Paratus is a city of Mal’tara , located on the northern border near Fleid and Beranok and is governed by the Consortium a body of guilds, merchants, bankers, minor nobility, and others of wealth and influence. The city is highly organized and regulated, heavily policed, and until recently was very wealthy. The Beranok Civil war, The Blight spreading from the ruins of Lerwein, the break in the Canal system from Renostrus to Paratus, and the other results of The Great War have left the city and its people destitute.
Now the cities guild-houses, forges, and docks lie in disuse, the raw materials floating down the rivers from Fleid and Beranok have slowed to a trickle, and the goods shipped along to Sestrus are a rare sight. The most common export from Paratus now are the refugees fleeing along the Canal to Sestrus.