The Celestine Wharf
Upstream from the mouth of Drusus’ Flow is a stagnant side spur sluggishly flowing through the city’s notorious District XIII. The spur was long ago shaped and constrained into a dead-end canal for unloading river barges. This strip of foulfilmed water is shadowed by the close press of warehouses, from which loading spars spill their rusting chains to water at high tide. It is said that when it was built, the merchants commissioned a statue of the blessed Saint Celestine by the finest craftsman and sunk it to the depths of the canal so that she could watch over the waters and bring them fortune.
The dock is long unused, and its bays are crammed with rusted cargo barges, whilst its warehouses are the haunts of dregs and gangs. Riddled with connections to the half-flooded sewage system beneath the city and canals, the Undertow may pass here unseen, and many warehouses surrounding the docks are utterly in their control. Various Rag-kings use them as places to store contraband or host illegal slave fights and beast games. The dock waters are a notorious place to be ‘sent to meet the saint” by weighting one’s feet and throwing them alive into the waters.
The statue itself is enormous, pitted and overgrown with algae. However, its shape is still faintly discernible. Its position (lying in the channel just off the docks and wharfs) means that most traffic over the dock passes over the statue. It is considered fortunate to gain “the blessings of the Saint” by taking this route.