Monday, March 13, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #72

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #72 

Mar 13th, 2023 

  • Number: 72 

  • Name: Haldwen’s Folly Blind Aka Four Hands Ranch 

  • Location: On the Noldrune/Taodeas border 

  • Population (approx.): 12 to 20 

  • Brief: The Noldrune Scouting Service (NSS, #71), as directed by House Claid, established locations along borders with places of interest known as “Blinds” (also called “Mirrors” by some). A Blind maintains the fa├žade of being part of the local landscape (a settlement, manor or farm for example) but serves as an NSS forward base, home to a variable number of specialists whose skill set depends on the location and the target. Haldwen’s Folly Blind presents itself as the Four Hands Ranch in the pass between the two City-States. The “ranch hands” include outriders who keep watch on the highway traffic. Several rangers also keep an on the "illegal” logging along Fanlau River (#40) specifically in case Taodeas decides to take action against the Noldrune woodsmen. 

  • Geography: Haldwen’s Folly Blind is close to if not on the border between Noldrune and Taodeas, several miles north of the late Lord Haldwen’s now ruined manor house. The Blind is a ranch with a main house, several barns and smaller outbuildings surrounded by a number of fenced pastures. The ranch is functional and maintains about a thousand head of cattle, plus sheep, goats, and chickens. The Blind’s next project, as directed by the NSS, is to establish a relationship with the Four Dwarves Clans of the Lanu Maug (#4 and #53) and determine their loyalty, if any, to Taodeas. 

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