Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #128
May 8th, 2023
Name: County of the Setting Sun
Location: Southwest coast of Forgotten Ta’arna
Population (approx.): 50,000
Brief: As the Ta’arnan Empire lost its focus due to the turmoil and factional conflicts in the great cities and provinces to the south, the border state governors were left trying to control increasingly aggressive native populations with diminishing resources. Hamsen Eiser, Governor of the Narrows, and his bonded legion, the Rising Sun, elected to withdraw from Carasta, in the face of effective Guild opposition, to the southwest coast of the Narrows where Governor Eiser held several manors and several thousand square miles of land. The Legion reinforced the manor homes and established a rough border about a day’s travel inland from the coast. With their westward view, they renamed themselves the Setting Sun Legion, the land eventually adopting the same name. Descendents of Eiser’s family rule the County to this day, guarded by a still potent force of Legionnaires of about 12 Centuries (give or take a hundred) and supporting troops. The County of the Setting Sun has cordial relations with Carasta, Taodeas and the Elves of Feystone Woods. They keep a wary eye on the surrounding feudal remnants like the Gatherer (#28).
Geography: The County of the Settling Sun covers about 2,500 to 3,000 square miles of the southwest coast of the Narrows. The bulk of its population lives in a half-dozen coastal settlements with average or better anchorages. The rest is spread among the small thorps, farms and ranches of the inland territory. Stone towers, flying a flag of a red sun setting into a blue sea on a white background, mark the extent of the County’s control. Visitors, usually only present to trade, are carefully watched and tolerated. Immigrants are rarely accepted unless they bring resources or skills lacking in the population.