Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #68
Mar 9th 2023
Name: South Plains Tar
Location: South of the Afale Maug range in the central plains of the Wastelands
Population (approx.): 1,000-2,000 in surrounding settlements
Brief: A wide stretch of the plains is covered with pools of pitch, tar and oil oozing to the surface from deep underground. Natives of the area have collected surface deposits for centuries to refine and trade with others or for their own crafting and rituals. During the years of the Ta’arnan Empire, the South Plains Tar became the center of contention between the Churches of Earth and Fire who squabbled over control with competing claims of the origins of the resources. Numerous skirmishes were fought between Clerics and followers of either side, usually leaving the plains aflame and many combatants burned alive or drowned face down in black sticky death.
Geography: South Plains Tar is a somewhat circular stretch of flatlands about 50 miles (80 km) across comprised of inky black pools of oil pushing up through broken rock and earth. A small number of settlements, linked by trails to nearby trade routes, sit on the border of the Tar fields. Small now poor chapels to Earth and/or Fire can be found in the center of each. With the fall of the Ta’arnan Empire most organized trade collapsed and the remaining locals struggle to make a living.