Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #290
October 18th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Harroe Peoples Palace – Part 3
Location: Capital of County Harroe on the slopes of the Tuton Maug Spur in northeastern Ceannar
Population (approx.): 1,100
Brief: For the Noldrune Scouting Services (NSS) having two fading noble families, House Noldrune (#141) and the Harroe Peoples (#151), adjacent to each other, created a region ripe with intrigue and littered with potential threats to both City-States. The area of interest encloses Lapit Bay, includes the Buccaneer Arc (#183) and shares the border between Ceannar and Noldrune. As intelligence indicated Count Ingar Harroe was more actively courting various factions of the area (possibly including Count Noldrune), the NSS decided to carefully establish a Blind in the Harroe Peoples Palace complex, supported by the Blind in Lapit Cove (#109) to the west. The front is a popular laundry within the palace walls with connections to the local Ambassador of the City-State of Noldrune and at least one agent in the palace itself.
Tia Wolfheart, female 22, Human is a maid for Count Harroe and a spy for the City-State of Noldrune. She has long golden hair that she always wears in braids. Her cornflower blue eyes miss nothing, and she always looks for information. Her beauty rivals that of anyone working for the Count. Tia favors long skirts and blouses with flower prints on them. She is skilled with several weapons but enjoys using daggers. She has several pieces of clothing which have hidden compartments for daggers sewn in.
Tia's parents worked for the government in Noldrune. On her sixteenth birthday, the NSS recruited her. She is very apt with her skills and is not above using her beauty to advance her cause. Tia indirectly reports to Ambassador Grer Nukog, male 45, Human via the laundry Blind.
Tia lives in the servant's quarters in the People's Palace. She is friendly with all the other women and flirts outrageously with all the men. Tia has had a couple of affairs with minor nobles and one marriage offer but has no wish to marry someone from Ceannar. In the small amount of free time, she allows herself, Tia visits the Count's library, which he has generously opened to all who live and work in the Palace.
Geography: The space along the inside of the walls of the Harroe Peoples Palace hosts the bulk of the businesses, along with a small number of residences, that comprises the “town” of Harroe. All typical artisans and services are available including Lavender’s Laundy (location 2 see below) which cleans clothes and other gear and provides a small amount of quick turn “fix and stitch” tailoring (they recommend the town’s tailor for clothes made from scratch or that require significant alteration). Racks of tagged and bagged clean clothes hang from the ceilings. The tags are made to conceal messages within, revealed when Tia or her handler steams open the cardboard. Most of the clothes are cleaned in the back of the shop, but big loads or larger pieces (sheets, rugs or curtains) may be done at a local stream. The trips to and from the palace allow the spies of the Blind to pass intelligence to scouts who transport it west to the Lapit Cove Blind and from there to the government of Noldrune.