Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #113
April 23rd, 2023
Name: People’s Portal
Location: On the border of Noldrune and Ceannar
Population (approx.): 3,370
Brief: 4 centuries ago, 73 FC in the common calendar, Ceannar’s Baroness Eldest Ceannar declared the City-State an independent and united People’s City-State. The border between Ceannar and Noldrune ran slightly west of north from Red Water Bay in the south to the Lesser Staplefish Bay (aka Lapit Bay) in the north. This fortunately put the small village of Elben in Ceannar as it then became the gateway between the two City-States, because it sat on the main highway between Belladorn (#1) and Overlook (#8). As the City-States formalized relations and trade, Elben grew and was later renamed People’s Portal to signify its importance as the gateway to the east. The Baroness established a significant border patrol unit, headquartered in the town, to police the various crossings including the north and south coastal roads.
Geography: People’s Portal is a sprawling plains town south of the Tuton Maug Spur and Firewalker Ridge (#47). The central portion of town is enclosed in a curtain wall with towers every 30 meters about the perimeter. Several caravan fields and markets abut against the walls on the outside. The main gate is on the west side of the wall and marks the formal border crossing (the actual border being a mile further west). Inside the People’s Hall is surrounded by businesses, tenements, guild halls and churches. Farms and ranches cover the plains in all directions as far as the eyes can see. The original highway passes through People’s Portal, but recently a bypass was constructed around the north side of town to ease the congested town streets.