An Imperfect Circle
The remnants of the aristocratic families of Laris now run the city as competing syndicates. In theory, an elected council makes decesions on behalf of teh once great city. In reality, the council serves the will of the syndicate, by coin or by blade.
Laris is infamous for being one of the perpetrators of a war that devastated the region. The casus belli has been lost to time, but in the centuries following the Contagion, Laris and Velen fought an escalating series of wars that culminated in the unleashing of terrible First Age weapons that destroyed the regional rivals. The great cities have only recently recovered the strength to project their power beyond their walls. Bitterness still exists between both nations, who each blame the other for their tragic fates.