Dove's Baldur's Gate Campaign
The Wide is the city’s only large civic space and serves as its market. By law, all buying and selling in the city not completed in a licensed and taxed establishment must be done in the Wide. Sellers at the daily market set up their tables, accoutrements, and wares just after dawn. At dusk, the Watch clears the streets of visitors and vendors. Decorum and order hold sway; street music and noisy activities are prohibited. This rule does not pertain on days when the dukes declare that the Wide be used for civic purposes and traditional market holidays, such as Highharvestide. At these times, vendors suited to the festivities set up on the Wide’s fringes while the area’s central expanse is given over to dances, contests, and games. Most nights, the Wide is an empty space whose perimeter (and only that much) is illuminated by light from the buildings that ring it. A patriar sometimes schedules the space for an evening social event, such as a concert, a grand ball, or a wedding.