Setting out from Riddleport
Temple of Calistria
The Temple of Calistria is found in Riddleport at the House of the Silken Veil. This octagonal pyramid is topped by a blood-red steeple. The walls were once of white marble but are now grimed and stained by years of exposure to the salt air and the pollutants of the Gas Forges, giving it a dreary, unhealthy look. But the silken curtains that cover its three wide, inviting entrances are always freshly laundered and do little to mask the scent of exotic incenses that waft from within.
This structure is the headquarters for Riddleport’s “hospitality industry,” an industry that includes prostitutes, alehouses, escorts, dancers, and even (it is rumored) exotic assassins. The House of the Silken Veil serves another purpose as well: it is a Temple of Calistria in addition to being a high-class brothel. Temple prostitutes work the streets and squares of Leeward and send criers and samples down to Wharf District to bring in the “pigeons.”
The high priestess of this temple is Shorafa Pamodae (female tiefling cleric) a leather-clad mistress seldom seen without her snakeskin whip coiled about a shoulder. She is also one of the city’s minor crimelords and rules the hospitality industry, from pimps to liquor sales. Currently working within the confines of the temple and never venturing forth is a call girl called Lavender Lil (female tiefling rogue). A faithful follower of Calistria, Lavender has been granted asylum by Shorafa to escape the wrath of Clegg Zincher after her involvement in the death of his brother more than a year ago. She chafes at her confinement and would be only too willing to manipulate a heroic “pigeon” into helping her escape Zincher’s retribution.