Saturday, May 13, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #133

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #133 

May 13th , 2023 

  • Number: 133 

  • Name: Loch’s End 

  • Location: Where the runoff from Loch Pitoloal enters Taop Bay 

  • Population (approx.): 293 

  • Brief: The north coast of Taop Bay features over a half a dozen coves and inlets of varying shapes and sizes, home to a similar number of small fishing villages. Loch’s End is one of those unremarkable places that have come and gone over the past centuries but for two things. The village was founded where the runoff from Loch Pitoloal (#59) carved a path through the hills to the bay and it is the most recent conquest of the “Gatherer” Baron Peregrine (#28) in his continuing attempts to unite the scattered fragments of Lost Ta’arna. Pitoloal Stream, as the runoff is named, does not appear to have the same strange qualities as the depths of the Loch, so fishing on the inlet is fair and can sustain the populace when the weather on Taop Bay is too harsh to risk passing through channel between the headlands to the south. 

  • Geography: Loch’s End has been inhabited irregularly for about sixteen centuries. The tallest structure is a three-story stone tower that has variously been a keep, a church, an inn and is currently home to the Bentleys, largest clan of the village. With much fanfare, Baron Peregrin visited Loch’s End a year ago and made Ellendil Bentley, scion of the clan, a landed Damosel and Lady Mayor of Loch’s End. In turn the Bentleys swore fealty to the Baron. Workers, funded by the Baron, have recently arrived in town to repair and expand the docks. Rumor suggests the Baron is considering establishing his own naval force to compete with the Taodeans and the buccaneers of Reaver’s Rock (#22). The other nearby villages of the bay’s north coast are receiving similar upgrades, like Loch’s End. 

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