Dark Sun: The Scorched World of Athas
Site of the only gold mine known to exist on Athas, Walis is a tiny village atop a high spire of rock within a canyon in the foothills of the Ringing Mountains. A massive cargo bucket let up and down by slaves in a crankhouse tower controls access to the community.
Walls is a client village under the control of the city-state of Balic and administered by House Tomblador. In addition to Tomblador’s outpost in Walis, two templars of the sorcerer-king Andropinis and a small detachment of legionaries keep an eye on the village. The Balican templars allow Tomblador agents to do as they wish.
The gold mine lies at the canyon’s throat. Each day a working party of village slaves is let down from the crankhouse and escorted to the mine under the sharp eyes of overseers. The miners produce only a pittance of gold, but it’s enough to sustain the operation. Suspicion greets the few visitors who come to Walis. Those whose stories check out can stay in the Yellow House, a hostelry and stable maintained at the spire’s foot.