Shortly after the Cataclysm, a fleet of ships landed on the site of New Ports, on the south-eastern coast of Abanasinia. The ship captains founded the town and set up a number of guilds. Over time, these guilds became more established and the town began to operate under a bartering system. Each guild has its own shops and residential district, which barters and trades with the other guilds of the city. No singular party rules New Ports, but various merchant lords rule each guild. Naturally this makes decisions that affect the entire town difficult to make, as everything must be decided before a council of merchants.