Sunday, July 2, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #183

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #183 

July 2nd, 2023 

  • Number: 183 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Buccaneer's Arc of Ceannar Part 1 

  • Location: Northwest Ceannar between Staplefish Bay and Lesser Staplefish Bay (aka Lapit Bay) 

  • Population (approx.): 200-400 but estimates vary wildly 

  • Brief: Buccaneer’s Arc is an infrequently patrolled and sparsely inhabited archipelago which has become home to a variety of ne'er-do-wells both land and sea based. There are number of points of interest summarized herein and described in detail over briefs to follow: 

  • Atigi Laumei: A mysterious forest-choked island occupied by a strange tribe of Wildfolk who worship their unique ancient god. 

  • Lapit Point: Site of a City-State of Ceannar naval base seeking to protect the main shipping route from the Lesser to Greater Staplefish Bays. 

  • Noldrune Light: An “Old Decree” style lighthouse maintained by County Noldrune but under constant threat by pirates and wreckers. 

  • Pirate Coves: Hidden anchorages home to the Buccaneers and Pirates of the Arc. 

  • Rumport pirate town: Home to the Council of Captains, a body of notable shipmasters who frequently gather to discuss business, resolve disputes and consume rum. Rumport is time-honored neutral territory bound by Oaths of Blood. 

  • Spyglass Hill: Tallest point of the Arc covered with an ancient platform of unknown origin and use, on a clear day sharp-eyed scouts can see most of the shipping lanes of the area. Handy for keeping an eye on the local navies. 

  • Geography: The Buccaneer’s Arc is a swath of islands over about 500 square miles of water between the Lesser Staplefish Bay to the south and west and the greater (and much larger) Staplefish Bay to the north. The three largest islands are named; Atigi Laumei, Faom Motu and Vaomua Motu. 

  • Atigi Laumei: Westernmost of the 3 main islands of the Arc, the wildfolk occupy a huge oval shaped hill covering the west third. 

  • Lapit Point: Northernmost point of the mainland peninsula north of Surecliff (#46). 

  • Noldrune Light: Easternmost point of County Noldrune along the north coast. A narrow rock choked channel separates the Light from Atigi Laumei. 

  • Pirate Coves: Found on either coast of Faom Motu and the north coast of Vaomua Motu, the two large eastern islands of the Arc. 

  • Rumport pirate town: In a cove on the south coast of Faom Motu reached by dinghy, rowboat or hiking across the island. Larger vessels are traditionally banned from the harbor due to certain incidents of the past. 

  • Spyglass Hill: Tallest point of Faom Motu, the hill can be reached by a steep path from Rumport below. The hilltop is covered by a rune-carved stone circle surrounded by a low wall. 

  • Next Article: Notable persons and sites of the Arc part 2 

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