Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #59
Feb 28th 2023
Name: Loch Pitoloal (“Lake of Unknown Depth”)
Location: The Rift Valley of the Narrows between the Mines (#23) and Lake Loloto Pogisa
Population (approx.): None known
Brief: As time continues onward, the machines and dragons of the Underearth slowly stretch and tear the Narrows apart. The rifts appearing on the surface sometimes fill with rainwater forming shallow lakes. But Loch Pitoloal is different, for the rift began to fill with subterranean waters as soon as it was wrenched open during a great earthquake about a thousand years ago. The shores and surface of Loch Pitoloal are well known, and the fishing is fair but the catch sometimes unrecognizable. But below the surface is a mystery for anything sent to explore (automaton, summoned creature, spirit, remote viewing device or enchantment) simply fails to return to the surface. Sometime must be down there, locals declare, and it or them are taking great pains to keep themselves hidden from prying eyes.
Geography: Loch Pitoloal is about 25 miles long and at most about two and a half miles wide. There are several settlements along the shores, the locals preferring to fish from the water’s edge rather than using boats given the Loch’s odd properties.