Delta City Drifters
After Caris Island, the Slate breaks up into a myriad of narrow channels. This forms a tightly-clustered archipelago, and it is the poorest neighbourhood in the city. Because of their shallow depth and cramped, meandering waterways, the Narrows—also called Drowntown—are not suited to shipping. Thus deprived of their logical function, they’ve become a sort of grease trap for the city. Anything that gets pushed out of the wealthier districts eventually washes down to the Narrows. Many buildings are simply abandoned, half-heartedly boarded up before the homeless break into them and set up communities of squatters. The few businesses that persist are either shady or illegal, most notably smuggling—for the same attributes that make it a poor prospect for shipping make the Narrows a perfect haven for small, discreet smugglers’ vessels.