Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #88

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #88 

Mar 29th, 2023 

  • Number: 88 

  • Name: Baywardens’ Spire 

  • Location: Westernmost point of Taodeas on Taop Bay 

  • Population (approx.): 200 (support staff and residents) and up to 300 sailors at any time. 

  • Brief: Taodeas has two coasts, the west on Taop Bay and the east on the great ocean. Thus, the UTF formed two different navies with different mandates and modes of operation. The Baywardens of the west serve to patrol the shallow waters, protecting local fishing fleets and merchant ships from pirates of the oceans, raiders of Lost Ta’arna to the west (such as at Reaver’s Rock (#22)) and the seaborne aberrations that manifest out of the Wastelands to the south. The Baywardens’ fleet, operating out of the harbor below the Spire, is composed of 2 dozen vessels led by their flagship, the Baymistress. The crews are mostly halfling and human, well trained and boasting possibly the highest morale of the City-State (perhaps it is the rum?). 

  • Geography: Baywardens’ Spire was originally a tall lighthouse aiding all travel upon Taop Bay. The Ta’arnan’s reinforced the spire and added seeing lenses for tracking ships on the waters. A nearby small fishing village has been slowly integrated into the base, providing resources, supplemental housing and over the years, no small number of recruits. The Ta’arnans built, and the Taodeans reinforced a pair of breakwaters between the settlement and the spire to create the harbor for the fleet. It features two large dry docks, warehouses, workshops and piers capable of docking most of the fleet. 

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