Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #155
June 4th, 2023
Name: The Gotasi Tribal Circle
Location: Center of the plains between Lanu Maug and Tuton Maug near the Crossroads
Population (approx.): 600 (normally) up to 6,000 (festivals and meets)
Brief: Centuries ago, before the Ta’arnan Empire conquered from the south, before the Cean Peoples landed from the east, and before the Kings of Noldrune wandered from the north, the Tribes prospered across the central plains of Sudeben. Present day Taodeas is home to tribes originally native to the area such as the Taos in the west and the Mataf to the east, but central plains of the City-State are now home to the Gotasi, a patchwork peoples assembled and united over the past years from tribes nearly destroyed and scattered by the conquers of Sudeben. The Gotasi, forged in fire by warrior chiefs, formed the core of Taodean armed forces that expelled the Ta’arnans from Taodeas, driving them into the Wastelands. They could have rightfully taken Blackstone Fortress (#15) as their “circle” (the center of a tribe’s lands and influence) but instead created and formalized the Gotasi Circle in the geographic center of their lands, just southeast of Crossroads (#54).
Geography: The Circle of the Gotasi sits several miles southeast of Crossroads, joined to the main highway of Taodeas by a broad flag-lined avenue. Each banner represents a tribe that was previously or is now currently part of the patchwork quilt that is the Gotasi. The Circle is of traditional style, a circular area of ground raised 5 meters above the surrounding land, covered with a circular building built to the edge of the rise with the center open to the air. Fences run outward from the Circle, like spokes of a wagon wheel, dividing the land into sections one per each of the current Gotasi member tribes. Each has built permanent tribal buildings (a mix of tribal hall, meeting rooms and residences for permanent residents of the Circle), warehouses and stables, with clear spaces for the tents, wagons and caravans of visitors (primarily for the yearly tribal gathering).