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Kymal is a small city built on the rocky foothills of the Ironseat Ridge in the Republic of Tal'Dorei, south of the Silvercut Crossroads.

Description[]

Kymal was originally a mining town, built from the camps mining a vein of gold in the Ironseat Ridge. However, by the early 700s PD, the mines had run out. The city clumsily pivoted towards trade, with little success, and the citizens relied on fishing and farming to survive for decades until around 766 PD, when Calis Krishtan, an immigrant from Ank'Harel, erected a casino, The Maiden's Wish. From there, Kymal built up its new reputation as a place for gambling and entertainment and recovered economically.[2]

As of 812 PD, Kymal was known as a destination for those interested in games of luck, but had also become popular among criminals hoping to game the system or take advantage of those in need of money. Both the Myriad and Clasp have notable presences within the city, each running their own casino[2] named the Wishing Well and the Dragon's Hoard respectively.[1]

Kymal does trade with the small communities on the shores of the Foramere Basin,[3] and it has a small private line of trade in illicit goods with Syngorn through that city's Linens Guild.[4]

In 843 PD, Kymal was still described as a muddy little backwater known for its casinos "and truly nothing else" that was the perfect place for those seeking to lay low.[5]

Points of interest[]

Society[]

Demographics[]

In 812 PD, Kymal was a small city with a population of 7,991 made up of humans (73%), dwarves (14%), and various other races (13%),[2] including some gnolls.[7] By 836 PD, Kymal's population had grown greatly to 29,440. Humans were still the majority (63%), followed by dwarves (24%), and others make up the rest (13%).[8]

Many tieflings embrace their infernal ancestry in this seedy town,[9] and the margrave in 836 PD is a tiefling.[1] The city is a center of the rock gnome population in Tal'Dorei,[10] but aside from Sybil and Kaylie, there were no other female forest gnomes there while Kaylie was growing up.[11]

Notable people[]

Player characters[]

Non-player characters[]

Factions[]

  • Public Defense: Kymal's constabulary, around a thousand armed guards.[1]

Crime[]

Kymal is the epicenter of drug trade for both the Clasp and the Myriad. Though the creation and possession of these drugs is strictly prohibited in most of Tal'Dorei, they have found popularity in Kymal, where the Public Defense is quite susceptible to bribes, arresting rather small-time crooks working for these criminal organizations, almost never the high-ranking members.[20]

According to Lolth, members of the Children of Malice reside in Kymal.[21]

History[]

Before 612 PD, a gold rush in the Ironseat Ridge made Kymal into a boom town over the next century. A century later, Kymal's gold rush came to an end as the deposits ran dry, and the mining industry died within a decade.[2] The town only recovered several decades later with the founding of the Maiden's Wish casino.

Kaylie, daughter of Scanlan Shorthalt and Sybil, was hardened by the experience of growing up in Kymal.[22]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]

After the Chroma Conclave attacked Tal'Dorei in the beginning of Arc 3, refugees from Westruun sought shelter, food, and aid in Kymal. Some, including Elowen Brist and her son Simon, were turned away because Kymal was unable to accommodate so many refugees.[23]

Anna Ripley found Kynan Leore in Kymal; she persuaded him to join her in the search of the Vestiges of the Divergence after telling him that it was Vox Machina that was responsible for the attack on Emon.[24]

When Scanlan died in "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83), Vex'ahlia teleported to Kymal to get Kaylie in order to bring her back to Whitestone.[25][26]

By 812 PD, the Myriad had gained a foothold in Kymal,[27] and was engaged in a proxy war against the Clasp there.[2]

Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[]

Technically, Khavasta "Prudence" Almiji was the main authority in Kymal, starting around 806 PD, but was appointed as margrave only in or just before 836 PD, replacing Jaktur Krishtan. As acting margrave and the commander of Kymal's Public Defense, Prudence has considerably reduced the visibility of gang violence in the city (though it still occurs in secret).[15]

"Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) and "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02)[]

In 843 PD the Nameless Ones, a criminal organization that usually worked in Emon, moved 1400 of their members (including Poska) to Kymal, managing to double their numbers in a very short time by preventing people from leaving the city and forcing them to join the organization. Several agents of the criminal organization interacted with the Crown Keepers while they were doing a heist, but were unable to stop the adventurers, even though Poska wanted to trap them.

Trivia[]

  • Matthew Mercer and Aimee Carrero agreed that Kymal would be the Exandrian equivalent of Atlantic City, Reno, or Vegas.[28] Later, Matt called the city "straight up Amsterdam".[29]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 84.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 54.
  3. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 53.
  4. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 82.
  5. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 0:11:42.
  6. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:28:53.
  7. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 123.
  8. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 83. The unaccounted-for population "growth" may be a retcon.
  9. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 28.
  10. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 26.
  11. Kaylie says she was "the only tiny, female fair folk".  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) at 1:22:01.  The only small fair folk are forest gnomes, who are believed to have come from the Feywild.
  12. See "A Haunted Past" (3x63) at 3:35:58.
  13. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 0:47:24.
  14. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:04:07.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, pp. 83–84.
  16. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 1" (E2x01) at 1:31:30.
  17. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 33.
  18. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 37.
  19. See "Hope" (1x56) at 3:14:48.
  20. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 83.
  21. See "Exandria Unlimited: Kymal, Part 2" (E2x02) at 1:14:16.
  22. Kaylie shared her backstory and heritage with Scanlan.  See "Echoes of the Past" (1x38) from 1:18:55 through 1:31:03.
  23. See "Into the Frostweald" (1x48) at 30:19.
  24. See "Passed Through Fire" (1x69) at 12:29.
  25. Keyleth scries on Kaylie to find out where she is.  See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 3:53:05.
  26. Eskil Ryndarien teleports Vex to Kymal, where she persuades Kaylie to return to Whitestone for the ritual.  See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) from 4:05:54 through 4:15:06.
  27. See Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 38.
  28. See "4-Sided Dive: A Very Special Six-Sided Dive" (4SDx14) at 0:23:05.
  29. See "4-Sided Dive: Anxiety Game Gauntlet" (4SDx18) at 0:46:50.

Art:

  1. Official map of Kymal and the surrounding areas, by Andy Law from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
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