Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #159
June 8th, 2023
Name: The Matui Tribal Circle
Location: Along Taop Bay north of Matumouth
Population (approx.): 320 (normally) up to 2,300 (festivals and meets)
Brief: Like the Taos to the north, before the Ta’arnan occupation, the Matui claimed land on both sides of their namesake River, between the Lanu Maug and Afale Maug ranges and the coasts of the Taop Bay and Arvach Ocean to the west. They too were reduced by the Legions, and today claim the southern half of the lands between the Alavai and Matui Rivers. Unlike their neighbors to the north, the Matui are a cheerful folk on good terms with everyone including Ta’arnan expats within their lands and those south of the border with the Wasterlands. Their main foes, ably countered by the various groups of Wardens (River-, #51, and Hill-, #86, for example), are the Orcs and other aberrations of the Lanu Maug and various bandits and ne'er-do-wells south of the border. The Matui have no one specialty, supporting all forms of crafting within their borders, but their homegrown Wardens are a notable military force copied throughout the City-State.
Geography: The Tribal Circle of the Matui is in the form of a great semi-circular building complex embracing an inlet of Taop Bay under a half-day's travel north of Matumouth (#120). The circle is completed by a great breakwater, whose roots are well over a thousand years old, that enclosed the bay-ward side of the inlet protecting vs. Storms from the ocean beyond. The stone structure is pierced by 2 great sea-gates to allow vessels to enter and exit. The buildings ascend a series of terraces so all have a view of the beach and bay, the lower levels being boathouses and dry docks and the upper levels being residences for locals, visitors and topmost the nigh palatial accommodations for the Chiefs of the Tribe. Ceremonies and special events are held on the beaches and in the waters of the harbor.