Do you remember the childhood game of passing the ball of string around a circle? When you got the ball you had to add on to the story that someone else in the circle had started. Well – let’s do that.
I’ll start. You add on via the comments box. Anyone can play.
Starting setting: Port City in habited by humans mostly. Walled with a castle.
Races: Any. City is mostly Human
General alignment: Any. The city is a “lawful good” city, that is – the government wants everyone to follow its laws and most laws are made for the benefit of the official residents of the city. To be an ‘official resident’ one must have lived in the city for at least six months and have a regular job. A ‘regular job’ is one that a person does at least 3 days a week for the majority of weeks out of the year. The ‘regular job’ cannot be unlawful (for example, your thief steals for a living every night – so that’d be his regular job – however, stealing is unlawful – therefore, to be an official resident the thief would need to have a day job.) If a person loses his job (is fired or whatever) he has to petition to retain his official resident status. Official residents have paperwork filed in the Recorder’s Office that proves their status (their name is on a list).
Leadership: The city is lead by a council (5 people) and the council reports to the Chancellor, who reports to the Baron of the Province, and the Baron reports to the King. Titles are passed on by heredity or by being bestowed by the King. The Council is made up of “leaders” of the city. They are voted in every three years. People can vote if they are official residents of the city, pay taxes, own property and have voted before. If new to the city, a person can petition to vote and the Council decides on it. “Leaders” are those people who decide money and are approved to run for office by the council. Nobles are related in some manner to the King’s family. Nobles are often elected to the Council.
Religion: Any. Mostly good religions in the city. Currently the “state” religion is that of the Sun God. The King is said to rule by the whim of the Sun God.
Magic: Magic is a hotly debated subject. Some religions claim that it is a gift given by the god(s). Some claim that it is evil and unnatural. There are all the normal types of magic users out there (as found in the Dungeon and Dragons game). Humans can use magic but they have to have an aptitude for it, and most are not innately magical (like dragons and faeries and the like). Elves are partially magical. Most magic is done via spells, potions, magical stones etc. (again – see DnD). Mind powers are not widely known or used.
Climate of the city: The city lies on the western coast of (one of) the northern continent(s). It is north of the tropics and often has the world’s jet stream blow storms in. It has weather like San Francisco.
City Workers: Besides the Recorder’s Office, and the Chancellor’s Office, and the Office of the Council, there is a City Guard (which is hiring). Some religious houses have their own guards, as do many nobles. There is a postal service (which is hiring).
Other things in the city include Guilds of various trades, a farmer’s market, a fisherman’s market, and an artisan’s market (where starving artists show their wares/perform – like a once a month gallery showing).