Rest Is For The Wicked
The unquestioned jewel of the mountain range is the city of Adriana nestled in a mountain valley. The buildings are made entirely of gleaming white marble, and Adriana is the only place in the east to sell the coveted white granite coming from the Penington mountain stone quarries. The other mining towns are legally required to get legal title to “mine Penington land” and must transport their gems to Adriana for review, accounting, resale and further distribution. Thus, Adriana the “Marble City,” is the hub for the trafficking of white granite, diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones. The Peningtons, who control the city and virtually all of the mining operations, take a hefty 33% of all gems pulled from the mountains as part of their “mining fee” (after all, they own the mountains). It is a practice many resent, and some question the family’s ownership of the mountains, however, the Merchants’ Guild recognizes their rights and the Penington Army is too powerful to challenge. Besides, even with their cut and other fees, people are making money hand over fist, so no one complains too loudly. Once in Adriana, the stones are either resold in their rough state or cut, polished and then sold around the world.