The most populous city in Nidal, Nisroch is also the least controlled. Here, the lesser nobility of the Umbral Court contend against one another as often as they hunt out apostates and other traitors. Although Nisroch’s ports are inspected with obsessive, military regularity, agents of Desna slip through the cracks to establish safe houses and underground cults that work quietly against the powers that be.
This immaculate port city, silently policed by soldiers who carry no weapons, serves as the public face of Nidal. Traders from Cheliax, Korvosa, and northern Varisia sometimes put in to Nisroch to trade or repair damaged vessels, but strangers seldom linger long in the shadowlands of Nidal, finding its people inhospitable and suspicious of outsiders. Art, revelry, and music are all but forbidden in Nidal, and much of the nation’s culture involves military theory, poetry, and esoteric mysticism related to shadows and darkness. Recent reports from spies amid Andoran’s Gray Corsairs suggest that pirates from the Shackles dock in Nisroch with increasing frequency, but little is known of the reasons behind their visits and the implications they might have for Nidal’s relationship with Cheliax, which constantly wars with the pirates along Garund’s western coast.
Sources: Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting