Dream on the Horizon: A 7th Sea campaign
Fontaine (Quattro Alle) Population: 66,000
The growing metropolis of Fontaine was built over the ruins of the Bianco manorhouse (and the attached city, Quattro Alle) when the Vestini family seized control of the area. The Vaticine Cardinals excommunicated it, ahd it cleansed, and then blessed it again for the purpose of rebuilding and renewing the land. It seems to have worked, for Fotaine is once again the most powerful city in the Mantuan provinces. Some of the grandest and most well-known courtesan houses in teh world live here, and those who have the wealth to visit them are never disappointed.
Indeed, Fontaine is one of the largest cities on the Vodacce mainland, supported by its immense craft trade and light taxes. The Vestini believe in lowering taxes for those citizens who actively tithe to the church and contribute with manual labor or craftsmanship to the city’s growth; thus, many craftsmen and laborers have chosen to live in Fontaine. Only about 10,000 of Fontaine’s inhabitants are natives; the rest have immigrated for the benegicial conditions and gentle rulership provided by the Vestini family.
Nevertheless, all the kind patronage in Vodacce will not erase a city’s past, and the atrocities of the Bianco still linger here. Citizens do not wander near sewer openings at night for fear that something foul will rise up and devour them. Further, there is rumored to be a black cabal of Legion worshippers operating in the city’s heirarchy, guiding the Vestini government while the noble family remains on the distant shores of their island home.
The arts in Fontaine are adored like no other city in Vodacce: massive playhouses and musuems, art galleries, and statue gardens litter the tremendous city. The Vestini make great sacrifices for the arts, and those who receive artistic acclaim in Fontaine can make an astounding profit anywhere in Theah.