Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #120
April 30th, 2023
Location: At the mouth of the Matui River on Taop Bay.
Population (approx.): 2200
Brief: Matumouth was established as a fishing village on the Matui River centuries ago, about the same time as Taosport (#17) to the north when the Matui and Taos Tribes settled the region west of the Lanu Maug hills. Like Taosport, it was expanded into a town during the Ta’arnan conquest and retains features constructed by the Empire and a mixed population of Tribesfolk and the Ta’arnan expats. Unlike Taosport, Matumouth conducts a great deal of trade with the Ta’arnans of the Church-State of Earth and Water (#29) to the west across the delta. The town is the headquarters of the Matui Riverwardens (#51) who patrol the shallow waters in conjunction with the Baywardens (#88) who watch the deep waters of the bay. Despite tensions that remain in the background resulting from Taodeas’ independence and the attempts of reconquest that followed, relations between local and nearby factions are generally good.
Geography: Matumouth was built on the north bank of the Matui River where it enters the Taop Bay. The original docks were expanded into a typical Imperial harbor with stone wharves, heavy wooden piers and overlooking fortifications. That keep is now home to the Lord Mayor and leaders of the Matui Tribe. Within the walls of the keep are residences, a Church to the Waters, barracks and granaries. The bulk of the town hugs the walls of the keep and spreads east along the river, featuring typical tenements and business. A main road departs east along the river and north along the coast. The Riverwardens and Sailors’ Guild manage a ferry to support travel across the border.