Traveller's Guide to the Sword Coast Vol. VIII: The Outer City
Traveller's Guide to the Sword Coast Vol. VIII: The Outer City is part of a larger collection of guide books.
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... overland travellers nearing Baldur's Gate have been known to smell the city before they clap eyes on it. This is thanks to what is known as the Outer City - the area that houses much of what Baldur's Gate needs to survive and thrive, but at the same time would rather not keep within its walls. Tanneries, stockyards, slaughterhouses, saltworks and less-than-regulated markets abound here, as well shanties and camps for the less fortunate souls who are drawn to the city.
It is the author's firm opinion that respectable travellers should never dawdle in such a place, no matter how tempting its base attractions may be after a long journey. Instead they should make way promptly (while paying strict attention to any valuables on their person or in their baggage) then see about presenting themselves to one of the main entrances to the Lower City, such as the famed Basilisk Gate. Once entry has been secured, they can consider themselves in the city proper...