(the City of Spices
) is a metropolis and the busiest port in Cormyr
, situated on the west bank of the mouth of the Starwater River
. It is based upon trade and lies on sandy islands in swampy terrain, making use of canals that double as open sewers, often causing a stench problem in warm periods, but preventing the water from freezing during the cold periods. Open areas of solid ground are a rarity here.