Adrilankha is an important trading hub, and is the center of meat curing and shipping, due to the presence of slaughterhouses to the west of the city, combined with the excellent port facilities on the south edge of town.
Adrilankha is also the current location of the Imperial Palace, and thus the home of the Empress. Adrilankha was established as the Imperial City at the end of the Interregnum, or shortly thereafter, depending on how the Interregnum is defined.
From the sea, the city is traditionally said to resemble a bird in flight, with the high cliffs on either side of the city forming the "wings" of the bird. However, this changed during Adron's Disaster when the Orb was lost, and sorcery suddenly stopped functioning. The cliffs to the east of the city (a promontory known as Kieron's Watch) collapsed into the sea when the spells that were holding it in place stopped working.
The city was also the home of Vlad Taltos, who once managed territory in the city. Noish-pa also lived in Adrilankha (in the area where most Easterners live: South Adrilankha) until his shop was destroyed (Phoenix).
The city, being the Imperial Capital, is the largest city left in the Dragaeran Empire. As such, it contains a wide variety of different neighborhoods, from the opulent estates on the west side of town, to the Easterner's Ghetto in the southeast.
The Adrilankha River passes through the center of the city. A number of bridges cross the river at various points, including the Chain Bridge, the Stone Bridge the Wrecked Bridge, and the Five Mile Bridge.