The Obsidian Saga
A wild, rambunctious town, the Crossroads is a haven for bandits, thieves and cutthroats. It's also the most heavily trafficked trade town in all of Aern. Kept passably safe by the vigilant and terrifying Lady of Pain, one can find almost anything here. It doesn't have it's own source of water, but the wealth generated by taxes is enough to keep the city's reserves stocked full.
The Crossroads is the only town that hosts the more nefarious crowd. Rival gangs keep the peace on threat of destruction by the Lady of Pain, but that doesn't prevent nightly barfights and regular deaths. However, as long as the fights are limited to just a handful of individuals, those gangs are allowed to remain in town. The few gangs that started actual wars within the limits of the Crossroads met horrific ends—their leaders were skinned alive and impaled on long poles as a warning to those who would break the few rules of Crossroads.