Although most people think of Absalom as an independent city, it is in fact the capital of a nation (Absalom) that controls the entire Isle of Kortos, as well as the settlements of Diobel and Escadar. Diobel is the smaller of these two settlements, and found on the western shores of Kortos. It is a bustling port town doing business mostly with fishermen, traders exporting furs and lumber of Kortos, and smugglers looking to bring illicit goods in and out of Absalom itself overland, thus avoiding the watchful gaze of the larger port’s harbormasters. While people in Absalom tend to think of Diobel as their poorer cousin, much of the food and common trade goods brought into Absalom actually arrive first in Diobel and take a caravan by land into Absalom, rather than land goods in the City at the Center of the World directly. Control of Diobel can give political forces increased influence in Absalom, making it a common first target for a growing faction. Currently, Diobel is ruled by Lord Avid of House Arnsen, a bitter rival (and childhood friend) of Lord Gyr.