Elendsviertel District

"As if the very idea of a special district without housing codes or significant policing to house the poorest citizens of the city wasn't enough to convince the observer of the utter insanity of the Public Infrastructure Council in the Herzog era, one need only to point out that they placed the Elendsviertel District upwind of the city proper."
-Professor Glavin Dehrling, Magistra of the Academy of the Humanities, 1104-1168, Order of the Gilded Trident

Professor Dehrling overstates the role of the Public Infrastructure Council, which at the time was a rubber-stamp organization that catered to the every whim of the ruling Herzogs, but the decision by Herzog Klaus Cutner in 492 which created the Elendviertel District was surely a great folly. Klaus was a straightforward person with a simple answer any problem. He disliked seeing the poor sleeping on the streets, and so decided that there should be houses and rooms they could afford. Learning that the obstacle to affordable housing was the cost of building to meet the various architectural codes, he suspended them in a part of the city. Similarly, when he learned that the poor distrusted the Falkensburg Guard more than they apparently wanted homes, he ordered them to all but abandon any activity in the region. The region was chosen out of convenience, a part of the city which was made conveniently unoccupied by the last major Sinking incident a few years prior.

In addition to bad smells, the Elendviertel District caused many other problems for the rest of the city in the years that followed. Unsurprisingly, the shoddy construction made it the starting point of frequent fires that threatened other parts of the city. After the Great Fire of 7551, the Decade Council enacted the Rauchgesetze, which were the only laws vigorously enforced in the District. Similarly, rebellion, plague and criminal activity ran rampant in the Elendsviertel District, all of which have occasionally spilled into the larger city.

In recent years, as poverty and declining property values have spread to other parts of the city such as Achenauerstrasse and Bauersheim, the Elendviertel District is becoming a favored home to rich, young professionals, particularly of the more libertine persuasion. The fact that three of the Portals are within the district, and a fourth within convenient walking distance has also contributed strongly to this economic gentrification trend.

1 Which, ironically enough, is one of the city's few major fires to have started elsewhere.

-Doktor Plasner

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