The Zhentarim Expedition
Ardstowne is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. and is already so large that it had to become called a city-state. It is ever expanding. Ardstowne was originally founded by are trio of clans; a dwarf clan, a halfling clan, and a gnome clan. These three saw strength in one another’s skills.
The Gnomes bring their technology to the table, using it to ever invent newer more complicated machinations to better the city and help it grow. Their technology is what the city is mostly founded upon. It provides the cities defenses, from the mechanically driven ever expanding wall which can continue spreading as long as it is fed raw materials, to the automatic reloading and firing anti-siege weapons. The gnomes are city’s mind.
The dwarves provide another important ability to the consortium, and that would be the best skills of forging and mining. The dwarves expand the city downward by mining massing cavern systems. The dwarves also forge the machines the gnomes design that are to big for the gnomes to handle, along with creating weapons and armor for the masses of the city. The dwarves are the city’s hands
The halflings deal with the bureaucratic, financial and cultural outlet of the city. They handle the markets. Watch over the businesses, and provide relations with the people. The halflings use their diplomatic skills to deal with agreements with other cities and help establish trade routes to facilitate the financial and cultural growth of the city. They are the city’s heart.