Though the Arcane Tower has existed at the current location of New Allence for centuries, the town of New Allence which has grown up around it has only existed since the orcs poured down out of the Frozen Wastes forty years ago. Narah d’Allence, father of the current Overlord, formed a partnership with Dean Yalandara of the Arcane Tower: the Arcane Tower would allow the refugees from the north to settle around the Tower and in return d’Allence would protect the Arcane Tower and keep bandits and such from interfering with the Arcane Tower’s research. The d’Allence family has kept up their end of the bargain, so the mages of the Tower are more than willing to use their abilities to support the regime. In particular, Dean Yalandara and the lesser diviners working under her keep a close watch on both the city itself and the surrounding countryside. This lends a certain “big brother is watching you” aura to the city: malefactors never know if they are being watched. As a result, the town’s residents tend to be somewhat tight-lipped, especially around outsiders. Crime, especially violent crime, is almost unheard of because the punishments are strict (though applied with scrupulous fairness), and there is all too great a chance of getting caught. New Allence’s lawful nature, strategic location, and the widespread fame of the crafting specialists at the Arcane Tower combine to give it one of the strongest economies in the entire Kingdom of Kassht. The large Center Market, located upon the low ground between the two hills at the center of New Allence, contains goods from around the world. The cosmopolitan nature of New Allence extends to its libraries. There are a number of free libraries open to the public, as well as a number of more exclusive libraries.