A ramshackle and wild place located just outside the entrance to the Kingdom of Throal, Bartertown was founded by those who wanted to avoid dwarf taxes and oversight. During the early days of the war, a fire leveled almost a quarter of the city, and many lives were lost. The damaged buildings were torn down and their materials used to construct new ones. Given the generally patchwork nature of construction in the city, it is hard to tell at this point what parts of Bartertown are the newer ones.
Despite multiple attempts on his life, Magistrate Clystone still sits at the top of Batertown's heap, keeping a semblance of order with the aid of his 'guardians'—a troop of heavily armed guards and tax collectors. While named to the position by Bartertown's Council of Merchants, Clystone has held the position through willpower and ruthlessness.