Absalom's Ivy District is considered the capital of the arts in the Inner Sea region.1 It is by far the smallest of the city's districts. It derives its name from its tree-lined streets, which attract a wealthier and more aristocratic demographic than the seedier parts of town located down the bluff toward the harbor. Filled with manor homes, gardens, theaters, galleries, and discrete parlor houses, the Ivy District draws an eclectic array of artists, minor nobles, and famous actors. It is also one of the safer parts of Absalom, relatively free from the violent crimes one would expect in Puddles or even the Coins.2 The Ivy District is home to a large percentage of Absalom's elven and half-elven population, perhaps because of its natural beauty.3
Light-hearted rivalries have become the staple relationship between local performers, with works mocking and belittling other artists and their creations being commonplace. These bardic feuds have given rise to the district's most famous celebrities.1
Ivy District is packed full of narrow streets filled with performers, breathtaking architecture and gardens, the finest artistic venues and attractions. Students and artists flock here to study in one of the Inner Sea region's most famous musical academies, the White Grotto,3 although it is not the only place here for artists to develop their skills—a handful of formal schools scatter the Ivy District, and working experts offer private lessons for anyone willing to pay for them.1
Ivy District Council
The Ivy District Council is the local district council, led by Nomarch Alain Always. The council is quite corrupt, and biased towards tourists and the Street Performers and Actors' Guild (which is, coincidentally, also led by Alain Always).1
The Thistleguard is the local district watch led by captain Zharep Apul. The guard is infamous for its lackluster enforcement of district's policies and a habit of turning a blind eye on crimes committed by tourists.5
Brotherhood of Abadar
Criminals and criminal organizations
The Ivy District is one of the safest places in Absalom, and local crime is often petty and almost never violent. The district's popularity among tourists and its famous entertainment venues mean that small-time criminals, such as prostitutes and drug dealers thrive among the hedonistic residents and visitors. A small number of street gangs engage in counter-cultural art, usually using illusions to create magical temporary graffiti (which also caused a demand for immediate dispelling services among impatient nobility) and host performances on temporary stages that can easily be dismissed by the time the guard arrives. Most big criminals are ambitious thieves drawn here by priceless works of art and the local nobles' riches.25
Over the last century, nobles, attracted by district's first-class entertainment, have been buying up land for personal villas and gardens, leaving little space for artists and students. Nowadays, small dorms that once offered comfortable and affordable living are overflowing with people in desperate need of housing, and survival here is impossible without the favor of the district's nobles.1
The Ivy District boasts the largest population of leshys in Absalom. Most of them consider the whole district their home, and sleep among trees and plants in the streets or local gardens. They are sometimes hired by the district's nobles as a temporary and eccentric movable landscape decoration for their garden parties and outdoor events.1
Places of Interest
Places of interest in the Ivy District include:6
- Arbor Ward
- Archerus Manor
- Bloom Cabaret
- The Chamber Grove
- Crystal Creations
- Dacilane Manor
- District Courthouse
- Embrey's Armory
- Flower Street Market
- The Golden Serpent
- The Gutless Griffon
- House of Healing
- It Sparkles!
- Ivy District Park
- Ivy Playhouse
- Kyonin Embassy
- The Laughing Sword
- The Northman's Woodworks Galleria
- Ravounel Consulate
- Shrine of Shelyn
- Starspine Manor
- Sundown Street
- Thistleguard Station
- Vault of Abadar
- The Wandering Monster
- White Grotto
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- “Ivy District” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 163ff. Paizo Inc., 2021 .
- “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 55. Paizo Inc., 2008 .
- “Absalom and Starstone Isle” in World Guide, 17. Paizo Inc., 2019 .
- “The Laughing Sword” in Magical Marketplace, 16. Paizo Inc., 2013 .
- “Ivy District” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 165. Paizo Inc., 2021 .
- “Ivy District” in Absalom, City of Lost Omens, 165–175. Paizo Inc., 2021 .