The town has never prospered as much as with the Mayor Imbrius. Since there’s not a central government out here, lawlessness and anarchy would rule the day, but Mayor Imbrius instituted a lot of reforms and laws (some unpopular). He ensured the captain of the watchmen (Omer) was someone who couldn’t be bought and grew the watchmen into a force recognized by the city. He also raised taxes by 400% (from almost non-existent) and at times used his power to make himself rich and secure his power.
There are rumors he was going to raise taxes even more to grow the watchmen into more of an army to secure the city and open a sewer/aqueduct system to help the town grow. This was opposed by several people including Laucios (the priest of the Temple of Ares), Luke (the master of the Arena), and Lyle (the owner of the town gambling hall).
The mayor was killed in his sleep without any guards noticing anything. In addition to slashing wounds, he was killed by a poison that’s a rare distilled poison from a fey-touched creature known as a wyvern. It’s very expensive and hard to come by.