Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #53
Feb 22nd 2023
Name: Orcwatch Spire
Location: Southern end of the Dwarven-controlled portion of the Lanu Maug
Population (approx.): 400-500 (normal garrison) up to 1,500 (times of threat)
Brief: It is unknown whether the Four Dwarven Clans of the Lanu Maug settled the mountains before or after the Gray Skull Orcs to the southeast, but it matters little to the usually mortal enemies. Orcwatch Spire marks the southernmost point of the 4 Cantons of Dwarf claimed territory and contains a mix of physical and magical means to keep watch on their foes. The garrison is continually manned, their numbers divided equally over all four Clans with command rotating every 16 years. Despite the numbers present, the Dwarven Clan Lord of the southernmost Canton can usually be overhead complaining that his Clan faces the direst threat from the Orcs and despite assurances from the other 3 Lords, he is likely correct.
Geography: Orcwatch Spire is built into a large mountain with three peaks overlooking a wide-open canyon to the south. Numerous windows and balconies provide views of and firing angles towards most of the open area marking the northernmost land of the Gray Skulls. Thick reinforced battlement-topped walls connect adjacent peaks and ridges forming a 40-to-50-mile perimeter. Tunnels and underground avenues connect Orcwatch to nearby Clanholds providing rapid reinforcement as required.
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