Altaruk is the largest city in the Tyr Region that isn’t ruled by a Sorcerer-King. It was originally founded by Balican merchant houses Tomblador, Wavir and Rees and as such has always had close financial and political ties to Balic. The city is jointly ruled by these merchant houses as well as by Governer Arisphistaneles.
Altaruk has chosen to remain neutral to the current upheaval in the Tyr Region, despite its ties to Balic. As the party has found out, Altaruk is the home to the largest and most influential cell of The Veiled Alliance, lead by the Governer himself.