When I see the map of Crow's Foot, I see Seven Dials and St. Giles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Dialshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Giles,_London
The District Of Crow’s Foot
Within Crow’s Foot lie two distinct areas; the Rookery of Six Dials and the Island of St. Galvani.
The Rookery of Six Dials
“The stranger who finds himself in the Dials for the first time...at the entrance of Six obscure passages, uncertain which to take, will see enough around him to keep his curiosity awake for no inconsiderable time…” Cirus Dyckens, Author.
A seven-sided sundial (1) of Tycheros design sits at the centre of six cobbled streets. By day and night the streets are filled with market stalls, beggars and all manner of the city’s destitute, the mad and the criminal. All here live, work and die together in closely packed tenements rudely separated into factories, squalid, over-cramped housing and shops.
A persistent oily-black smoke seems to hang above Six Dials from the poor-quality coal scavenged to burn in the vain attempt to keep warm, either in the shared fireplaces within the over-crowded tenements, or the braziers on the streets around which the homeless huddle. Countless factory chimneys churn out pillars of greasy black smoke from the cheap plasmic-oil burners that help keep the gears of the city and the Empire moving.
On the streets of Six Dials you will find...
The abandoned Bluecoat Station House. (HQ to The Crows)
Witchyard Gin Distillery (2)
Bone Carvers - taking leviathon backbone and making all matter of item.
Butchers - poor quality, cheap off-cuts of leviathan meat as well as other meats, best left obscure.
Wetherall and Sons Coal Warehouse (HQ to the Lampblacks)
St. Martin’s School of Sword-Fighting (HQ to the Red Sashes)
Printers / Pamphleteers - both political and religious
Illegal Whispering Galleries
Fine upstanding Clothing manufacturers (Sweatshops)
Small churches - either tending to, or admonishing the poor of six dials.
The Iruvian Church of Six Dials - ministering to the small Iruvian diaspora of six dials.
Overcrowded tenement buildings
Smugglers’ hideouts along the canal banks
St. Galvani’s Island
To the North of Six Dials lies the Island of St. Galvani. Originally a Rat-Plague hospital and its grounds, the island is an example of extremes within the city. To the West of the main road bisecting the island lies the Grand Hospital of St. Galvani and it’s manicured gardens, high walls and high security, and to the West, the sinking squalor of abject poverty, hunger and death within the Eastside Slums. Now one of the worst slums within Akaros, a site of overcrowding and squalor, a confusing warren of semi-derelict and collapsed tenements that makes Six Dials look positively affluent.
The hospital still remains sitting within an incongruous well-tended park to the west of the main north-south road, and offers treatment to the well-to-do of the city and the Empire, for it is still a well-regarded institution for infectious diseases.
To the east of the main road that splits the island, the land is slowly subsiding into the main canal. Semi-abandoned and partly-collapsed tenements rot where they stand, abandoned long ago by the previous inhabitants. Now, these buildings act as overflow for the teeming masses of the city’s poor. East St Galvani is the lowest point someone can find themselves in, and life there is nasty, brutish and short.
(1) ”Rumour has it that old Hiram Neale originally planned seven roads joining at the sundial so as to fit in as many houses as he could, but he changed it to have only six upon the advice of a Whisperer. Of course, the stupid bugger had already ordered and paid for the sundial by then!” An overheard street conversation, Duskwall.
(2) Duskwall Gins
"the principal cause of all the vice & debauchery committed among the inferior sort of people".” Duskwall Magister, year 845
The most famous and best quality gin within the Empire is Blackvale Sapphire Gin. While all gin is produced from the Jenever berry, Gilbert’s only uses Skovlan-grown Jenever berries and distil them using a secret Distillation Method known only to the Gilbert Family, owners of the Blackvale Distillery in South Duskwall.
Within Six Dials and St Galvani, Blackvale Sapphire is a luxury far beyond the means of most. Usually a cheaper, nastier and rougher street-gin is drunk, colloquially known as a Bluecoat gin, typically manufactured within the smaller more basic distilleries throughout the city, including Six Dial’s own Witchyard Distillery.