Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #252
September 10th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Cerdmouth in Noldrune – Part 7
Location: North coast of Noldrune along Staplefish Bay
Population (approx.): 1413
Brief: Although the boardwalk has now become the central point of attraction in Cerdmouth, the town features a wide variety of interesting and unusual businesses in the streets beyond the promenade. Some are represented by stalls during the tourist season while others only maintain a traditional storefront year-round. Immediately visible, from the promenade, are the luxurious hotels that tower over the stalls. Packed during summer and sparsely occupied off-season, they provide all manner of services and accommodations. The ground floor of more than half are home to either fine dining establishments, coffee shops, upscale bars or high-end boutiques. One street inland from the boardwalk is home to many of the shops of Cerdmouth, featuring top of the market tailors, jewelers and other artisans.
Sylna Flowercloud, 163, female Elf, is a gifted toy maker who owns The Spinning Top. She is tall and has long lavender hair. Her eyes are crystal blue and light up when she has an idea for a toy. She walks with a limp because of an accident as a young child where she fell downstairs. Sylna uses a beautiful walking stick that she carved out of birch with a top that spins. She likes to wear loose pants and shirts with flowers on them. She carries a small dagger with her if she encounters any difficulties.
Sylna has operated The Spinning Top for 75 years. The shop occupies an active area in the middle of Cerdmouth. Many people who bought toys as children here are now bringing their grandchildren to the shop. Sylna's favorite medium to make toys is the stone from the quarry. She sculpts fantastic miniatures with exacting detail, and her specialty is toy figures for children and chess sets and other gaming pieces for all ages.
Sylna owns a large manor on the outskirts of Cerdmouth and lives there with her partner, Magbella Windlight, 153, female Elf. Together, they adopted four children and are now great grandmas many times over. They love their family; someone always visits and plays with the toys. Magbella is the Lord Mayor of Cerdmouth but despite that responsibility she often helps babysit the grandbabies.
Geography: Sylna’s store, The Spinning Top, can be found in a four-story building on the street behind The Emperor’s Repose, one of Cerdmouth’s largest hotels. The store occupies the ground floor with Sylna’s workshop on the 2nd floor above. The top two floors are apartments, Sylna being the landlord, and the basement is used for storage.
Sylna and Magbella’s manor is on a hillside overlooking the town to the northeast. It is comprised of a main building, with a great hall, bedrooms, library, kitchen and dining room, and several outbuildings for close relations, servants, stables and a small contingent of Cerdmouth Town Guard. The manor, Grandview, is now enclosed in a stone wall added when Magbella was appointed Lord Mayor (about 50 years ago with the influence of her distant relation, Hasslewaith the Viscount of House Dorch).