Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #102

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #102 

April 12th, 2023 

  • Number: 102 

  • Name: Peacewalker Orphanage 

  • Location: East of the Ulu Maug in the hills along the Danthas River 

  • Population (approx.): 45 Kin + 1 special 

  • Brief: 30 years ago, the last desperate invasion of Taodeas by the remains of Ta’arnan Legions marched up through the Bloodsoaked Valley (#18). The soldiers were poorly equipped, the magicians low on skill and spells and their constructs were haphazardly assembled and animated. One of their few Plainswalkers, a large legged construct animated by some form of spirit bound within, went rogue and vanished into the Ulu Maug mountains. Several years later, a small group of orphans lost in the woods between the hills and the river, stumbled into what they thought was a plant-covered house on vine-enrobed legs that spoke to them with the voice of a child. The children and the “child” became fast friends. As the years passed, the children grew, some leaving as adults, others remaining and caring for other orphans they encountered in the ruins of the Wasteland. The caretakers found the “child,” once cleared of entangling foliage and after some minor carpentry, could walk! The orphanage and the inhabitants slowly wander the hills of Ulu Maug, paralleling the river, but staying clear of towns and villages filled with sometimes troublesome adults. 

  • Geography: The Peacewalker (a corruption of child-spirit's pronunciation of Plainswalker) Orphanage is a four-legged construct about 10m tall from feet to rooftop with a 12m wide base carrying a fighting platform converted into a multi-room dormitory. Smoke drifts from the chimney. Washing is hung to dry on lines from roof to railings about the base. Laughter rings from children at play. The Orphanage usually sits, legs folded underneath, in the woods, rope ladders from railings to the ground. Locals in Danthas Crossings (#70) to the east and south have heard rumor of the Peacewalker but have little interest in encountering it as a bard related a story of a grand stomping given to some bandits who attempted to take the vehicle for their own. 

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