Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #54
Feb 23rd 2023
Location: Middle of the Taodean meadows between the Lanu Maug and Tuton Maug ranges, north of Blackstone Fortress
Population (approx.): 4,500
Brief: Crossroads, as it is suitably named, sits at the junction between the main trading routes from Noldrune to Taodeas and now, to a lesser extent, points further south. The site has featured settlements of various sizes over the past centuries and has been the scene of numerous battles between various factions, tribes, Kin and creatures. The Unified Tribes of Taodeas established a cavalry force, the Highway Patrol, to protect Crossroads and other settlements up to a day or two’s journey from the roads. They see the most action in the foothills of the Lanu Maug against the Gray Skull Orcs (#52) and to a lesser extent versus the more distant foes in the dark ravines of the larger Tuton Maug range. Crossroads hosts the headquarters of the Highway Patrol.
Geography: Crossroads is a sprawling town featuring more than a dozen wards surrounded by circular intersecting walls of wood and stone, the strongest toward the center of town and along the highways that exit the town to the north, southwest and southeast. The outer walls feature more than two dozen watchtowers and a dry moat which fills during the spring rains. The highways cross the moats on stone bridges, entering Crossroads via iron gates (a gift from the Dwarves of the Lanu Maug (#4 and #53).