Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #130
May 10th, 2023
Name: Barger’s Rest
Location: On the Noldrune River east of Port Lostfort
Population (approx.): 175
Brief: The original concept of Barger’s Rest was much like the Travellers Guild caravansaries on the local highways but to be established on waterways by the Sailors Guild. The Arquen family, sailors who lost their small merchant vessel to a storm on Staplefish Bay, invested in a houseboat and parked it on the Noldrune River. They offered a place for barge polers to rest before the final trip to Port Lostfort, a place for horse-drawn barges to stable, tend to or switch horses, a place to stop when the barge traffic to the coast was too dense, or weather on the river leading to the bay was inclement, and more recently, a place for merchants or others to stop and offload items which they’d rather move to coast by “different” (quiet or secret) means. The concept has not caught on elsewhere but on the Noldrune, Barger’s Rest has been somewhat successful.
Geography: Barger’s Rest sits on the Noldrune River east of Port Lostfort where the river turns south and inland towards Lake Loloto Pogisa. A narrow spit of land divides a channel from the main flow of the river. Now the Arquens own four houseboats, parked end to end, moored on the channel side of the island. Across the channel, on dry land, the family has built a stables, several warehouses and a small 2 story Inn with a popular ground floor tavern (The River Pole). Visiting barges park in the channel and sometimes on the river proper when river traffic is at its peak.
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