There is no well established way to begin a tale. Most start at the beginning. Some start in the middle, and a very few start at the end. For Armos, his story began with the shipyards of Barakat. Barakat was an old, dark city, criss-crossed by alleyways and bridges, built on top of a delta. Three main waterways streamed through the city, crossing and splitting; embodying the chaotic nature of the city. Despite it's flaws, it's location made Barakat an important centre of trade.