Nestled in a loop of the River Devyn is the walled castle town of Elsbury. Indeed, it has long been the most important settlement in the Devyn Vale, in ancient times it was a hill fort and stronghold of the Devyni tribe.
Elsbury is an important market town and river port, but what has attracted people to the site for thousands of years is the defensibility. Elsbury is built on an outcropping of granite that slopes gently upwards from the south to the north with a sharp escarpment at the northern end. The River Devyn flows around the outcropping in a horseshoe bend, the open end of the bend at the steep northern side of the granite outcropping, providing a natural moat.
Castle Elesgarde sits atop the northern end of the escarpment, guarding the access from the north. Stout walls encircle the town, pierced by stout gates at the eastern and western sides of town with a bridge over the river at each side.
Across the river to the east is the suburb of Holywell, a large village in its own right. The river docks and the warehouses of the trading houses as well as heavier (or smellier) industries such as black smithies, tanneries and a large livery stable are located in this suburb. Near the bridge into town is a large compound called the Caravanserai.
The road outside the west gate of town is known as the Abbey Foregate, due to the presence of the compound of Elsbrook Abbey, a Luminarian house dedicated to teachinga nd healing. The Abbey takes up much of the south side of the Foregate, and several houses, shops and an inn line the road. Next to the Abbey is a large clear area which is the site of the annual fair run by the Abbey.
The population of Elsbury is roughly 8000. Before the fall of the Empire of Nerath, the population had reached upwards of 10,000, but by the time of Dux Ursinus, the population had declined to around 4000.
Points of Interest Around Elsbury