Gristol is a hilly, cool island that is centrally located within the Isles, and is the imperial center of the Empire of the Isles.
The island of Gristol is home to six major cities: Baleton, Driscol, Dunwall, Potterstead, Redmoor, and Whitecliff. Gristol's massive capital city of Dunwall has become a bleak place due to the course of events leading up to the beginning of Dishonored, and serves as the primary locale for the game.
While the nation's economy was originally based in fishing and whaling, whale oil processing techniques invented by Esmond Roseburrow, and technological advancements pioneered by Anton Sokolov, gave rise to a fully-realized industrial revolution. Gristol is referred to as the "heart of industry" within the Isles, and several major production companies (such as Greaves Lightning Oil) are based there.
The island is notable for its wide hierarchical class divides, perhaps exacerbated by the rat plague. Institutions such as the Rudshore Financial District seemed to guarantee economic stability for regular citizens of Dunwall, but with the coming of the plague, divides between classes and cultures became much wider. The lower classes in Dunwall are notably pragmatic (and superstitious, according to a note by High Artificer Bartholomew, though the source may not be reliable), while the upper echelon, composed largely of hereditary nobility, seems to be based on a culture of excess. Whether these practices can be attributed to other cities within Gristol, or are unique to Dunwall, is unknown.
Additionally, the culture seems to espouse restrictive attitudes toward gender, sexuality, and religion; women are barred from certain occupations and homosexuality is regarded as taboo. In addition, adherence to the laws of the Abbey of the Everyman is widely enforced, and the Abbey itself was formed in Gristol during the Siege of White Cliff.
The people of Gristol also participate in the Fugue Feast.
The heart of the Empire, Gristol has historically managed to expand its influence over the Isles due to its powerful navy. It is often said that young boys coming of age often travel to Gristol in order to learn the art of naval combat. This notable strength has been further compounded in recent times through innovations in naval technology, particularly the designs of Anton Sokolov.
- Gristol is apparently based on countries of Western Europe, such as England (not all Britain), France, the Low Countries and Germany.