Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #158
June 7th, 2023
Name: The Mataf Tribal Circle
Location: Roughly in the center of Mataf lands, north of the Danthas between the Tuton Maug and the coast.
Population (approx.): 350 (normally) up to 3,800 (festivals and meets)
Brief: Since the rebellion, the Mataf have grown to be the third or perhaps second largest tribe of Taodeas. Their lands cover the southeast corner of the City-State, comprised of farmland and pastures divided by small forests and miles and miles of wood and stone fences. The region is crisscrossed with trails and narrow roads connecting farmsteads, manors, thorps and villages. The Mataf enjoy the pastoral life, growing food and raising animals to feed themselves and trade to their neighbors the Danthas for ore and tools, the Launi for wood and furnishings and even across the Danthas River border with the Saut for exotic items from the desert and the Wastelands. Though generally friendly, the Mataf are wary of those who might threaten their quiet lifestyle like the bandits of the river (#20) and the Wildfolk beyond Gate-in-iron (#126). Chiefs of the tribe have proposed an unusual step of contacting the Mercenaries Guild for both additional protection of their borders and training of their own Fieldmarshals. The United Tribal council has heard rumor of the idea but have yet to enjoin the Mataf from proceeding.
Geography: The Mataf Tribal Circle, known as the Grand Roundabout, can be found at the end of a highway spur running to the east off the main road from Blackstone Fortress (#15) to Aai Lau (#21). The Roundabout is a series of concentric roads, the innermost encompassing a grand park of meadows and trees. In between the outer rings are numerous houses interspersed with businesses and tribal buildings. The Mataf gathers 4 times a year at the beginning of each season to celebrate the expected upcoming natural changes.