The Paper District
The Paper District is the location of the fairly sprawling University of Shard, a complex of libraries, museums, laboratories both magical and alchemical, classrooms and housing for students and faculty. The Paper District takes its name from the many thousands of volumes of text that are housed at the University, and for the amount of new work produced by the scholars that toil in this section of town.
The Paper District is generally in the northwestern section of Shard, near to the Lord’s Keep. The University itself is located closest to the Keep, a reminder of the collaboration between the Archmagus of the University and the Lord of Shard. This part of Shard is the center of the knowledge industry, and the rest of the district beyond the university tends to consist of housing for students and faculty at the University, along with some accounting houses, booksellers and dealers in magical items. Though there certainly are some fairly wealthy individuals that live near to the University, particularly the High Wizards, the the vast majority of scholars live fairly spartan lives. Despite this, or perhaps because of the generally poor pickings, the Paper District does not see much crime as most thieves and brigands know that the scholars don’t have a lot of money, and some of them possess magic that make them a lot more formidable than a paper-pusher has any right to be.