Sunday, April 2, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #92

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #92 

April 2nd, 2023 

  • Number: 92 

  • Name: Ashen Observatory 

  • Location: Small hilltop east of the Ashen Expanse 

  • Population (approx.): 50-60 

  • Brief: The individual Guilds of the Guild Collegium, forming the government of the City-State of Carasta, have many and varied interests across the lands claimed and beyond. As might be expected, the Arcane Guild finds the on-going and remnant magical phenomena of the Narrows to be both interesting and of potential use to their research and greater goals. The Ashen Expanse (#25) being one such site warranted the construction of a permanent observatory on the borders of the dead forest. The tower plays host to two resident magicians (and their apprentices, companions and personal guards) and anywhere from three to five other visiting spellusers at any one time. The site is maintained by members of the Innkeeper’s Guild and protected by a small cohort of Mercenaries from companies with long-term associations with the Arcane Guild. 

  • Geography: The Ashen Observatory was built upon a small hillock about 3 miles east of the border of the Ashen Expanse. It stands seven stories tall, the top being a lighthouse-like platform with telescopes and other devices. The base is at the center of a T-shaped complex with permanent residences in the south wing, visitor’s rooms in the north wing and a longer east wing full of meeting rooms, laboratories, a library and a fine dining hall.  Two adjacent buildings house the building staff and the guards. 

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