Last and Final Refuge
The Commons are the largest and most densely populated area of Tirg-Ath-Onon. They are home to all of the day to day activities for most of the population. In addition to housing, the Commons also include most of the taverns.
Depending where one lives, the Commons has several distinct atmospheres. The section closest to the Tower bridge is known as the Wood-pile and is the poorest (and largest) section of the fortress commons. The original buildings have been remodeled for generations and new floors added as extended families have grown. Occasionally, these ramshackle buildings collapse, burying several generations and erasing their collective misery. This area is mostly inhabited by humans, although some unfortunate halflings cast their lot here as well.
Along the Eastern wall of the Refuge lie the vast manors that stand in direct contrast to the poverty of the Wood-pile. Formerly inhabited by great merchants and sea captains, these manors were appropriated by mostly elvish nobles at the time of the Sundering. Over the years they have become increasingly crowded, as even the elves procreate, and some manors have been sold to the more successful denizens of the Refuge.
A deeply cut road tranches the ground along the river-side slope of the mountain and leads to the docks and fields at the lands edge. Along this path, many halflings and dwarves have cut into the mountain to form cramp (but cozy) dwellings for their families.
The central section of the commons is home to the market, where goods are doled out (and sometimes traded). Around the large, open market square stands dozens of shops that cater to all manner of daily needs (clothiers, smithing, even a perfume shop). The southern section of the market is dominated by a three story rectangular building that serves as a guildhall for the non-military (Miner’s, Farmer’s, Crafter’s, and Seafarer’s) guilds in the town.
Filling in the remaining space around the market and spanning from the Wood-pile to the Manors, the middle class of the Fortress live in small stone houses and towers filled in with additional rooms and annexes. They form little acreages now connected by arching walkways and arranged marriages over ten generations.