North of the city core is the Docks neighborhood, dominated by the now-defunct Wesley Shipyards. Roughly half of Dortin’s docks are old, crumbling stone ruins from the city’s past, but the remainder have been colonized by the prominent families to serve their own shipping interests, and two have been renovated as scenic boardwalks. There are a few shops, but most buildings in the docks are warehouses and storage facilities.
The Docks is Dortin’s livelihood, despite its rundown conditions. The grain imports and food exports that are moved here are both crucial, and maritime trade is effectively Dortin’s only source of foreign goods. This situation has been in effect since the end of the Northern War, when overland trade routes became so badly plagued by bandits and monsters that the three riverine cities of The Empire That Was communicated almost exclusively by water. Today, the docks are mostly ruined, with the largest and oldest breakwaters in the worst condition. Those docks that now operate are either restored Imperial facilities or relatively new, much smaller docks constructed by a family. These areas are dominated by warehouses, customhouses and processing facilities, serving both the domestic fishing industry and the city’s numerous importers and exporters, most of them affiliated with the families. Dominating the neighborhood, however, are the defunct Wesley Shipyards, an area of cavernous, crumbling dry docks inhabited by half-built hulks and ancient machinery, decaying dangerously. Elsewhere, there are few older buildings remaining here, since the whole area was heavily sacked during the city’s maritime conflicts, the most lethal of which was the Northern War. Most facilities are now wooden, relatively well-built but not handsome. Streets are broad (20’) and flat to accommodate the carts and machinery, even when the surroundings are ruined, but there is no lighting except on the piers themselves.