Saturday, October 28, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #300

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #300 

October 28th, 2023 

  • Number: 300 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest:  Skyfall – Part 6 

  • Location: Eastern coast of the City-State of Taodeas along the Sea of Hethichol 

  • Population (approx.): 151 (Felka Cove) 

  • Brief: Fear. Sitting on the shore at night, watching the glow on the choppy distant waters, a sense of fear touches the soul as the cold night air touches the skin. In addition, the expedition faces personal fears. Nisberra fears failure of his smithy, his hopes riding on the rumored mythical properties of meteoric iron. Jilrora fears economic ruin of the village if the source of the glow may permanently affect the local fishing. But for Brooke Grodan, hope and fear are the two sides of the coin that is the worship and practice of the Six Gods. Vai offers sustenance and life from water to slake thirst and grow crops, but Vai also can deny such via droughts, or fouled or poisoned fluids. If this Skyfall brings poison to the seas, affecting the catch, she fears the people of Felka Cove will suffer and worries whether she or they have offended the Ocean in some as yet unknown way.  

  • Brooke Grodan, 42, female Human, is the cleric from the local temple of Vai. She is tall and has long blonde hair, which she wears straight. Her hazel eyes take on a special glow when she prays; such is her zeal. Brooke has a long scar on her right arm. If anyone asks about it, she explains that her father accidentally cut her with a sword, and a cleric of Vai reattached her limb. Brooke wears long robes with the symbols of Vai embroidered on them. She always wears a silver brooch of Vai's symbol attached to her clothing.  

  • Brooke inserts herself into the party to visit the meteorite. She does this to receive the bounty that Vai brought to the island and Felka Cove. Just before everyone arrives at the site, Brooke stops the party and blesses everyone. When Nemes Munugath returns with samples of the plants affected by the meteorite, Brooke asks for a few. She plans on testing for healing properties from the samples. Nemes cautions her to use caution in her testing as some plants and fish have died near the meteorite. 

  • Brooke lives in a small room attached to the temple of Vai. She keeps a garden of herbs and vegetables behind the room. Brooke is kind to everyone but also lonely. Her best friend, Gabi Glarsk, 38, female Human died two weeks ago, and Brooke has no other friends. She is praying someone will arrive in town who wants to be her new friend. 

  • Geography: On the third day, the entire expedition studies the waters except for Nisberra the Smith who spends the time hunched over his small forge or scrounging for additional fragments of the Skyfall. Nemes returns to the waters to continue his search. Irakul grants the ability to breath under water to two of his Grogs and sends them with the Triton to walk the seabed. Meanwhile he and Brooke experiment upon the glowing seaweed washed ashore by the morning tides. They discover that both applications of eldritch fire by spell and boons of purification by prayer will cleanse the glow, but they fear the scope of the meteor’s effect is too large for either the Priest or Wizard to contain. Hours later, Nemes and the Grogs emerge from the sea, festooned in glowing seaweed and bearing the scars of battle with undersea predators, bearing news. They have spotted the meteorite of Skyfall on the ocean floor several miles south (location 7 see below). Irakul turns to all and annouces, “We must remove it from the seas before all is corrupted.” Brooke replies, “We’ll need the help of the every angler of Felka Cove with their nets and boats.” 

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