The Widow Harun
Axum is a tiny ‘trade town’, really just a village, in the south of Gezer, northwest of Addis in the fief ruled by Adam of Gezer. The town is a few dozen round huts clustered around several mud-brick buildings occupying a sun-drenched hilltop in the high plateau. The only structure of note here is the tiny chapel, which is also the only building made of stone, and has room for several wounded people to recuperate. Only a few of the Ge’ez live here, but they are joined by a steady stream of pilgrims. In particular, Axum is regarded as a holy site for Gezerite women. Axum has small-time merchants capable of getting what adventurers may need, but its reason for being is the surrounding coffee plantations, which are vast and lucrative. The beans are stored here in huge stone cellars accessible by trapdoors before being weighed and packed for transport to Nazret, second city of Gezer, where there are caravan brokers who buy them for trade elsewhere in Faerun. Axum itself is too small to welcome so many wealthy merchants, while the capital, Gondar, is closed to foreigners, leaving Nazret the logical choice.