Merton, a rich, prosperous city, a result of the proximity of rich mines, farmland and woodland. Merton’s rich reputation attracted thousand of immigrants over years which has lead to Merton being one of the msot culturally diverse cities on Ameroth. The influx of refugees caused a rather wide rich/poor divide, although the plethora of resources available so close at hand meant that even the poor of Merton lived well by most standards.
The sudden stop in contact with the other Free Cities and lack of any traders returning from trips quickly changed the dynamics of Merton, the rich were no longer bringing in huge swathes of gold from trading with the other Free Cities, and soon the costs of upkeep on their estates started to threaten to ruin them. So they begun to increase the prices which they sold the local stock at. Suddenly the poor of Merton could not afford to live and many turned to banditry, and throughout the rest tension grows, hate for the upper classes.