Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #123

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #123 

May 3rd, 2023 

  • Number: 123 

  • Name: Smuggler’s Rest 

  • Location: Northeast corner of Taodeas between Greatwood and the Tauoi River. 

  • Population (approx.): 550 

  • Brief: Smuggler’s Rest, the unofficial name of the ramshackle village, is just what the name implies, a place for travelers making the passage along Smuggler’s Way (#5) to stop for a night and grab a drink, some grub and a patch of dry straw with likeminded ne'er-do-wells. From there, either a hike to the shore and perhaps a friendly face in Southbank (#122) or sneak into the backwoods of the Greatwood (#21) and the city of Aai Lau. At the tavern of the Rest, one might meet with agents of the Thieves Guild or the lesser Tribes and Kins of Taodeas and none are the wiser. The Baron’s Bastards run the town with a silk-covered iron fist as it is in everyone’s best monetary interest to keep the spies and rangers of the United Tribes at arm’s length. Aside from the carefully marked smuggling trails, the surrounds are full of traps and wards causing misdirection and confusion.  

  • Geography: Smuggler’s Rest is concealed on the north slope of a hill of the Tuton Maug north of the Greatwood, and south of a long ridge, on the north side is the Tauoi River. The land in between is filled with scrub, trees, rocks and ravines providing copious cover for the village and the trails. Smuggler’s Rest has a single large wooden two-story inn with tavern across from the stone-walled blockhouse of the Bastards. Nearby is another dive bar, a merchant, a pawn shop, an herbalist-doctor (of dubious quality) and a stables for pack mules and donkeys.  

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