Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #178

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #178 

June 27th, 2023 

  • Number: 178 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Tawen of Noldrune Part 3 

  • 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 Upper Town of Tawen is the second ward, settled by “tall folk” (being mostly Humans, Elves and others of large stature) of the same nationality, centuries ago but soon after the Lower Town (#177) was established. Sections of the peak had fallen into the river in ages past. The summit was further hollowed, creating free-standing towers and open areas below. The spires of the top of the pinnacle are the home to People of the Skies: Eagle – “Cesqen”; Falcon – “Toixtex”; Hawk – “Xenxinele” and (Sea)Gull – “Geni.” Tall buildings host favored churches of Air, Light and Fire, hospitals, fine hotels and government buildings surrounding the tallest building, the meeting hall of the Council of Eight (the Chiefs of the Eight major Peoples of Teltelkes Heheces, the ancient name of the realm of these now residents of Tawen). 

  • Geography: The Upper Town occupies the upper third of the limestone karst pinnacle. In contrast to the artisans of the Lower Town, many services are hosted here including healers, guardians (Tawn’s town guard/police) scribes, bankers, litigants, innkeepers and traders who live in chambers above and about their places of business. The tall buildings frequently feature either rooftop gardens or central atriums filled with flora, balconies and crosswalks. Similar wooden bridges connect the upper spires to each other. The central tunnel descends to connect to the Lower Town and midway down the pinnacle it spawns branches to heavy stone gates leading to the plains to the north and the bridges over the Tauoi River to the Outer Town to the south.  

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