Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #177
June 26th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Tawen of Noldrune Part 2
Location: Along the Tauoi River between Ma’amore Maug and Far Harbor (#36)
Population (approx.): 4,000 inhabitants spread over the 3 wards of the large town
Brief: The people of Tawen and the surrounding lands have much in common with the animals common to their homes (rumor even suggests some Tawen can turn into their favored creature). The Lower Town of Tawen is the oldest ward, settled by “small folk” (being mostly Halflings, Dwarves and some Humans of small stature) centuries ago. The inexorable action of the Tauoi River carved away the base of the pinnacle, revealing chambers within. The ancestors of the current inhabitants arrived at Tawen fleeing some event whose details are lost to history. The caves they occupied were hollowed, expanded and interconnected to form a small community. These warrens, full of caves and structures stacked within them, are home to the self-named People of the Fields: Mouse – “Ketan”; Squirrel – “Toepsipaen”; Rabbit – “Sqeweo” and Rat – “Hewt.”
Geography: The Lower Town of Tawen occupies the bottom third of the limestone karst pinnacle. Many craftspeople, especially metalworkers, jewelers, cooks, brewers and potionmakers, make their homes here. Docks stretch out onto the river, launching boats that fish locally or trading vessels that make their way north to the source of the Tauoi and south to other river settlements. Chambers carved into the hillsides beyond the pinnacle support farms of mushrooms and underground flora. Other tunnels lead deeper to mines and quarries. The Gods of Earth, Water and Dark are favored here with chapels for each. A central vertical tube, surrounded by a great staircase, connects Lower and Upper Tawen. Lifts transport goods and large groups. In darker corners, the Hewt run the local Thieves Guild and other unsavory businesses.