Surrounded by a 15-foot wall gaurded by well-trained mercenaries. The mercenaries maintian a secure preimeter of a half-day's ride. All visitors must pay a security toll charge.
The town contains a Merchant Quarter with a small Elven Market on the outskirt of the quarter near the town gates, and an arena called Bloodsand Arena.
Rumors suggest that the giants of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue plan to attack the town.
Altaruk has been destroyed (usually by giants) and rebuilt multiple times over the years. Usually each rebuild starts with a small fortified outpost that gradually grows in size.
The most recent destruction occured 23 years before the fall of Kalak. The location of that settlement's ruins have been forgotten. People who remember it refer to is as Old Altaruk.
- Tellemon, captain of the gaurds in Altaruk from Adventure: Bloodsand Arena.
- Altaruk is a common starting location for campaigns especially during 4e Adventures. This is due to the proximity to Tyr the free city and that it is not controlled by a Sorcerer King. Featured in Bloodsands Arena and 4e Encounters.
Supplement: Dark Sun Campaign Setting.