Very good stuff. Straight out of the books of Sword and Sorcery (so much so that I was expecting a double-cross). Many of the small elements are beautiful, when you pick them up hold them to the light. (The face through the curtains is a very nice visual). It's lacking a certain something though. I feel like it could benefit from a bit more fleshing out, more magical defenses, or a few events that might occur. Maybe a guest visits? Maybe Baza takes a meal in the garden? How would Baza react to the PCs if they decided to ambush him as he left the house? And where was the bathroom? 4.5/5 Go to Comment
In a city where the justice system features judicial dueling, plaintiffs and defendants are permitted to request a champion to take their place in the duel: Someone chosen by lot from among the foreigners in the city. When anyone first arrives, they are given an enchanted ceramic pendant that marks them as a candidate for "court duty".
Wealthy folk entering the city are often escorted by burly guards, paid to carry pendants on their behalf: They elude court duty in that way.
Adventurers may seek work as a rich man's proxy or may find themselves magically summoned to serve as a champion.