Heir To Reformation
Laurence is a large city south of Danzig in Central Westphalia. Its location makes it ideal for trade, especially along the Laurence River which runs through town in a stone canal. In recent years, engineers have learned to harness the river’s power to run machinery, and Laurence is now home to a kind of heavy industry: there are several large textile mills where cotton is spun into thread and cloth, two machine-powered sawmills where logs floated down the river are hewn into planks and boards, flour mills, a mechanical printing press, and many other innovative industrial works.
This new industry has resulted in great economic expansion as workers have moved to the city seeking jobs. Unfortunately, wages are low and working conditions are poor even for those lucky enough to have factory jobs. The city is thus home to a sizeable economic underclass who dwell in wretched squalor. Beggars abound, many of them missing limbs as a result of industrial accidents.
This squalor often lives side by side with wealth and prosperity, as the city is also home to a thriving middle class of merchants and artisans whose circumstances range from modest but comfortable all the way to luxurious wealth that would make many Barons envious.