Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #267
September 25th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: The Sinking Lands of the Narrows – Part 1
Location: Central Narrows southwest of the City-State of Carasta
Population (approx.): Varies
Brief: The ancient geological processes slowly pulling the Narrows apart combined with the battles before, during and after the Ta’arnan Empire’s occupation of the region, left large stretches of the central plains changed beyond recognition, levelling settlements and churning the landscape. To add insult to injury, the residues of the magics used during the conflicts, such as the rituals and enchantments which created the Ashen Expanse to the northwest, are causing parts of the plains to slowly settle, collapsing in upon itself. Despite this, small communities continue to survive across these “sinking lands,” leveraging both ancient and newly found resources. The peoples one might encounter in the area are the scattered remnants of all the factions of Kin (both commonplace and unique) of both sides in the conflict.
Geography: The Sinking Lands, being the local’s name but not a formal one, covers over 3,700 square miles of the southwestern Narrows. The area is bound by the Ashen Expanse (#25) to the northwest, the County of the Setting Sun (#128) to the southwest, the Taop Hills along Taop Bay to the southeast and the borderlands of the City-State of Carasta at West Rift Ventures (#197) to the northeast. The rift valley, The Furnace, beginning at Deep Mining Station 3A (#23) cuts westward through the middle of the region, ending at an oasis just north of the approximate center.
Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll present some of the notable peoples, happenings and plot threads of six notable sites atop the Sinking Lands.