Mostly populated by Halflings, Cliffside was once the capital city of an appropriately small country. When Akheta came, they enslaved the Halflings and dismantled most of their settlements, keeping Cliffside intact for use as a valuable shipping port. As a matter of fact, Cliffside is the most valuable shipping port for the Akhetan military, as they use the preserved food shipped from up North to feed their army fighting the Elven war.
Years ago, a successful Halfling rebellion took Cliffside back. The empire, however, could not give the port up, and, charging in, brutally put the Halflings down. Now, living conditions are worse than before.
Cliffside is noted for its distinct building style, a feat of Halfling ingenuity. The city proper exists on the edge of a sea-cliff, and a myriad of tunnels containing Halfling settlements are dug into its side. Rocks and Mesas stand up, and aboveground settlements are built on them as well. Webs of bridges connect the tunnels and the outside buildings, and everything stays far above the ships that find the immense amount of dockspace convenient.