lane

Bounded by ruined and crumbling buildings, Water Lane is the haunt of beggars, lepers and those with nowhere else to go. No-one really cares what happens on Water Lane; it is a good place to plot nefarious doings (or to dispose of a body).

As the name suggests, Water Lane is low-lying and often floods. Heavy rain, particularly high tides and the savage annual winter storms often inundate it—and the surrounding buildings. No-one dwells on Water Lane voluntarily.

Puddle Lane

Puddle Lane lies at the top of Water Lane. Here, when Water Lane is flooded the ground is merely boggy. Folk living along Puddle Lane are some of the poorest, most desperate folk in Languard.

Dragmire Walk

Another low-lying part of the city, this alley is often little more than a quagmire. Here, houses—their meager foundations eroded away—lean drunkenly against one another. The sun rarely banishes the gloom from this narrow thoroughfare.


Languard is the capital city of Ashlar and closest settlement of note to Gloamhold’s benighted halls. This is a first look at the location, which will appear in its final form in Town Backdrop: Languard which will be published by Raging Swan Press in early 2018.

For more Languard, check out the city’s main page!

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

One thought on “The Fishambles”

  1. Will you be throwing open the work to amateurs again?
    I had a blast on my first and only ever piece of game fiction, that you published for Languard Locations: Fishshambles (or Fishambles if you believe this page, though it mentions both spellings) and would love to try my hand at something a bit meatier.

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