For the average person, life is fairly difficult. While housing is not exactly a problem since the original city populace abandoned Lasthold long ago and Masons magically repair and build apartments easily, a citizen spends much of his or her week securing food and water. Things are better than they were a decade ago, but even now sustenance is scarce. The treeplague makes it hard to clear land for farming so there is a shortage of grain and dairy. The wilderness outside the city is very hostile so hunting is very dangerous.