Saturday, April 15, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #105

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #105 

April 15th, 2023 

  • Number: 105 

  • Name: Son of the Sun 

  • Location: A box canyon along the eastern slopes of the Afale Maug range 

  • Population (approx.): 80 (the tribe) and 1 (Güneşin Oğlu) 

  • Brief: Years ago, the precise date or time is unknown and not notable, a young Sun (Light) Dragon, Güneşin Oğlu (“Son of the Sun”), came to the Wastelands for reasons unknown beyond the joy of making items and collecting the offerings of his followers. He made himself a home in a box canyon in the Afale Maug. The Dragon encountered a wandering cleric of the God of Light. That priest believed Oğlu to be a mask, angel or demigod of the Light and began to worship him. The man returned to his nomadic tribe and convinced their leader to bring his people, about 80 folk and numerous horses, dogs and other animals, to the hills. In return Oğlu created them a home and then forged items for the tribe – blades and arrowheads of dragonglass and orbs that glowed in the dark and warned of intruders to their camp. The Dragon, through the priest, commanded the horsemen to raid passing caravans for coin, supplies and resources.  

  • Geography: A caravan trail runs southeastward through the gap between the Afale Maug to the south and Lanu Maug to the north, connecting the City-State of Earth and Water (#29) and the interior of the Wastelands. Midway along the road a faint trail runs west into the hills. A half-day of travel brings one to a small hill featuring a black glass orb on a square of basalt. It marks the Dragon’s domain and functions as a warning beacon (the horsemen disable it by touching dragonglass to the orb). Several hours beyond the orb is the new encampment of the tribe, a set of tents surrounding a single stone chapel. Further west, a day’s ride, is a basalt box canyon, home to Oğlu, dominated by 20 meter tall basalt spire upon which the Dragon perches to survey his domain. Here the Dragon rests, forges items of dragonglass and collects his hoard. 

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