Ravnay and her Districts
When it was first founded under charter from the Ravnay Expedition Limited Corporation, the city was only intended to spread across the east bank of the river Rav. Now, however, its older district--and oldest slum--inhabit the east bank, whereas the bulk of the city has crossed to the west bank.
There are five bridges across the river Rav, two stone and three wood. Congestion and traffic across these is an issue, as they are all over Ravnay, which was far from a well thought-out plan when it first began. The major roads (marked in grey) are the only reliable means of getting around aside from a ferry, and even then, traffic on the river can frequently erupt into boat-fights which clog up travel even more as the guards take some time to respond on the water.
Thanks to their huge and divisive nature, the major roadways generally divide up the parts of town--with the exception of the Wold and Harford's Ferry, where the distinction of being on one side or the other still tells you a lot about the neighbourhood.The Wold
The oldest and most regal of the districts, the descendant of original share holders and corporate officers keep their estates here. In a world of new and uncertain things, the Wold is the beginnings of the Blue Blood--already thinking themselves more noble than bourgeoisie in origin, the residents of the Wold are known for their decadence and their chicanery.The Grange
Once the agricultural center of the settlement, the Grange was kept as a green space and park for the rich residents of Ravnay to enjoy. Unofficially, it's become the Elven quarter--the old converted farmhouses and stone townhouses serving as bordellos for those of finer taste, and some Elves making their ways as gardeners amongst the still relatively free streams and groves, paid by the city to keep things trim and verdant.The Goldsmith's Quarter
The descendants of foremen got their children into cushy midlevel government jobs and goldsmithing, a dirty but lucrative profession that involves everything form gold leaf to decorate manuscripts to engineering feats hardly related to gold or smithing at all. The more renowned architects amongst the goldsmiths are also occasionally called upon to act as engineers in times of war. All in all, a bourgeois rises along the water's eastern bank in the shadow of their betters and the city's largest concentration of Elves.The Wool District
More rough-and-tumble, the Wool District has its fare share of those who did well and those who just barely get by. It boasts several warehouses and places of business, as well as the homes of almost everyone in the wool trade--save for the porters who live out in the shanty towns. Wool is big business in Ravnay, and the Woolman's Guild is--aside from notoriously sexist--a force to be reckoned with in politics and bridgeway brawls.Harford's Ferry
When the Sects and Cults descended upon the economic venture of Ravnay and found an audience amongst its world-weary populace, the Corporation refused to let them break dirt on the East Bank. Not discouraged, but in need of a solution, many turned to an enterprising man named Harford. Harford wasn't part of the expedition, but had come to the surface with his kinsmen a few decades ago. Now, he'd built a small town, not nearly enough to rival Ravnay on the far side, but an important point of transit thanks to his ferry and the relative lack of bridges. Allowing various religious structures to be built--so long as they'd submit to his tax--Harford's Ferry was born. A melting pot of many religions and races, its attracts all kinds, and still draws revenue from its infamous Temple Tax which rather than be surrendered to the city is directly in the purse of the Harford Alderman, always a descendant of Harford himself--by practice rather than decree.Blackshack Row
A hundred and fifty years ago when the wall was being built, Hill Dwarfs were contracted to oversee construction and provide the stone. As it turned out, much of the bulwark would use wood as a substitute due to the continued expansion of the project, but the line got drawn to include where the Dwarfs themselves had come to live and work--Blackshack Row, so called for its narrow stature, relative length, and the constant black smoke coming from the smithies that cropped up there to help build and repair tools used during construction. Today, it is in essence the Dwarfish quarter of the city, although Dwarfs live freely throughout all of Ravnay, and it is where the Dwarfish Banks keep their branches.Guild Quarter
When the walls were being built, the various Guilds decided to cut out a corner of the city to call their own--and were willing to pay through the nose to do so. The Goldsmith's, Ferryman's, and Woolman's guild footed the bill equally, and each owned a 3rd of the new quarter. They would go on to sell parcels of land on their plots to new or petty guilds. The Poacher's Guildhall, for example, lies within the Goldsmith's 3rd of the Guild Quarter.