Love it. Reminds me strongly of China Mieville, which is good in my book. "The Maul" is most definitely from Tower Of The Elephant by Robert Howard (it's the slum that Conan is in at the beginning of the story; I know my Conan!) Go to Comment
I will read this in full shortly, but something is nagging me. What other slum in the wide-world of gaming and literature is known as "The Maul". The name, specifically for a slum, sounds soooo familiar for some reason.