New Crobuzon Hero
Living in New Crobuzon
New Crobuzon, the biggest city in Bas-Lag is 11 miles from east to west
and 8 miles north to south. Sitting on the rivers of Canker and Tar where they
join to form the Gross Tar. The city is northeast of Rudewood.
Days of the week
- Pennies (similar to Stivers)
- Stivers (at least 20 Stivers to a Shekel)
- Shekels (1 Shekel = price of the ingredients for a good meal for 2).
Made of brass.
- Ragamoll. The common tongue. The language of New Crobuzon is a dialect of Ragamoll
- Fellid Vodyanoi
- Southern Vodyanoi
- High Khepri
- High Kettai
Getting around town
The streets are so crowded that there are only a few methods regularly
used to travel:
Cabs waited all along the iron fence. A massive
variety. Two-wheelers, four-wheelers, pulled by horses, by sneering
ptera-birds, by steam-wheezing constructs on caterpillar treads... here and
there by Remade, miserable men and women both cabdriver and cab.
The ever present, slow moving dirigibles are not used by normal
citizens, but the upper classes and the Militia.
The Militia also use the pods on the skyrail. All skyrails start at the
Spire on top of Perdido Street Station.
Citizens of New Crobuzon in particular, but even the farms and other
settlements throughout Bas Lag, live in a constant state of fear of the
They are a cross between secret police and the military, and will
use any method to achieve their ends. They have been known to use Thaumaturges
Anyone can be a Miltia member - teenagers to old ladies. The
only identifying mark of a Militia member, is the hood - which is pulled over
the face to hide their identity when they are making a raid or arrest.
There are various official buildings of the Militia as well - to have them
accessible to the general public if they wish to report a crime. The
omnipresent dirigibles that drift around New Crobuzon skies mostly contain
Militia and are capable of dropping numbers of them by rope as the need arises.
Other dirigibles are used for various government purposes.
should be treated as a "Hunted" that increases effect within certain areas, or
if there have been notable crimes happening.
After the Construct Wars and
during the time of the war with Tesh, the Militia cease to be undercover and
patrol with uniforms, like regular police. However - there may still be
The parliament buildings are all located on Strack Island where the rivers Tar and Canker join to form the Gross Tar.
There are four major political parties: Fat Sun party, Three Quills party, Diverse Tendency party and Finally We Can See party. Life in New Crobuzon follows a fairly rigid class structure and political members come from the upper echelons of society.
The Sufferage Lottery
Not everyone gets to vote in New Crobuzon. Every election a lottery is held to determine which citizens are entitled to vote. Note - only middle class citizens are likely to ever be put into the lottery.