Twill is an ancient city, far older than many of its inhabitants suspect. Its prime location on the banks of Lake Twill and the edge of the steppes has kept it important for thousands of years. At times Twill has been a mighty city state but just as often it has been a vassal state to one powerful nation or another. Currently the city is part of the Empire. Its location marking the outer reaches of the Empire's power.
As gateway to the Empire, the city is flourishing. Spice traders from across the steppes bring huge caravans into the city. The spice is sold off to the halfling river traders who transport it down the river, into the heart of empire. The city is also the marketplace for raw materials such as iron that come from the mines in the nearby mountains.
With a population of around 20,000 souls the city is over-flowing. Conditions in many parts of the city are extremely crowded, inevitably leading to crime and disease. The city is governed by humans and the majority of the population is human but there are large halfling and dwarfish populations. There are also a smaller groups of most other races.