Pathfinder Chronicles: Heroes of the Mists
Absalom is the most famous of all cities, and takes pride in being one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the known world. According to myth, Absalom was founded by Aroden himself when the Last of the First Humans raised the Starstone from the ocean depths and left it in its current resting place at the heart of the city. It is thus a living part ofr mythology. Besides its noble past, Absalom sits in the largest natural harbor on the Isle of Kortos, in the eye of the Inner Sea. This allows it to control dozens of major shipping lanes, and makes it a critical stop ona ny voyage across the sea. The confluence of mercantile, strategic, and religious influence in Absalom earns its title as the City at the Center of the World. Of cours, it also attracts would-be conquerors, who have unsuccessfully assaulted the city throughout history. The ruins of dozens of siege castles litter the grounds outside Absalom’s walls, and its harbor is so choked with the masts and moldering hulls of sunken warships that safely reaching the city’s docks requires the eye of a paid pilot. Yet Absalom has never fallen.
When Aroden rose the Isle of Kortos from the depths of the Inner Sea and founded Absalom, he called the wise and the brave from nearby lands to inhabit the new land and charged them to guard the Starstone from all who would relocate it. Nobles, merchants, and adventurers came, and have continued to come, especially from Osirion, Thuvia, Cheliax, Andoran, Taldor, and Qadira. As a result, the culture of the city draws heavil from all these lands, and many of its noble houses identify themselves closely with elements from those nations. The common folk represent an even wider array of cultural influences, from Mordrant Spire elves to Tian traders to travelers from othe planes. As a result, food, song, and clothing from nearly every corner of golarion can be found here if the visitor knows where to look. It is said with some seriousness that it is impossible to look out of place in the streets of Absalom.