Ul'dah - Steps of Thal
Ul'dah - Steps of Thal
Whereas the Steps of Nald curve around Ul'dah's western walls, the Steps of Thal curve around the eastern side of the city. At the center stands the Royal Palace, seat of the sultana, topped with a glorious bronze dome that gleams so brightly in the sun that is can be seen from many malms away.
— In-game description
Ul'dah - Steps of Thal is a zone in Thanalan. The Hustings Strip is the upstairs level of the Steps of Thal. It may be accessed by either an eastern or western staircase on opposite sides of the Gold Court.
|Area||Points of Interest|
|Ul'dah - Steps of Thal||
|The Hustings Strip|
Shops & Services
|Merchant Name||Merchant Location|
|Calamity Salvager (Ul'dah)||(X:12.6, Y:13.1)|
|Collectable Appraiser (Ul'dah - Steps of Thal)||(X:14.2, Y:10.8)|
|Jealous Juggernaut||(X:13.9, Y:11)|
|Maudlin Latool Ja||(X:12.5, Y:13)|
|Recompense Officer (Ul'dah)||(X:12.6, Y:13.1)|
|Scrip Exchange (Ul'dah)||(X:14.2, Y:10.8)|
|Wayward Gaheel Ja||(X:12.5, Y:12.9)|
Whereas the Steps of Nald curve around Ul'dah's western walls, the Steps of Thal curve around the eastern side of the city. At the center stands the Royal Palace, seat of the sultana, topped with a glorious bronze dome that gleams so brightly in the sun that it can be seen from many malms away.
The Gate Of Thal
One of Ul'dah's main entrances, the Gate of Thal's name honors the patron deity of the city. Caravans pass often through its doors, delivering goods to the Sapphire Avenue Exchange.
The Sapphire Avenue Exchange
This marketplace is responsible for Ul'dah's fame as a city of merchants. The wares sold here are said to come not just from Eorzea, but from the northern and southern seas, and even from the lands to the east.
Pearl Lane is lined with the shuttered offices and storerooms of traders who do business in the Sapphire Avenue Exchange. Due to the many refugees who work as porters, the area is known as one of the more dangerous parts of the city-though this reputation itself may be suspect.
A sacred temple of Nald, in the recent past, Milvaneth Sacrarium was visited by many devout followers, the majority of whom were merchants praying for wealth in this life, and success in their endeavors. Now, only a chosen few may enter its halls at will, as the temple undergoes repair from the Calamity.
The Gold Court
A large atrium in the heart of Ul'dah, the Gold Court's opulence and scale make it a popular meeting place for the city's elite. The plaza was once reserved for the sultan's private balls, but has since been opened to the public due to a lack of funds to maintain the majestic hanging fountain at her center.
Onyx Lane is aptly named, as it leads to the main offices of Amajina & Sons and the Miners' Guild. Accordingly, a number of bemuscled miners can always be found close by.
Amajina & Sons Mineral Concern
Mistress Amajina, the proprietress of a tavern, founded the Concern during the Mad Mythril Rush some century and a half ago. At present, the company controls the main mines in Thanalan, and has grown large and wealthy enough to afford a standing force of sellswords known as the Stone Torches.
Known throughout the realm for its jewelry, Eshtaime's Aesthetics carries everything from the newest and most fashionable of styles to classic pieces from ages past. They will also take commissions, and craft whatsoever a client desires...for a price.
In the Coliseum, spectators are driven to a frenzy by bloody competitions ranging from single combat betwixt gladiators, to bouts pitting ill-equipped prisoners against terrifying beasts from exotic lands. Illegal gambling on the outcome of matches is a favorite Ul'dahn pastime, as well as the city's worst-kept secret.
The Royal Promenade
During times when the sultan had sole rule over the city-state, the Promenade would serve as an ersatz waiting chamber for those petitioners who sought audience with His Resplendence in the Fragrant Chamber. Now, with power in the hands of the Syndicate, the round is empty, save for the occasional tryst betwixt young nobles.
This wide corridor leads to Frondale's Phrontistery-the institution itself built upon property purchased from the Sultansworn. It is not lost on those who tread these halls that a place once reserved for soldiers trained to kill is now home to those studying the arts of healing.
Though Frondale's Phrontistery began as means of training palace physicians, it has since grown to house seven different faculties of medicine, ranging from the traditional to the alchemical and beyond. The Phrontistery also operates an infirmary, though the care it offers is a luxury only the wealthiest can afford. 
- Encyclopaedia Eorzea: Volume I, page 139