In the Shadow of the Tyrant
The Aegis Vault
A massive edifice located at the very center of the capitol, the Aegis Vault acts as a combination bank, city hall, and temple for the citizens of Freystadt. Services to Abadar and, more recently, to the Shieldmaiden [[Freya], are carried out here on a daily basis, and all facets of day-to-day administration of the city begin and end within its walls. The current Archbanker, and high priestess of Abadar, is Renate Constantine, an austere, Dwarven woman.
From the outside, the Aegis Vault appears to be nothing so much as a cyclopean white lock affixed to a solid, brick-shaped building set at the base of the Lord General’s fortress at the center of Freystadt. The gilded shapes of keys adorn it on each side, and on each side of the ponderous keyhole hangs a flag bearing the heraldry of the kingdom, a gray wyvern encircled by a ring of gold. Flanking the lock are two huge double doors at the top of a steep, straight, staircase, the individual steps well-worn from years of foot traffic to and from the massive building.