Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #101

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #101 

April 11th, 2023 

  • Number: 101 

  • Name: The Rolling Green 

  • Location: The grasslands between the Afale Maug and Ulu Maug ranges west of the Citadel 

  • Population (approx.): 1? 

  • Brief: There is a stretch of bright green grasslands between the hills of the Wastelands. It is unremarkable and mostly flat except for a single hillock about 5 m and 50 m across. Despite the peaceful appearance, the few locals, if you can convince them to speak to you, warn you to stay on the rough, rocky and patchy outskirts of the grasslands or if you must move through the center, do it quietly and quickly. Do not pause or tarry and never ever sleep there. The rumors tell of something few have seen and lived to relate, The Rolling Green. That singular hillock is never where it was last said to be for it, or more precisely some large something under it, moves with distressing speed across the meadows. Anything it encounters simply silently (but for the screaming) vanishes into the grassy surface of the hillock never to be seen again. Another rumor relates that if one digs through the turf, perhaps a meter below the surface, there is layer upon layer of bones, metal, scraps of wood and fabric, all crazed with markings like ceramic glaze. Some unknown ancient druid or flora-aspected animist was responsible for and perhaps the first victim of this singular aberration. 

  • Geography: The Rolling Green is thought to prowl an area of plains about 50 miles north to south and 20-25 miles west to east between the Afale Maug and Ulu Maug mountains, about 60 miles north of west from the Citadel of the Five Passages of Night (#34). Locals, due to rumor, story or unfortunate real-life experience, keep to the foothills of both ranges, avoiding the verdant plains in between. 

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