Monday, July 3, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #184

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #184 

July 3rd, 2023 

  • Number: 184 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Buccaneer's Arc of Ceannar Part 2: Noldrune Light 

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

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

  • BriefNoldrune Light is example of a surviving Decree Lighthouse like East Point Light (#10) and Stormwatch (#65), marking the easternmost territorial waters of the City-State. As with most Lighthouses, it is a collaborative effort by the Lamplighters and Sailors Guild in this case in conjunction with the Nolrune Naval Service (NNS). The lighthouse is staffed by a keeper, their assistants and a contingent of sailors who patrol the local waters. Aside from typical guidance and rescue duties, the NNV Pugnacious patrols to protect passing merchant vessels from any pirates daring to enter the City-State's waters. They also keep an eye on the local Wildfolk tribe as three years ago a half-dozen warriors crossed from their island and attempted to scale the lighthouse before being driven off by the sailors present. The Master Lightkeeper believes they were attempting to damage the lamps. 

  • Notable persons present in the current year include: 

  • Master Lightkeeper Shiv Alou of the Lamplighters Guild, an older Human male whose family has maintained the lighthouse for three generations and may do so for at least one or two to follow (two of his children have shown interested in his craft). 

  • Captain Metli Flannof the NNS, a young Half-Elf woman who commands the NNV (Noldrune Naval Vessel) Pugnacious, a frigate assigned to Noldrune Light. The Pugnacious is armed with bolt and fire throwers, plus a complement of magicians and archers sufficient to drive off any pirates encountered to date. Her command also includes a rescue lifeboat (NNV Lifeline). 

  • Alibe Ananta, a middle-age half-Wildfolk man who is a ranger of the NSS (#71) and has been assigned to the area to investigate and assess the threat of the WIldfolk on Atigi Laumei to the east. 

  • Geography: Noldrune Light sits on a rocky outcropping at the north-easternmost point of County Noldrune. The lighthouse is a standard six-story tower, containing the lamp, its mechanism and some quarters on the levels below, with a large two-story annex, containing barracks, storage, and the mess hall. Two underground levels include workshops, further storage and two cells for captured pirates or wildfolk. A narrow staircase leads down to a north-facing cove including a pier for the NNV Pugnacious and a lifeboat station with ramp for the NNV Lifeline. 

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

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