Sunday, June 18, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #169

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #169 

June 18th, 2023 

  • Number: 169 

  • Name: Regions, Capitals and Notable Leaders of the Wastelands: Zetroscha 

  • Location: Western Wastelands on the Arvach Ocean southwest of Afale Maug 

  • Population (approx.): 150,000 to 200,000 scattered over about 27,000 square miles 

  • Brief: A much larger and populous Zetroscha was once a region and “Church-State” of the Ta’arnan Empire whose capital was the city of Natroscha (#104, #134). During the fall of Ta’arna, especially after Natroscha was destroyed, the region dissolved into a collection of isolated settlements such as Pike’s Point (#139) and the little villages about the South Plains Tar fields (#68). A scout and explorer, Apurva Pike-MacNeill, dreams of a restored Zetroscha. She has assembled five dozen like-minded warrior-cavalry to link the settlements of the region by a message and trading service. They’ve established lines of communications throughout the area and provide escorts to any merchants interested in trading between the coast and points inland. Pike-MacNeill has enjoyed success so far, providing enough resources when desired or strength when needed such that local village leaders will listen to her entreaties. Whether Zetroscha is re-established a functioning political entity is yet to be seen. 

  • Geography: New Zetroscha, as some call it, covers about 27,000 square miles of mostly level, lightly forested terrain; a seventy-five-mile stretch (from Pike’s Point southward) of Arvach Ocean coast continuing inland about 360 miles to the middle of the tar fields. It includes the ruins of Natroscha, which are generally avoided (see #104). Pike’s Point and three other notable fishing villages dot the coast. They have some trading contact with the Church-State (#29) to the north. The ruined terrain and inexplicable happenings east of the tar fields and north in the Afale Maug prevent much contact further eastward. 

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