Saturday, March 11, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #70

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #70 

Mar 11th 2023 

  • Number: 70 

  • Name: Danthas Crossings 

  • Location: South bank of the Danthas River west of Canyonview (#55) 

  • Population (approx.): 1,500 (Danthas Crossings on the south bank) and 1,000 (Northside on the north bank) 

  • Brief: The structures at Danthas Crossings, especially those carved into the cliffs overlooking the river, date back to the earliest settlements of the Kin on the continent. As time passed, the settlement expanded throughout the cliffside including topside buildings. And eventually the inhabitants sought to reach the north bank of the river. This led to numerous “crossings” spanning the gap, from simple wood and rope bridges to more complex gondolas and cable car systems for passengers and cargo. And for the brave, one way “zip lines” allow a single person to zip from the heights of the Crossings to the north bank below. Danthas Crossings has managed to avoid most of the turmoil of recent centuries and the locals maintain cordial relations with the neighboring settlement of Northside on the north bank, now part of the City-State of Taodeas. 

  • Geography: The Danthas River on its easterly course, cuts through the foothills of the Ulu Maug mountains to the west, forming the cliffs overlooking the river at the Crossings. Similar cliffs, carved from the Tuton Maug range, rise to the east on the north bank (see Canyonview #55). The original village was carved into the cliffs, perhaps by expanding natural openings or caves. Tunnels inside and narrow staircases, on the cliff face, connect the several levels and the surface above. A highway, beginning further west, connects Danthas Crossings to other towns along the Danthas River. The numerous bridges and cables connect the town to Northside, the lower north bank and the Taodean roads. 

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