Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #86
Mar 27th, 2023
Name: Orchunters’ Lodge
Location: Western slopes of the Lanu Maug
Population (approx.): 200 (support staff) and up to 1000 warriors at any time.
Brief: Like the Matui Riverwardens (#51), the Orchunters (once known as the Lanu Hillwardens, but they use their preferred sobriquet) take their charge, protection of the “eastern flank” of western Taodeas from the Grey Skull Orcs of the hills (#52), very very seriously. To that end, a strong presence was established in the foothills where the Orchunters congregate, share intelligence, are dispatched on missions and train the next generation of Hillwardens. They are led by a rather stocky halfling (some suggest there’s human blood in his family but not to his face) known as Maikkuku Bob. His is a rather silent fellow who, it is rumored, can turn to solid stone when not moving. He, and his brethren senior warriors, teach the very best they can recruit in the skills of seeking, stalking and slaying Orcs and any others who threaten the west. The Orchunters and Riverwardens enjoy a friendly rivalry which leads to competitive encounters where the Matui River enters the foothills of the Lanu Maug.
Geography: Orchunter’s Lodge can be found on the western slopes of the Lanu Maug about 75-80 miles (120 km) inland, about 30 miles south of Orcwatch Spire (#53) and 10-15 miles from the estimated borders of Grey Skull Orc territory. The Lodge is a large hillfort surrounded by a dry moat, palisade and stone-faced earthen walls. Within thick-walled almost halfling hole like buildings used as meeting rooms, dormitories, storage, mess hall, officer’s quarters and the like. The Lodge keeps a small stable of horses to run messages to the Dwarves to the north and to the two other Hillwarden Lodges to the south (each about a day’s travel apart).
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