Ardcarran in the Dry Towns

Darkover's Ruby Capital

Ardcarran in the Dry Towns is Darkover's Ruby Capital. Despite is reputation for sin and scandal, Ardcarran makes a major contribution to Darkover's economy in ways more significant that its houses of "entertainment".

Recent major discoveries of rubies in the mines of Ardcarran have brought unexpected wealth to the city which had once thrived solely on vice. The booming economy has raised the town's population to around 1,500.

However, Ardcarran's remoteness makes mining operations dangerous. Despite recent efforts, crime is also a problem in Ardcarran and tourists are strongly cautioned not to visit the city without armed body guards.

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