Monday, July 17, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #198

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #198 

July 17th, 2023 

  • Number: 198 

  • Name: Sequential Dive on a Site of Interest: West Rift Ventures of Carasta Part 2: Base Camp 

  • Location:  Center of the Narrows between the Sleeping Woods and the Furnace 

  • Population (approx.): 60 

  • Brief: Once the venture was established, the expedition was assembled and departed Carasta for the West Rift. A week later, following the trail blazed by the scouts, the caravan arrived at the site and set up camp a goodly distance from the west edge. The miners of the Guild, hearty Dwarves and Man, began digging a shaft into the earth closer to the edge. The dirt is sifted for artifacts and ores and then used to build a rampart about camp. Any finds are examined by participating scholars and magicians like Sarya Trisric. At the precipice, the explorers of the Travellers including Folwin Trisric, begin their descent into the rift to investigate the ruins spotted from above. 

  • Folwin Trisric, 146, Elf man is an expert Explorer and Scout for the Traveller's Guild. He is tall and has a slightly muscular build. He wears his long chestnut hair in a knot underneath a wide-brimmed hat that all Guild members must wear. Folwin has violet eyes and a determined demeanor. He wears the uniform of the Guild, which is leather dyed various shades of green. Folwin uses a longbow and an inherited long sword as weapons. 

  • Folwin joined the Traveller's Guild many years ago. He enjoys the discovery of new locations and exploring new possibilities. Folwin was a foundling at an artifact site. It was so unusual for an Elf to be a foundling that the leaders of his tribe, the Elves of Feystone Woods, took it as a good omen and adopted him. His parents gave him an excellent education, while his Uncle Galrin taught him the outdoors. His long career has allowed him to be the first on-site to many exciting locations. 

  • Folwin is happily married to Sarya, 140, Elf woman. They are currently expecting their first child. Sarya is a member of the Traveller's Guild and often journeys with Folwin. She is a talented mage with a knack for finding valuable artifacts at new excavations. 

  • Over the course of the next two weeks the expedition discovered that the exposed structure in the rift, 50 feet below the surface, was the top of a five to six story building split by the rift. The shaft being dug eventually encounters another buried building about 100 feet underground. 

  • Geography: Base camp was built about 250 yards from the west edge. The initial configuration was a central large tent surrounded by a dozen smaller tents. Those were slowly encircled by the earthen rampart. Horses were tied off to one side with wagons parked nearby. The main shaft into the earth was started about 50 yards from the edge. Two buildings have been discovered, one 30 yards below the surface at the shaft, and the other, 15 yards below the surface at the Rift. 

  • Next Article: West Rift Ventures Part 3: What Lies Buried Was Revealed 

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