Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #188
July 7th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Buccaneer's Arc of Ceannar Part 6: Lapit Point
Location: Northwest Ceannar between Staplefish Bay and Lesser Staplefish Bay (aka Lapit Bay)
Population (approx.): 60 at the Naval Base plus variable number of ship’s crews
Brief: As the City-States formed and pirate activity increased, Ceannar established a small naval base on the eastern side of the peninsula that divided the two bays north of Surecliff (#46). As most of the ports in the bay to the wet are parts of Noldrune, the ships of Ceannar are mostly tasked to ensure shipping safely reaches Surecliff and points to the east. They may enter the bay to keep pirates from harassing fishing vessels from villages of Harrow County or to keep an eye on Noldrune’s ships. Currently stationed at Lapit Point are two caravels The Flash, captained by Felin Hereward, and The Roar, captained by Justina Blackstare.
Caravels like Hereward’s The Flash include a cook, priest-healer, ship’s mage, master archer, boatswain (in charge of the sails), carpenter and quartermaster. The rest of the crew, numbering about 30, carry out regular duties, such as keeping watch, sailkeeping, and maintenance.
Cho Deepvale, 21, a Human woman, is the cook on board The Flash. She is of average height, has a thin waist, and wears her long blond hair in a large ponytail. Cho wears a pair of leather trousers dyed green and has a small selection of billowy blouses. She doesn't fight much, but if pressed into combat her weapon choice is a scimitar.
Cho's mother taught her how to cook when she was a small child. When she joined the Navy, she brought her vast knowledge of fish recipes with her. This has helped her keep the crew's spirits up, and other captains of the fleet have requested her for their next voyage.
Cho has an uneven temper that can sometimes cause her problems. She recently had an altercation with the First Mate, Gais Arni, when he complained about her biscuits being stale. Cho threw a punch and would have been punished by flogging, except the rest of the crew threatened to mutiny if that happened.
Geography: Lesser Staplefish Bay covers about 2,000 square miles between Noldrune and Ceannar. The only exits to Staplefish Bay pass through or near Buccaneer’s Arc. Lapit Point, on the peninsula between the two bays, consists of an eastward-facing harbor with several piers, a dry dock, barracks, officer’s quarters, a chapel of the Ocean, warehouses and a watchtower slightly inland on a nearby hilltop. Many of the sailors stationed in Lapit Point have family or relatives just south in Bristlebrush , a fishing village of about 200 souls. Cho Deepvale’s mother and father own a seafood restaurant in Bristlebrush.
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