Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #108

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #108 

April 18th, 2023 

  • Number: 108 

  • Name: Wrongbend aka Riverbend 

  • Location: West side of the Noldrune River near Port Lostfort 

  • Population (approx.): 410 (town and surrounds) 

  • Brief: Like Port Lostfort (#2), Riverbend has been subject to the whims of the weather and rise of the Noldrune River. Centuries ago, when Carasta and Noldrune were founded, Riverbend was on the east side of the Noldrune, a Viscounty that was part of that City-State. 121 years ago, during a ferocious spring storm, the river crested well over its banks submerging most of Riverbend. About a week later the water receded and the village found itself on the wrong (west) side of the Noldrune. This left the Lord Mayor, a minor Viscount of House Claid, Rulers of Noldrune, in a bit of a pickle. Inevitable confusion followed regarding culture, allegiances, taxes, status of the Viscounty Guard, support of allied manors on the east side of the river, and access to Noldrune suddenly by river barge instead of road (washed way). The original river bridge now spanned an empty dry wash. The current Viscountess, Elsbeth of House Delacor, carefully works to meet her old obligations to Noldrune and new ones to Carasta. She and other traditionalists long for the old course of the river and rumor suggests priests or magicians have been contacted to see if the river could be moved back whence it came. 

  • Geography: Riverbend can be found where the Noldrune River, about 20 miles east of Port Lostfort, turns from a northly course to a westerly path to Staplefish Bay. The old course of the river passes to the west of the village. Farms and small manors, whose liege is the Viscountess, are scattered across both sides of the village and river. Riverbend Keep sits on the highest point, surrounded by a curtain wall, with numerous businesses on the slopes outside the walls. A newly built second lower flood wall of earth faced with stone encircles Riverbend. 

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