Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #157
June 6th, 2023
Name: The Taos Tribal Circle
Location: A valley between the Alavai River and the Lanu Maug hills.
Population (approx.): 200 (normally) up to 2,400 (festivals and meets)
Brief: The Taos were once one of the most populus tribes of the region, their lands at their greatest stretching from the Lanu Maug north and west across the Alavai River into the Narrows. They suffered at the hands of the Ta’arnan Legions and the following occupation, were greatly reduced but still managed to lead the rebellion that freed the lands creating the Taodeas of today. The Taos circle, before the fall, was Taosport (#17) but the tribe was forced to moved it east into the hills during the occupation. There the Taos chiefs struggle to rebuild the tribe, control Taosport versus the challenge of Ta’arnans, minor tribes and ascendant Guild-supported merchant houses and compete versus the Matui to the south. In addition, rumor suggests that Noldrune emissaries are trying to lure the Dwarven clans of the Lanu Maug Cantons (#4, #52) to join their City-State.
Geography: The Taos Circle can be found in an oval-shaped valley on the western Lanu Maug slopes just over a day’s travel east of Taosport. A bowl-shaped central amphitheater is surrounded by arcs of single-story long rectangular cabins, the closest being occupied by year-round residents. The cabins serve all necessary functions such as residences, meeting halls, chapels, merchant’s stores and crafter’s workshops. The outer buildings are kept clean for visitors primarily arriving for great tribal gatherings. The amphitheater fills with thousands of cheering brightly clad Taos tribesfolk waving flags and banners, playing instruments and chanting songs of ancient legends and past heroics. New songs are few and far between.