Ruins of Timberport
the Queen of Cities
The Queen of Cities is, of course, Erathis, although the townsfolk generally do not use the name, or even know it. Her priests style themselves Her ambassadors, envoys of civilization, and thus call their temple an embassy. The “learned warriors” are known for their erudition, grumpiness, and combat skills. Theirs is a curiously difficult faith, with the evidence of a golden age of city-building lying in ruins all around them.
PCs that worship Erathis may train as monks, paladins, avengers, or clerics at the Embassy without further story elaboration. The classes are listed in order of increasing rarity. (Monks use the psionic power source; according to my limited readings, like the martially-powered classes, psions can learn extraordinary powers through entirely mundane training. That is, while monks may be rare because they’re a PHB3 class, they’re comparatively common as NPCs, because they don’t have to be “special” in the way that, for instance, a sorceror or a cleric does. Sorcery is, of course, thoroughly taboo in Timberport.)
The Embassay of the Queen of Cities maintains a free academy for literacy and numeracy; the associated college instructs academy graduates in natural philosophy (arcana) and history. Of course, the learned warriors also instruct anyone willing to listen in (their) theology. Their compound also houses the instructors at the adjacent Craft School, in which crafters too old for regular work prepare children for their apprenticeships. Alternatively, some crafts may be too dangerous to learn in the field; for instance, the steel-harvesting expeditions out beyond the inner perimeter must work quickly, even when heavily guarded.