The Beginning of the End
The city of Rigus sits on the plane known as the Concordant Domain of the Outlands. It is one of sixteen gate-towns that link the Great Ring of the Outer Planes to the Outlands. Specifically, Rigus provides access to Acheron, and thus shares many of that plane’s philosophical bents, including its dedication to cruel, unforgiving law.
Rigus is a massive fortress-city enclosing a military camp endlessly engaged in preparations for war. Blacksmiths bang away at hot metal in the streets while corner venders sell military provisions and war animals. The city is built on a hill and is surrounded by a series of seven circular walls, each rising higher than the last. At the center, in a section of the city known as the Crown, a winding stair penetrates deep underground to a grey-green nimbus of twisting light like a great cat’s eye: the portal to the city’s patron plane.