Friday, October 27, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #299

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #299 

October 27th, 2023 

  • Number: 299 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest:  Skyfall – Part 5 

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

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

  • Brief: Curious. As the expedition assembled to depart, everyone found it curious that Brooke Grodan, the priestess of Vai, suddenly appeared and joined the group. But then the Emissary, the Mayor, a wizard and a blacksmith found it curious that the others had taken an interest in this matter. Now, at the edge of a crater on Coran Island, the crumbled, scattered and crushed terrain scattered downhill ahead of them, the expedition found it curious there was no sign of the strange flora that Nemes found beneath the nearby waters. Irakul suggests the group carefully make their way downslope, looking for signs that the meteor lay buried ahead. No large mass was encountered and no signs of caves or chambers under the broken surface before the group reached where the beach, now covered in yards of dirt and stone, once lain. Nisberra the blacksmith, however, spotted unusual pieces of blackened stone that must be shards of Skyfall. As they rested at the water’s edge, Nisberra excitedly set up his travel forge and started the coals as he was curious to heat the stone and discover its nature. 

  • Nisberra (Nis) Trueheart, 106, Dwarf, is a talented blacksmith. He is of average height and has a top-heavy build. He wears his black hair buzzed up top, and his beard is thick and bushy. Nis has light green eyes that crinkle when he laughs. The symbol for his smith is a circle with an anvil in the center. Nis wears short-sleeved shirts and leather pants when he smiths. He also wears a large apron and heavy leather gloves. When he isn't working, he favors leather pants and patterned tunics. Nis's weapon is a hammer that he created to be extra light but still pack a wallop. 

  • Nis owns Iron Wolf Smithy. His interest in the meteorite is how it may help or hurt people in Felka Cove. He is also interested in taking a sample of the material to see its properties. The following day, the group leaves for the meteorite. A surprise visit from Brooke Grodan, the local cleric of Vai, rounds out the party. The closer they get, the more the local flora seems affected. Once there, Nemes Munugath stops them at the water's edge and retrieves samples of some plants and additional pieces of the meteorite (which Nisberra hadn’t spotted) that have broken off. 

  • Nis lives in a house attached to the smithy. Instead of one large structure, it comprises the house, stables, the smithery, and the shop. Nis's wife, Anryl, 99, female Dwarf, handles the shop and takes care of three grandchildren, Dolrick, boy 3, Anya, girl eighteen months, and Regdus, male newborn. Nis likes to visit the Melting Heart Inn and have drinks with his friends, Hunter, 50, male Human, and Conret Tallman, 63, female Halfling. 

  • Geography: The expedition departed their 1st camp on Coran Island (location 5 see below) in the morning. It took most of the day to carefully clamber down the tumbled slopes of the flattened south cliffs while looking for shards of meteoric iron and corrupted flora while avoiding pitfalls and potentially hostile fauna and unknowns. Late in the day, they established their 2nd camp (location 6 see below) along the water’s edge. Nisberra begins his experiments on the fragments as Irakul watches intently. As the sun sets and skies darken, Brooke and Nemes spot a faint glow on the surface of the waters. The light, to the Triton, resembles that which he encountered below the surface. Curious.  

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