Blades of Rudo
The port town of Ryden is the Southern Fortification of the Kingdom of Rudo. The city has an interesting power structure. Instead of a simple tithe or tax to maintain the defenses, they have a mercenary guild that takes care of all military and defensive needs. Only registered “hunters” may accept contracts put forth by the guilds and citizens of Ryden. The strongest of these mercenary groups are the Riders of Aro, Griffon Lords of a high caliber. They perform special tasks and missions. Other lesser groups usually take the standard patrols and lesser apprehensions.
A distinguishing feature of the port is that it is built into a cliff and watery cavern system. They bay protects them from the worst of the stormy seas and hundred foot elevator baskets take men and goods up the cliff-face.
The other real power of Ryden is the Mercantile guild. They control and monitor all imports and exports and they see to the smooth running of the city and infrastructure.