Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #151


Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #151 

May 31st, 2023 

  • Number: 151 

  • Name: Harroe Peoples Palace 

  • Location: On the slopes of the Tuton Maug Spur in northeastern Ceannar 

  • Population (approx.): 1,100 

  • Brief: The peoples of Ceannar reacted in many ways to the defeat of their armed forces at the swords of the Ta’arnan Legions. Some fled, some resisted, some accepted their new Ta’arnan overlords and some went all in and became of the Empire in every aspect but bloodline. The Harroe Peoples, a lesser group of Cean, welcomed and celebrated the conquest, built churches to honor the dozen Ta’arnan masks of the Six and brought Ta’arnan blood into their families by marriage whenever possible. The Harroe flourished for a time, eventually being granted control of most of western Ceannar from the Lesser Staplefish bay south to Pearl Bay. Then the revolution came and succeeded and again, five centuries ago, the Harroe found themselves on the outside looking in. Their lands shrank, lost to rising Peoples like the Penin to the south and others to the east. Harroe County became a region of misfits, reprobates and people who long for a Ta’arnan reconquest that will never occur. The County seat, the “Peoples’ Palace,” like Surecliff (#46) to the west, retains the style of the Empire draped about lesser shoulders. The Eldest, Count Ingar Harroe, and his Elder circle, plot openly and scheme quietly, cultivating relationships with nearby criminal elements such as the pirates of Buccaneer’s Arc (#12) or those found in the back alleys of Surecliff. The Harroe hope to someday reclaim their “ancestral lands” to the south especially the mineral and material wealth of Orchard Hills (#14) and the mines near Firewalker Ridge (#47). 

  • Geography: The County seat, the Harroe Peoples Palace, sprawls over a hill on the north slopes of the Tuton Maug Spur with a view of Staplefish Bay on a clear day. The palace was built in the Ta’arnan style at the height of the conquest, featuring six spires of the Gods about a central keep, but has fallen into disrepair as fast as Harroe’s fortunes declined. The surrounding town, once featuring an elegant grid of white washed buildings with roofs tiled in the six colors of the Gods, is now gray and muddy, overgrown in places and overcrowded in others. 

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