Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #96
April 6th, 2023
Location: A day’s travel north of Driftwood Cove on the North Coast Highway (NCH)
Population (approx.): 150 (local) and 100-200 (camps along the new west road)
Brief: Since the failure of the mines in the Gold Mountains west of Orvusiv, the Miner’s Guild (and associated Dwarven Clans) have been itching to return to the Spine of Norgorfel in search of the next great motherlode. The past five years scouts and spelunkers of the Guild have been searching and sampling an oblong mesa, several miles long, north of Orvusiv. Tested samples have shown promising amounts of high-grade ore, enough that the Guild has mounted an expedition to the site. The caravansary on the NCH has been expanded into a base camp, nicknamed Minehead. Miners and laborers hired from the Traveller’s Guild have been collaborating to build a road to the mesa. A Mercenary Company with underground and mountaineering experience guards the road and the scouting camp on the mesa versus the monsters sure to creep down out of the slopes above. Once the road and mesa camp are complete, the latter will be named Minehead as is tradition and the caravansary might evolve into a trading post or settlement of some size.
Geography: Minehead is about 25 miles north of Driftwood Cove (#93) on the NCH. In the year since the Miner’s Guild began the expedition, the caravansary has been surrounded by a sea of tents, travel wagons and makeshift buildings. Food carts and tinker’s wagons appeared to serve the workers followed eventually by less savory visitors (thieves and the like). Minehead can be quite rowdy at times, causing passing caravans to either stay outside of the site or skip camping entirely. The Innkeeper’s Guild weathers the complaints from the caravansary mistress and looks forward to when the miners move westward, and they can begin the business of town-building.