Valesque is truly the “cultural district” of the King’s Peninsula. Many of the citizens of Valesque are quite wealthy despite the fact that the city makes very little money from trade or exporting services. The upper class supports the city with its wealth, forming a Plutocratic council of the wealthiest members of the city. Lady Vanessa Lissari is the official authority figure of the town, though often times her opinion falls by the wayside to those who speak with their coins.
Valesque Art Festival
Every year, in the fall, the city holds a large art exhibit. Musicians, painters, and artisans alike come from all over the Kingdom to view and participate in the festival. Valesque takes advantage of the event by offering an escort system to accompany travelers and ensure a safe trip to the festival. Additionally, the city taxes all sold artwork, acquiring a hefty bag of coin simply by holding the event.
The city is primarily humans and elves, as the two are quite inclined to appreciate the “finer arts”, although gnomes and halfling are quite prominent as well. Just as Valesque is home to many of the richest people in the Kingdom, it is also home to some of the poorest. The Gnome Slums are second only to Jatusol in quantity of lower class citizens. Although the Slums consist of mostly gnomes, halflings, half-orcs, half-elves, and other humans sleep in the dirt here as well. Anyone not living in the richer half of the city are treated like peasants and slaves, receiving little to no political representation and being taken advantage of for various whims of the richer members of Valesque.