Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #115
April 25th, 2023
Name: Noble’s Rest
Location: Southwest Ceannar on the ocean coast across from Long’s Sandy Isle.
Population (approx.): 250 (Winter) to 1,000 or more (Summer)
Brief: Noble’s Rest is the last stop on the mainland before boarding private boats or public ferries to Long’s Sandy Isle (#45) and the summer festivities. Like the island, Noble’s Rest is a sleepy fishing village in winter but expands greatly in the days leading up to the trek of the nobles from their manor homes and keeps to the parties and beaches. Noble’s Rest provides required services such as stabling horses, parking carriages and housing various servants, guards, “noble camp followers” and minor nobility who didn’t “make the cut” to attend events offshore. The lesser sorts and some fisherfolk do a brisk business in smuggling or sneaking folk from the mainland to the island, dodging naval patrols on the water and noble’s guards on the island.
Geography: Noble’s Rest sits on the coast on the east side of the ridge that separates Pearl Bay from the ocean. It is a village of two parts, the traditional trappings of a fishing village, operated throughout the year, and the seasonal trappings of a coastal resort, hosting those not traveling to Long’s Sandy Isle plus storing the trappings (wagons, carriages, horses) of those who departed by ferry or yacht to the south. The latter consists of several hotels, restaurants, three large stables and two caravan yards. The former is a collection of businesses, tenements, cottages and a combined chapel, elder’s moot and town hall.