Friday, May 19, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #139

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #139 

May 19th, 2023 

  • Number: 139 

  • Name: Pike’s Point 

  • Location: Western coast of the Wastelands on the Arvach Ocean 

  • Population (approx.): 450 

  • Brief: Centuries ago, as the Ta’arnan Empire rose in the region, or perhaps before the Ta’arnans when two other adversaries contended for this land, a great battle raged off the coast of the Wastelands. During this battle, a warship of gigantic proportions was deliberately or accidentally driven aground dead center of a nearby naval base. The battle barge buried itself half its length through stone and earth, shattering piers and wharves, collapsing walls and a keep. It apparently could not be removed and remains embedded in the remains of the docks to this day. Over the years to follow, the hulk was stripped of removeable materials and abandoned. Then it was discovered by locals, led by a person named Pike, who found the indestructible hull and intact decks, staircases, walls and doors created a perfect place to establish a new community. Pike’s Point, as it is known, exists almost entirely within the hull of the warship, except for surrounding fields, buildings for crafting too hazardous or pungent for enclosed spaces, and a small flotilla of fishing vessels and punts tied to the hull and remains of the docks. The population is mostly human, descendants of Pike’s clan, but includes any and all Kin who have happened on the village. 

  • Geography: Pike’s Point sits on the edge of the Wastelands on the Arvach Ocean, visible from the water and beaches, but concealed from view by a dense forest. The ancient vessel is about 200 meters long, 40 meters at its widest and rises six stories above the water and beach. A wooden lighthouse rises another two stories on the stern, built about the aftmost mast. The top deck features a wooden great hall, with greenhouses on either side. Outbuildings fan out on top of the ruins of the ancient naval base. Fields fill clearings either natural or Kin-made in the forest. 

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