Tostlin was the youngest of the Five Cities, and the last to fall to the Demonruck. Founded as a seaport in the waning decades of the empire of Nerath, Tostlin managed to survive the empire’s fall with the aid of the other signatories of the Five Cities, particularly Archport. Although Tostlin’s population was largely human and halfling, the city’s population became significantly more cosmopolitan in the final years before its destruction as refugees from Archport, Bastillia, Eolia and Runedar sought safety behind its walls. Due in part to its relatively short history, no particular class was strongly associated with Tostlin; the population was widely regarded as having an uncommonly wide variety of skills. The main temples in Tostlin revered Avandra and Erathis, but the city’s multicultural nature left room for shrines to many of the other gods.
From the time of its founding, Tostlin was governed by a High Captain, and each of the High Captains was a member of the Fodal family. The Fodals were widely (and justly) regarded as competent and even-handed leaders, but their expertise was guiding a prosperous city in a time of peace, and they were ill-trained to handle the task of overseeing a city teeming with desperate refugees with an advancing horde of fiends moving steadily closer. Jardin Fodal, the last High Captain of Tostlin, was a man whose desire to do good was strong, but whose ability to enact that good was sorely lacking. In his attempt to aid in the defense of Archport, he directed vast quantities of resources towards defending the neighboring city, which left Tostlin with insufficient supplies for the oversea evacuation of all of its inhabitants. The resulting fiasco turned public opinion against the Fodal line, and their influence is much reduced amongst the survivors of Tostlin’s fall. High Captain Jardin Fodal, to his credit, stayed behind with a small force to cover the escape of the last refugee ships to depart from Tostlin. He and his men were slaughtered when the Demonruck took the city.