Thursday, March 23, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #82

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #82 

Mar 23rd, 2023 

  • Number: 82 

  • Name: The Slagfields 

  • Location: About 40 miles southeast of the Gnarlwylde (#81) along the Gata Tele Ley Line 

  • Population (approx.): 150 (Dwarves) and perhaps 100 others 

  • Brief: The Gata Tele Ley Line, under the surface since the Gnarlwylde, reemerges in the southwestern spur of the Flattop Hills. Centuries ago, the exit point, through the body of a mesa, was occupied by a splinter faction of Six Gods, worshipping a Mask (whose name is lost to time but a symbol of a firey stone fist remains) with aspects of Earth and Fire.   They carved, built and summoned a fortified cathedral on the hilltop, surrounded by towers and walls. At some point later, during the Empire’s turbulent history, other factions of the Six gathered a small army and laid siege to the mesa. A magical conflagration ensued, no doubt fed by Gata Tele, leveling most of the cathedral and marking the mesa with smoking craters and cracks opening to the depths. The site was abandoned until about 80 years ago a small number of Dwarves arrived, occupied a partially collapsed tower and began mining the mesa. SInce then, other prospectors and explorers have come and gone. 

  • Geography: The Slagfields can be found in south Ceannar, in the southwest spur of the Flattop Hills, several days hard travel through the rough terrain from Overlook (#8). The mesa covers several square miles, the entire top is an irregular surface of broken and cracked rock, blackened and ash covered. The Dwarf-occupied tower sits on the western edge. Ruins line the outer perimeter. Faint orange and red lights can be seen in the deeper crevices and ravines. A haze of smoke covers the area sometimes making finding the mesa difficult. The Slagfields rumble and quiver with minor earthquakes perhaps due to currents of Gata Tele interacting with the rocks underneath. 

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