This district lies directly north of the Old City, and it is a much more
mixed neighbourhood in the sense that people of all walks of life often mingle
in it streets. The quality of the buildings and the wealth of their inhabitants
range from the wealthy near the Old City to the poor closer to the Western
Ruins. The area is host to both luxurious estates and lowly homes.
The North Gate opens to a drawbridge that allows passage to and from the
mainland of Faerun. Travelers arriving to Phlan by land do so through this gate
and are greeted by the noise and mayhem from the Trading Post Bazaar, and the
eerie silence from the gallows in the Hanging Courtyard.
The most important landmark of Podol Plaza is without doubt Kuto's Well. This
is little more than a hole
in the ground which is said to have played some
important role in the history of Phlan and to give access to untold horrors that
lurk in the depths beneath the city. The truth is a detachment of watchmen keeps
guard at all times and prevents entrance to anyone without a written permit
issued by the Council, and most citizens who walk by look warily at the dried
well as if expecting something to leap at them from its yawning darkness.
Podol Plaza is a rather well guarded district with its own Watchhouse, as
required to protect the Bazaar's customers from petty thieves and the North Gate
from possible attackers. The area is, however, a bustling hive of activity for
criminals led by a group of thieves and small time brigands known collectively
as 'The Welcomers'. These felons are surprisingly well regarded by the populace
of the city and tolerated by the majority of citizens since they only target
foreigners and travelers stopping off to restock their supplies. Even the Watch
takes the approach of keeping them under control rather than trying to remove
them completely because of their popularity. They are however a thorn in the
Council's side since their activity is a deterrent for new settlers and
merchants to come to Phlan.