Monday, January 9, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #9

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States 

Jan 9th 2023 

  • Number: 9 

  • Name: Pearl City 

  • Location: Southwest corner of Ceannar along the Pearl Bay 

  • Population (approx.): 3,400 

  • Brief:  Home to one of the wealthiest Peoples of Ceannar, the Penin, Pearl City, named for its primary export of Pearls, carefully mined from sites throughout the Pearl Bay, has slowly grown from a small fishing village to town to a city built on and around an arc of tall limestone karst formations. Pearl City and the Penin have remained carefully insulated from past depredations of the Ta’arnan Empire by their wealth (frequently bribing any and all who might oppose or harm them) and carefully compartmented knowledge of the methods to find the precious pearls in the waters to the south. (There is definitely magic involved as the waters do not easily surrender their riches.) 

  • Geography: Southwest Ceannar features a large triangular body of water, Red Water Bay, isolated from the oceans further south by a line of islands. Northeast of Red Water Bay is a second circular inlet, Pearl Bay, surrounded by rows of limestone karst jutting from the waters and shores. The locals, both Kin and animal, frequently make their homes on top of or within the rocky spires which are typically 150 to 300 feet tall and narrow.  Pearl City occupies a half-dozen adjacent towers, surrounded by a curtain wall from the water’s edge, upper levels connected by a variety of stone and wooden bridges. Stone from the interior has been used over the years to build up structures on the peaks and at ground level. 

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