Curse of the Crimson Throne
Korvosa's Offal Secret
Built where the land meets the water and straddling a major river that dumps into the most prosperous clam field in Varisia, the lower sections of Korvosa face a huge, stinking problem: their own waste. Many of the sewers beneath Korvosa drain into massive cesspits to the south, but the isolated wards on Endrin Isle trust to an alternative means of disposal: otyughs. The otyughs of Korvosa have more than tripled in number (and can still only barely keep up with the city’s offal) since Lord Magistrate Dess Leroung imported them from Cheliax almost two centuries ago. Large steel plugs in the streets, opened by equally massive crank-driven winches, separate the city’s population from its surly waste disposers. These otyughs occasionally break out of the sewers and rampage through Korvosa, where they’re subsequently corralled and incarcerated again by guardsmen wielding longspears coated in tranquilizing poisons.