Blood and Magic
If Thaco has a heart (though most would say that it doesn’t), it is Midtown. This is the crossroads of Thaco where common folks rub shoulders with the not-so-common, where everyone goes in order to get anywhere else, and where all newcomers to the city inevitably end up first. Midtown is the most cosmopolitan area of the Thaco and of Avalon.
The largest district in the city, Midtown is actually twice as big as any other district of the city. Frequent motions have come before the Assembly to subdivide it into two separate districts. Holding up the motion’s passage, however, is the furious debate among merchants, business owners, and city administrators as to exactly where the new border would go. If the parties ever manage to settle this issue, this division likely will happen.
Perhaps most significantly, Midtown is where Tavern’s Row is and most adventurers congregate here.
Midtown may be the most purely “Thaco” section of the city. This is where adventurers come, where a lot of nonhumans live; in essence, this is the hub of the city. “Everything passes through Midtown,” the saying goes.
The streets are wide, but regardless of their width, the streets are almost always crowded with locals going about their business and others just passing through to get to one of the Market wards, the Forgeworks, or Flamekeep. The smell of cooked meals mixes with the odor of garbage, sewage, and rain at times, but often the rainwater clears away the nastier refuse. The streets are full of people carrying things: their washing, freshly bought bread, a child or two, or their trash to dump into the river. And that’s just for starters.