Being a major port city, goods from all over the empire may be sampled here. Midtown Syflanis is one grand bazaar, where food, drink and drug of all variety can be found in the markets, stalls and taverns. One of the taverns of some renown, Bartland Brothers, has in a wooden display case behind the bar what may be the only publicly available commercial bottle of Shuul. Drafts from the bottle are expensive, infrequent and often disappointing (it has been said). No one who has sampled it has ever reported anything beyond its strong and unpleasant taste. Whether the bottle is real or not is subject of numerous urban legends throughout the city.
Uptown is the oldest quarter of Inner Syflanis. The southern boundary of the quarter is still marked by the old city wall. The seaward wall and a large portion of the southern section were removed as the city grew southward. After it became apparent that Syflanis would likely never face martial threat, plans for a wall that would completely encircle the city were abandoned; the newer walls along the lower quarters are often unmanned and largely for show.
Uptown is home to the old city hall (which has become disused since the new one was built in the lower city), a number of multi-family units, serving the families of sailors, dock & construction workers, and the old Syflanis keep, which has been repurposed into a prison for undesirables throughout Gatlia. Though Guard Captain Kaern has kept the peace by cracking down on petty crime with great severity, criminal networks are said to have sprung up in the poor sections of Uptown, and a neighborhood code of silence has protected those at its core.
People come from far and wide to visit Syflanis’s Temple of Water. The Temple, which is found in the West Downtown quarter, is large, shallow lake with a tiny island at its center. On that island grows a single giant tree. The lake is man-made, and it is said that the first Duke of Gatlia had it dug to protect the tree, which was beloved to him.
Today, couples pay boatman a coin that they may take their luncheon upon the lake under the shade of the great tree. Dining upon the island itself, while not forbidden, is frowned upon as low-class.
No botanist has been able to say with certainty what species the tree is, as no other tree like it has ever been identified in all the empire.