Sunday, January 22, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #22

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #22 

Jan 22nd 2023 

  • Number: 22 

  • Name: Reaver’s Rock 

  • Location: Southern coast of the Narrows, west side of Taop Bay. 

  • Population (approx.): Varies but 200-400 when occupied 

  • Brief: As the Ta’arnan Empire dissolved into the four current City-States, most military sites, castles and bases, were taken over by the new local governments. But outside of the City-States numerous sites were simply abandoned. Reaver’s Rock was a substantial naval base on Taop Bay, whose vessels patrolled the bay and nearby ocean. Since the fall, the site has used by a variety of minor local lords as well as pirates and buccaneers over the centuries who have had varying levels of success until either dispersed by the City-States or dissolving due to internal issues or inertia. 

  • Geography: Now named Reaver’s Rock by the locals, the old naval base was built into a connected series of sea caves under a large cliff projecting into the bay. Tunnels and chambers ascend from the caves to a keep, lighthouse and fortifications on the surface. In its heyday the base could support a dozen large vessels and several thousand sailors and troops. The remains of settlements cover the slopes inland of the base. The current occupants, self-named Ghosts and commanded by Burne 'Ghostly' Thunder, number about a hundred (including hangers-on and non-sailors) manning two small sloops. So far their raids have yet to warrant a response from the Taodean Navy.  

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